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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (Nov. 1 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446387207
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446387200
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 22.9 x 3.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 567 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #721,335 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A MASTERFULLY ORCHESTRATED CHRONICLE...DIAN FOSSEY AND FARLEY MOWAT ARE PERFECTLY MATCHED...THE BOOK THEY CREATED TOGETHER SHOULD BE SAVORED". -- San Francisco Chronicle

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FARLEY MOWAT began writing for a living in 1949 after spending two years in the Arctic. He has lived in or visited almost every part of Canada and many other lands, including the distant regions of Siberia. He is author of 39 books, including People of the Deer , Never Cry Wolf , Sea of Slaughter , The Snow Walker , And No Birds Sang , and No Man's River . With sales of more than 14 million copies in 25 languages, Farley Mowat is one of Canada's most successful writers. He and his wife, Claire Mowat, divide their time between Ontario and Nova Scotia.

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By A Customer on Oct. 12 2000
Format: Paperback
Another engrossing and fascinating Mowat title, another Mowat "must read", "Woman in the Mists" is the sympathetic biography of a woman whose work gave us a window into the world of the mountain gorilla, a species to whose protection and conservation she was devoted. By alternating excerpts from her diary entries and personal letters with his own descriptive text, Mowat brings Dian Fossey, a powerfully willed and often abrasive woman, to life. Her youthful years, young adulthood, her fateful meeting with Louis Leakey, her romantic involvements and disappointments, her first contacts with the gorillas and the years of her work and struggle are portrayed with humanity and affection. The tale is enormously enriched by her own words. She struggled indomitably against self-serving African bureaucrats, indigenous herdsmen and hunter-gatherers, antagonistic forces that gained strength against her in the fields of primatology and philanthropy, and her own gradually deteriorating health largely the result of a powerful smoking addiction.
But her work and her happiness were plagued by male academics and agents of philanthropic organizations who got caught up in a web of calumny and distrust motivated by primatologists who were seriously bent out of shape by her abrasiveness and who felt they could avenge themselves by vilifying her, possibly abetted by society's undercurrent of misogyny. Had there been no vilification, she may never have been killed, as her fatal enemy, probably an African, no doubt took strength from knowing how much she was hated by, for example, the American and European agents of the Mountain Gorilla Project.
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By Brandy on Aug. 31 2000
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Farley Mowat performed an excellent service when he wrote this book. Dian Fossey was a woman of great character, confidence, courage, determination, and conviction. Her life was lived for what she found to be a greater cause and the world is that much worse off without her. This book did an excellent job of showing the reader who Dian Fossey really was and what she really went through. I recommend it to anyone. It is well worth reading.
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Read this book, and you will feel like you know the real Dian Fossey. Personal letters, journal entries all give insight to her life as a living, breathing human being who had many friends (human and non-human). Her passion for life is inspirational! This is a must read, and also an excellent book to read for school projects!
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I liked Woman in the Mists very much. Mowat does a great job of protraying Fossey as a human, rather then a scientific researcher who was murdered. I would recomend this book to anyone who wants to read about a strong willed individual who refuses to back down under any and all hard conditions
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