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Without scientific training but with abundant determination, Dian Fossey persuaded the eminent Louis Leakey to send her to Africa to study the last remaining mountain gorillas.Fossey, always extreme, was what you call "hands on." She virtually lived with the gorillas, slowly earning their trust. However, the closer to anthropoids, the farther from humans. More militant eacWithout scientific training but with abundant determination, Dian Fossey persuaded the eminent Louis Leakey to send her to Africa to study the last remaining mountain gorillas.Fossey, always extreme, was what you call "hands on." She virtually lived with the gorillas, slowly earning their trust. However, the closer to anthropoids, the farther from humans. More militant each year, she antagonized friends and earned enemies. In the end they killed her."Only the author's disciplined research, compassionate heart and inspired prose could have made us understand how one woman saved the animals that she loved so much." --Diane McMeekin, African Wildlife Foundation...

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  • Boredlaura
    2018-11-29 21:49

    Bitch be crazy!

  • Mazola1
    2018-11-27 01:48

    The Dark Romance of Dian Fossey is one of the most compelling biographies you're ever likely to read, and one of the oddest. That is undoubtedly because its subject, Dian Fossey, is one of the most enigmatic and least known persons ever to become world famous. Hayes' book pierces through some of the fog that still surrounds Fossey, but in the end she remains a dark figure shrouded in mystery and misunderstanding. Still, Hayes' book comes as close as anything ever written in capturing the real Dian Fossey.Fossey was an obscure and unknown occupational therapist in her mid thirties when she somehow persuaded renowned anthopologist Louis Leakey to allow her to go to Africa to study the mountain gorilla. For most of the rest of her life she lived in virtual isolation high in the Virunga mountains in Rwanda. In the process, she achieved stunning and unexpected success, becoming the first human ever to be touched by a mountain gorilla, as well as becoming a world famous authority on their behavior. At times she could be charming and sociable, especially when seeking funding for her project. But there was a darker side. Fossey was a difficult and complex person, who was scarred both by her pre-Africa life and her experiences in Africa. She was briefly taken prisoner during a war in the Congo, and may or may not have been repeatedly raped. Friends and acquaintances were brutally murdered. She never married, had a number of affairs in Africa, and a proclivity for alienating people. By the time she was murdered in Africa, she had earned the hatred of nearly everyone with whom she had come into contact. She drove away most of the students who came to Africa to work with her with her critical and unpleasant personality. The one serious affair she had, with a married photographer sent to photograph her work, resulted in three abortions and a broken heart. Fossey came to take solace in her beloved mountain gorillas and devoted her life to trying to save them. The mountain gorilla, rarely seen by people, had shrunk to a population of about 300. Whether Fossey's energetic, and at times extreme measures were more harmful than helpful is a controversial issue. While some have argued that her tactics invited reprisals against the gorillas, others argue that without her success in bringing their plight to public attention, they would have already become extinct.Fossey terrorized and insulted the native Africans, and shot at and tormented poachers. She killed their cattle, briefly kidnapped a child, played on their superstitions, and abused poachers she caught with such tactics as whipping them about their genitals and smearing them with gorilla dung. Small wonder that when someone broke into her cabin and cut her throat, there was no shortage of suspects. The Rwandan government accused and convicted in absentia one of her research assistants, but few believe he was the actual murderer. Perhaps it was fitting that Dian Fossey died in Africa and was buried nearby some of the gorillas she had loved. And perhaps it is not so odd at all that her death was just as mysterious as the rest of her life. Fossey's life was poorly documented, which is not so surprising since most of it was lived high on an isolated mountain in the middle of Africa. Her versions of events in her life were often contradictory and sketchy, and often at odds with those of other people. Dian Fossey was indeed a dark figure, shrouded in the mists of a life lived far from the public view. Hayes' book is a fascinating look at her, a real life journey into a heart of darkness.

  • Brittany
    2018-12-17 20:51

    As a longtime fan of Dian Fossey and the film Gorillas in the Mist, I found Hayes' book to be very informative and well written. I understand her and her work a little better now for reading Hayes' book, as he portrays all aspects of her personality and behavior, even those that may not be flattering. Dian was not perfect, as no human being is, and I liked that the author explored her imperfections as well as her motivations for continuing her research despite objections from nearly everyone around her. I highly recommend this book to fans of Dian's life and work.

  • Marissa
    2018-11-29 21:55

    I was very keen to read something about Dian Fossey for my upcoming adventure to Rwanda and settled on this book - I'm glad I did - I got an unbiased glimpse into the life of a woman that everyone knows and nobody knows. I'm of the opinion she did more harm than good for the silverback gorilla's but I'm open to having that change once I see the area for myself and perhaps learn more during my visit with the gorilla's. I would recommend this book for anyone very interested in learning more about Dian Fossey - don't expect to learn that much about silverback gorilla's though.

  • Chris
    2018-12-10 19:34

    I was an anthropology/archaeology major in school, so we read many books over the years about dian fossey and her quest to save gorillas in africa. It's almost tragic how she became disenchanted with reality and would go for 10 months straight without any human contact, while living among the gorillas.

  • TaleofGenji
    2018-12-10 03:42

    I registered a book at!

  • Nancy
    2018-11-23 21:51

    Good portrayal of the grim life of Dian Fossey - isolated, mistrustful and obsessed with protecting her gorilla family.

  • Amy
    2018-11-30 22:34

    A fascinating and complex examination and portrayal of a fascinating and complex woman. Hayes does a magnificent job of peeling away the layers and laying out different sources so the reader can come to an understanding on their own. Ms. Fossey made the job incredibly difficult - telling different people different versions of the same events - and Hayes really does a spectacular investigation to help us understand this vital and tremendously complex woman. Kudos, Mr. Hayes.

  • Adina
    2018-11-27 19:32

    entertainingly written, interesting, and i'm learning a lot. i wish i could have been one of louis leaky's "ape girls"- in an alternate life.the book was set up kind of like a backwards murder mystery, which was cool, but have changed my mind about a career in primatology!

  • Mark Dunn
    2018-11-27 02:26

    What wasted life ,war ,poverty ,and birthrates have undone all her meddling. Fossey and her kind are neocolonialist the great white environmentalist come to save earth. Meanwhile the local people don't even have clean water to drink.

  • Sarah
    2018-12-08 01:37

    Very well-written book about a fascinating woman who I knew hardly anything about. And of course, personally interesting to me were the excerpts about National Geographic's role in her project.Now I can't wait to go and see the mountain gorillas for myself one day!

  • Evalyn
    2018-12-11 21:25

    A fascinating look at Diane Fossey and the gorillas she tried so hard to protect.

  • Davehbo
    2018-12-05 21:25

    This is what Gorillas in the Mist should have been. A truthful accounting of Goodall's life. Much more interesting. A good companion to her book.

  • Barbara
    2018-12-01 22:53

    A compelling read. Dian Fossey's determination to protect the gorillas created a dark and ugly, at times, tale of compassion and fury.