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Reflections of Eden by Biruté M.F. Galdikas
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Dec 11, 2011

really liked it
Read from December 11, 2011 to February 05, 2012

An interesting memoir of time spent living in the jungles of Borneo studying Orangutans. Birute's observation about orangutans are interesting although she was not a good enough writer to make me fall in love with the animals like some other nature writing I have read, although I certainly felt like I was there in her numerous descriptions of living and tromping through the jungle. What really holds the book back is that she has numerous observations about Indonesia and society in general, and how orangutans can teach us about ourselves, that just come off as a bit detached, and maybe even a little naive. Still worth the read.

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