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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; Reprint edition (Nov. 1 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446387207
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446387200
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 567 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
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"A PICTURE THAT IS TENDER AND TRUE...SHOW(S) FOSSEY IN ALL HER GRIT AND GLORY." -- Washington Post

"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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Deep in the volcano country of central Africa live some of the rarest, most intriguing animals on earth -- the mountain gorillas. Here, in the mist-shrouded forests, Dian Fossey courageously dedicated her life to studying them. Here she patiently waited until the luminous-eyed gorillas accepted her presence, hugged her, and loved her...while she fought for their survival against poachers, callous researchers, zoo collectors, and local bureaucrats. And here, surrounded by these enemies, she died, mysteriously and brutally murdered.

Now, one of the world's most respected naturalist writers draws for the first time ever on Dian Fossey's personal writings to reveal the true story of a magnificent obsession...one woman's enormous empathy for a highly intelligent, desperately endangered animal -- and how it ruled her life, her work, and her heart.

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RIP Farley Mowat and thank you for the years you gave to all of us. I have loved not only your books, but am thankful for your friendship and support you gave to me in my early years back home in Canada. This book captivated me, it is written with Dian's own words, using her personal diaries and notes so while reading it you feel every moment of her moods as events happened with her and her beloved gorilla's. Gorilla In The Mist is less personal and of course has a scientific tone. Woman In The Mist, is Dian, her heart - her passion - her anger and her frustrations, it is, the woman. I was fortunate enough to have met Dian at a primate conference in Kenya just 3 months before her murder so I appreciate even more having this book. They are both together now in Spirit, and are probably having a good chat about the mess this world is in.
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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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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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