Eagle Dreams: Searching for Legends in Wild Mongolia

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Globe Pequot, 2003 - Travel - 216 pages
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In praise of books by the author: "Bodio writes like Pavarotti sings. He is a master." --Tony Hillerman (for Querencia)

"Stephen Bodio has written an unpretentious yet thrilling book about falconry, one of man's oldest and most mysterious alliances in the natural world; and he takes us afield under the wild skies of birds of prey." --Thomas McGuane (for A Rage for Falcons)

"Fascinating, funny, sad, beautiful . . . Aloft is full of wonderful images and energy." --Annie Proulx


When Stephen Bodio was a young boy in the early 50's he saw an image in National Geographic which became forever etched in his mind: it was a photograph of a Kazakh nomad, dressed in a long coat and wearing a fur hat, holding a huge tame eagle on his fist. And a life-long fascination with Central Asia was born.
Mongolia, a vast country located between Siberia and China and little known to outsiders, was long under Soviet domination and inaccessible to westerners. When it became independent in 1990 Bodio began planning a pilgrimage to see if the eagle hunters of "The Picture" had survived. A life-long falconer himself, he longed to visit the birth place of falconry and observe the traditions that had survived intact through the ages. His fantasy was realized when he traveled independently twice to the westernmost region of Mongolia and spent months with the people and birds of his dreams. The ancient rituals of hunting with eagles are fascinating and the remarkable relationship these nomadic people have with their birds of prey is thrilling. With vivid prose and humor, Bodio gives life to his dreams and the people, landscapes, and animals of Mongolia that have become part of his soul.
 

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When Bodio (Querencia; On the Edge of the Wild) was a child, he spotted a photograph of a Kazakh nomad with a huge eagle perched on his fist, and a fascination with Asia was born. A lifelong ... Read full review

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Prologue
1
Dream
9
The Dream Made Real
65
Return
155
Epilogue
187
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Stephen Bodio's other books include Querencia, On the Edge of the Wild, Aloft, and Rage for Falcons. An excerpt from Eagle Dreams appeared in the February 2001 Atlantic Monthly and was selected by Frances Mayes for Best Travel Essays 2002. He lives in Magdalena, New Mexico.

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