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Paul Rosolie Mother of God Jane Goodall, Bill McKibben, Bear Grylls, Wall Street Journal Book

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Paul Rosolie, Paul Rosolie Sustainability

There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,

There is a rapture on the lonely shore,

There is society where none intrudes,

By the deep Sea, and music in its roar:

I love not Man the less, but Nature more,

From these our interviews, in which

I steal From all I may be, or have been before,

To mingle with the Universe, and feel

What I can ne’er express, yet cannot all conceal.

46 Responses

  1. Frank Lombardo

    What a great book…halfway through in a day and a half. Looking forward to event at Powerhouse Arena.

    March 21, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    • lisa

      One question… why didn’t you get eaten alive? WHAT A BUST.

      December 8, 2014 at 5:22 pm

  2. Elissa Johnson

    My students thoroughly enjoyed your presentation at the Darien Library last evening, and I look forward to reading your book – which they bought for me.

    Would you be interested in coming to speak here at DHS on Earth Day which is April 22? We might be able to provide a modest honorarium.

    Looking forward to your reply,
    Elissa Johnson

    March 27, 2014 at 2:30 pm


    ERIK &went afield yesterday and he gave me the copy. Thank you for signing it for me. I LOVE IT!!!!! I read a lot of field adventure books and yours is REALLY REALLY COOL!!!! I started reading it last night and will finish it soon.
    AGAIN , CONGRATULATIONS and keep up the GREAT WORK!!! I hope we can meet again soon. I will be in NY this summer.
    Please reply so we can all meet again this summer. I am still leading LOTS of field trips .

    April 22, 2014 at 2:05 pm


    ERIK &went afield yesterday and he gave me the copy. Thank you for signing it for me. I LOVE IT!!!!! I read a lot of field adventure books and yours is REALLY REALLY COOL!!!! I started reading it last night and will finish it soon.
    AGAIN , CONGRATULATIONS and keep up the GREAT WORK!!! I hope we can meet again soon. I will be in NY this summer.
    Please reply so we can all meet again this summer. I am still leading LOTS of field trips .

    April 22, 2014 at 2:05 pm

  5. Paul,
    I just had to add my name to the list of people who really enjoyed your book. I had a similar story about early education. I write novels of the ancient Maya, so the Peten is my jungle of choice. Your descriptions are masterful prose. You inspired me.

    Outstanding work! And so needed considering the crises of the world jungles and their awesome diversity.

    May 4, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    • prosolie8715

      Thanks so much David!

      December 15, 2014 at 12:43 am

  6. Doug Jeffries

    I just finished “Mother of God”. It is one of the most accurate depictions of jungle life I’ve read. I have spent many hours exploring the jungles of Samoa, Panama, Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, and many jungles in the US. You have viscerally captured the combination of awe and fear that would alternatively threaten to overwhelm me every time I ventured alone into those places. The jungles of the world must be protected if for no other reason than to allow future generations to experience those feelings. I’m sure there are some people so cold blooded, greedy and callus that no emotional appeal will sway them. But there are others in authority for who your book will provide the spark of enlightenment and hopefully will tilt them into action. Sincere thanks from a fellow jungle junky.

    May 16, 2014 at 9:38 pm

  7. Gerald Postma

    A great book. Just read a Dutch copy in one day. But during and afterwards it makes me sad because you wrote the same words others before also did. Humans are very capable to destroy their only home: Earth.

    We al know it, but when will it stop?

    When you met those men on your solo trip it was like two worlds almost collide but which one is the right one? Those men who might be kill you or you who could be a danger for those men? For me this was the best part of your book. Two worlds so close and so far away from each other. One world who will just live peacefully in their jungle and the other world who represents destruction.

    May 26, 2014 at 5:43 pm

  8. bernie

    yeah a really great book!! only part way but hooked and think one of the best books i have ever read!!

    May 28, 2014 at 11:39 am

  9. Peter Michelman

    Thank you.

    May 31, 2014 at 6:44 pm

  10. Paulapurvis

    I am so excited,you put a smile on my face ,such a exploration of the western gate and I have to understand this volume of knowledge in your book again I love the message and grip you have on the Mother of God ,found you on mongabay .I too hand out peta vegan magazines and write about funny poems of conservation ,love,Paula

    June 4, 2014 at 12:40 pm

  11. Susan Harrison

    I just finished your book. Never before have I been so in love with a book as to read all the way to the very last end page and wish for more. Your book is outstanding and engrossing. Thank you and thank you for all you are doing with your team.

    June 5, 2014 at 11:31 pm

  12. Gerry Shepherd

    I wish I could express how very, very much I enjoyed your book, from all the encounters with the animals of the wild, to the sweet gentleness with which your discovery of the peoples and habitat you came to love, was alive on all the pages of your wonderful book.
    Because of you, I am in love with Madre de Dios.

    July 1, 2014 at 7:15 pm

  13. Marsha Manuell

    We read to escape the ordinary of our every day. Wow, this is so far from any day I’ve ever experienced and so much better than fiction. I kept reaching for this book at every opportunity. Mesmerizing and educating.

    October 15, 2014 at 3:32 am

  14. Jennifer

    All of your books should be boycotted. You have lost all credibility after participating in the Discovery channel show covered in pig’s blood
    Being eaten alive by a snake. I have signed the petition to stop the airing of this show. Animal cruelty and disgusting behavior.

    November 6, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    • G ZED

      You are so right. Paul totally messed up by doing this stunt. I used to think he would be one of the great naturalists, but now that he was willing to do this stunt? No more. He is a hooligan with access to knowledge and wild places.

      November 20, 2014 at 4:19 pm

  15. AL

    You disgust me, you pathetic, money grubbing bastard! I hope the snake kills your sorry, stupid ass! Shame on you and shame on the Discovery Channel for airing such unmitigated GARBAGE! It’s only fitting you cover yourself in pig’s blood -YOU ARE ONE!

    November 7, 2014 at 1:55 am

    • dee

      You claim to be all about nature, but what you are is a pathetic attention seeking idiot who DAMAGES nature. I have signed the petition against your disgusting show, and will NEVER watch discovery again.As for The Discovery Channel..good move to seriously piss off animal lovers the world over. Tossers.

      November 9, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    • terry

      so what happens then? do you know?

      November 10, 2014 at 4:40 pm

  16. Craig

    I have no respect for you man, since you clearly have no respect for nature.

    The ‘being eaten alive’ stunt was just an appalling publicity attempt. That snake survived but it could very easily have been killed, all for your poncy little TV show. You are vile.

    It would only have been an interesting event if you had been killed doing it, pity you didn’t though.

    November 7, 2014 at 8:03 am

  17. Cris

    Nice job deleting all the negative comments about the new discovery channel segment. Hurting a defenceless animal for the sake of ratings. I bet this comment will be gone soon as well. Maybe I should write about how much I love your book but that would be lying.

    November 7, 2014 at 1:27 pm

  18. Richard Taranto

    I just finished your book which I thought was great. Then I saw the hideous publicity event you are doing for the Discovery Channel. Any respect I had for you and your accomplishments has vanished. As one with an apparent love and respect for snakes, what are you trying to prove? Shame on you.

    November 7, 2014 at 11:40 pm

  19. saeed from iran

    It is actually terribly corroded.
    I hope Luck

    November 11, 2014 at 6:41 am

  20. Siri V

    Mother of God is engaging and captivates you from the first page to the last. I couldn’t put the book down each time I picked it up! The book finished much sooner than I wanted it to.

    Paul Rosolie has done amazing work! His book is a must read for everyone out there!

    I hope his show #EatenAlive will give him the platform to do even greater work and help conserve the forest we have left on earth!

    November 12, 2014 at 5:40 am

  21. Davie VdB

    I’ve been following the ads for eaten alive, and was horrified. Now I’ve been reading more into it and picked up the book today and can’t put it down. I think the commercials are area good way to promote this book any get people aware of the real issue which isn’t a man eating a snake, because that doesn’t happen, but about the beautiful Amazon and how we’re losing such a beautiful part of the planet. That is what this book and the show is about.

    Thanks Paul. Great book

    November 16, 2014 at 11:27 pm

  22. West Derwin

    Hey Paul…How did the snake get it’s mouth open wide enough to accommodate your nose? What…too soon?? Too mean??? Hey…someone has to stick up for the snake! You did such a nice job with your book but then blew your credibility with this stupid stunt? You’re an arrogant idiot. To hell with you and the Discover Channel.

    November 20, 2014 at 4:23 pm

  23. magnificent submit, very informative. I ponder why the other
    experts of this sector do not understand this. You must continue your writing.

    I’m sure, you’ve a huge readers’ base already!

    November 24, 2014 at 7:13 am

  24. che phillips

    hey what a great book, I just finished the book last night and then googled you and found out about your discovery channel show “eatten Alive” I thought it was quite funny the timing and all. I see your getting a lot of flack for the show, and I’ve been fighting off the trolls on some of the boycott discovery channel groups on facebook. After reading your book I was really inspired and your doing a good thing over there!, I was over is South America for 5 months this year what a beautiful place. Me and my partner worked at an animal refuge based in Ecuador zoofuegiotarqui , not the most ideal situation for these animals but most of them been house hold pets discarded by owners, sick and injured. or picked up from officials from animal trafficking. It was pretty hard to see and hear about the trouble these animals are in and I really think the masses have no idea how fragile the situation is over in the Amazon. It was an eye opener to me a world away in New Zealand, What a great read, keep up what your doing man dont give up! people are watching… like the indigenous people of NZ would say Chur your a good cunt!

    December 8, 2014 at 9:05 am

  25. Johnathan

    Hey paul, i dont care what people are saying about your show eaten alive! I found it very entertaining to say the least and i dont care if you didnt get eaten, what you did was insanely ballsy enough! And it is bothering me that people are saying what they are saying i gaurantee no one would come close to havin the guts to do what you did, diving in after 20 ft snakes to the bottom of floating forest to letting one constrict you and nearly breakin bones even with your suit on! Just because you didnt get consumed doesnt mean what you did was a hoax, youre the ballsiest (and craziest lol) dude ive ever seen i hope you read this, and i really hope you get the chance to try it again….keep on entertaining dude, look forward to more kick ass stuff from you dude

    December 9, 2014 at 3:20 am

  26. mark

    You look just like Eliad Cohen!

    December 9, 2014 at 9:12 pm

  27. Paul I would jump an anaconda with you any day man I want to go to the amazon it’s been a life long dream to see it I’ve never been out of North Carolina but if you need an extra man down there I’m your guy

    December 15, 2014 at 11:42 pm

  28. I loved watching eaten alive it was the most gorgeous thing I’ve ever seen I have always had an interest in snakes filling my pockets as a kid and my mother mad cause I had them in her car. I know there’s no chance on gods green earth that I’ll ever get a chance to see a snake like the beautiful anaconda or a place like the amazon but man I sure would love to go there and catch that beautiful creature. And just be a part of saving such a magical place. Paul just know I’m your biggest fan and don’t let all the haters get you down you do an amazing job and in all seriousness if you ever do need an extra hand my bags can pack them self. Lol. Can’t wait to read your book.

    December 15, 2014 at 11:57 pm

  29. First off, coincidentally – I learned today that my daughter is a friend of your Paul (Alix Diaconis)- I was talking about you and she knew you.

    Anyway, I’m writing to thank you. You’re “eaten alive” work raised awareness for me about wildlife & their habitats. I have adopted a tiger since then, & I take my new found awareness to our twitter, asking our followers to also attend to the important issue of wildlife & their habitats.

    Thank you! Dian Larkin Yudelove

    December 28, 2014 at 12:36 am

  30. gargi bunas

    Your show was great!!! Congratulations.

    December 31, 2014 at 4:20 pm

  31. Nischal Bhujel

    Hello Paul, i just watched eaten alive and i’m just so stunned! That’s something that i’ve never ever seen in my entire life, a man keeping his life at risk to show us how it feels to be eaten by Anacondas. I really respect your guts man! All the best.

    December 31, 2014 at 4:31 pm

  32. Lopa

    I can’t express how much i enjoy your show “Eaten Alive”.I thought how painful when you are in anaconda’s mouth.I salute you and your team for such a good job.I am waiting your book to read.

    December 31, 2014 at 5:52 pm

  33. You look just like Eliad Cohen!

    January 1, 2015 at 5:17 pm

  34. Wow! What an Adventure you,ve shared with the World. 2 of my favorite books that I,ve read in the past were “The Dove” by Robin Graham and “Walk across America” by Peter Jenkins and now you’ve written an Awe inspiring book that totally fascinates and transfixes me with you’re innate ability transport us along on that Adventure with you through you’re enlightening prose. Thank you for being you’re inquisitive, adventurous self and sharing that legacy, you’ve eloquently captured that spirit and are truly blessed.

    January 6, 2015 at 8:11 pm

  35. Joe

    Hi Paul
    its a nice book .!!
    well PAUL i want to ask you about how to become a herpetologist

    January 15, 2015 at 5:57 pm

  36. Deep

    Your show was just amazing. But I thought u would get eaten by the anaconda bt it didn’t happen. Anyways thumbs up!

    January 20, 2015 at 2:20 pm

  37. Deep

    Ur show was just amazing. But I thought u would get eaten by the anaconda. I didn’t happen. Anyways thumbs up!

    January 20, 2015 at 2:24 pm

  38. vishwanathan

    hi sir,,, i m from india,, m urs great fan,, me also very interested in this wonder world adventure,, m doing enginnering,, i need to join ua team sir,, its my aim,, pls suggestme,, pls sir plssssssssssss

    January 21, 2015 at 6:26 am

  39. Vrinda Shankar

    Mr. Paul,
    Congratulations for your book!
    Your passion for protecting and helping nature is really amazing! I loved your show-’eaten alive’.I also aspire to become like you and serve nature.
    Congrats again,

    February 19, 2015 at 9:58 am

  40. gracias amigo por tu aporte en la conservacion de la amzonia peruana, un abrazo desde puerto maldonado

    February 21, 2015 at 8:46 am

  41. sir poul its a wonder ful book you have written when i star reading your book MOTHER OF GOD i feel very inspierable even when i read this book without going amazon i can feel the god gifted amazon inside family like this book very much .with you i also have a greater dream to see one day the amazon .sir poul lastly i wanted to say this a all inspierinf book and the western amazon.

    February 28, 2015 at 11:52 am

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