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Woman in the Mists by Farley Mowat

Woman in the Mists (1987)

by Farley Mowat

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Dian Fossey's story told by a kindred spirit. The parts of the book that are her own words are printed in boldface. He's one of my favorite writers, so I may be a little biased here. By he end of the book I felt as though I'd known her. ( )
  unclebob53703 | Feb 29, 2016 |
I read "Gorillas in the Mist" back in 2004, and liked it. But that was the story of the gorillas. This is the story of Dian Fossey. Of course, a lot of Fossey's life is intertwined with that of the gorillas, this book spends very little ink on their lives. Which is as it should be.

A reviewer for the New York Times Book Review said, "A rare gripping look at a heroic, flawed woman". And this book definitely is that. Fossey was heroic, and very flawed. Mowat is very sympathetic to Fossey, while still showing Fossey's warts.

Probably the most enlightening part of the book was the fight between Fossey's Digit Fund, and the Mountain Gorilla Fund, and how donors thought they were helping Fossey, only to find out that the money was actually going to an organization that did very little (some would say nothing) to help her or her organization.

Only negative thing to say about this book is that I personally do not like seeing people embarrassed. And there are times Fossey would be truly embarrassed by this book. Never mean spirited, but none the less, Mowat does not spare Fossey embarrassment. All in all, Mowat tells the tale. He isn't trying to embarrass her, but he lets her embarrass herself. Which is probably as it should be in a biography, but I just don't enjoy that.

Written in 1987, it makes me want to know more about what has happened to Karisoke in the aftermath of Fossey's death. What is the status of the park? What is the gorilla situation? Are things better, or have they gone to hell in a hand basket?

Good read if you are looking for something like this. ( )
3 vote Bill_Masom | Jun 29, 2011 |
If it was possible to give this book 6 stars out of 5, I would. Mowat's extensive research into Fossey's personal life and environmental crusade shows in this book. This book is informative and yet manages to bring the plight of both gorillas and Dian Fossey, herself, to life. ( )
  wenzowsa | Dec 1, 2010 |
Mowat gives the reader a full and dynamic look at this amazing, passionate crusader by using her own private correspondence, jounals and camp records, and through interviews with anyone who had a connection with her, whether friend or foe. It is full of action and suspense, from her activities with the gorillas to her battles with the Rawandan government and dangerous poachers. It is a must read for anyone interested in conservation and the struggle to protect vital habitat. Heartbreaking yet uplifting as well. ( )
2 vote KAzevedo | Jul 10, 2010 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0446387207, Paperback)

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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Portrays the experiences of the American woman zoologist who came to Central Africa in 1966 to study the mountain gorillas.

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