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The Soul Of The Ape

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Early this century Eugène Marais, journalist, lawyer, poet and natural scientist, travelled to the wild Northern Transvaal and lived for three years at close quarters with a troop of chacma baboons.

The Soul of the Ape is the record of his experiences and observations.
Lost for forty years, the manuscript was only recently discovered and Robert Ardrey, who dedicated his Afri
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Paperback, 171 pages
Published 1973 by Penguin (first published 1969)
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May 01, 2013 Sue rated it really liked it
Not easy bedtime reading, but having enjoyed the movie about Eugene Marais, I wanted to give 'The Soul' a try. It was fascinating, if academic, with a long, effusive foreword by an admiring published fellow ethologist/zoologist. I will never be able to look at baboons again without remembering the underrated scientist and literary figure that EM was. His ground-breaking studies of the evolution of the primate brain received scant recognition in his lifetime although his work was plagiarised. The ...more
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Feb 24, 2016 David Kenrick rated it it was ok
The Soul of the Ape is an unfinished, unsatisfying work which is somewhat disingenuously marketed (by its blurb).

I remember walking out of the latest Planet of the Apes film (great fun) and wondering to myself whether or not apes could have a god. Did an ape religion of baffling intricacy exist completely unbeknownst to humankind? A Chimpanzee Christ? Gorilla gospels? Orang-utan oracles? I have a vivid imagination... anyway I forgot all about it five minutes later. Then, last month, in the Hay C
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Marais ('mah-REH', silent s) was the thirteenth and last child of his parents, Jan Christiaan Nielen Marais and Catharina. He attended school in Pretoria, Boshof and Paarl and much of his early education was in English, as were his earliest poems.

After leaving school he worked as a legal clerk and later as a journalist before becoming owner (at the age of twenty) of a newspaper called Land en Vol
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