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Dark Romance of Dian Fossey

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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 eac

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Published June 25th 1991 by Touchstone Books (first published June 1st 1990)
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Jun 14, 2009 Mazola1 rated it really liked it
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 Di ...more
Jun 18, 2012 Marissa rated it liked it
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 ...more
Nov 19, 2013 Brittany rated it really liked it
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 aro ...more
Aug 27, 2008 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chris by: anthropology class
Shelves: science, biogoraphy
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.
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Jun 12, 2010 Nancy rated it liked it
Shelves: read-nonfiction
Good portrayal of the grim life of Dian Fossey - isolated, mistrustful and obsessed with protecting her gorilla family.
Jan 11, 2016 Amy rated it it was amazing
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.
Mark Dunn
Dec 25, 2015 Mark Dunn rated it liked it
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.
Jan 12, 2009 Adina rated it really liked it
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!
May 01, 2013 Davehbo rated it really liked it
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.
Jun 18, 2010 Barbara rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-non-fiction
A compelling read. Dian Fossey's determination to protect the gorillas created a dark and ugly, at times, tale of compassion and fury.
Feb 22, 2009 Evalyn rated it really liked it
A fascinating look at Diane Fossey and the gorillas she tried so hard to protect.
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