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Woman in the Mists: The Story of Dian Fossey and the Mountain Gorillas of Africa Paperback – November 1, 1988


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; Reprint edition (November 1, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446387207
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446387200
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 5.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #980,935 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Mowat, author of Never Cry Wolf and Sea of Slaughter, had access to Fossey's private papers; he has used excerpts from her diaries, amplifying the material with interviews from people who knew her wellfriends, enemies, colleagues, lovers. It is a gripping story from beginning to gruesome end, filled with drama, intrigue and love affairs. Fossey was an attractive, intelligent, determined woman; she was duped by some of the men in her life and, in the end, victim of ugly rumors and lies. Mowat redresses the record and offers a new theory about her murder in Africa in 1985. He believes that the two-year extension of her visa was Fossey's death warrant, that she had become a threat to Rwandans who wanted to exploit parkland for tourismnot a poacher, but a hired assassin killed Fossey. Her mercurial personality alone gives the book a wider audience than most in the nature-adventure genreand it is fitting that such a passionate defender of wildlife as Mowat write about her. Illustrations.
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From Library Journal

The murder of Dian Fossey at her research camp in Rwanda focused world attention on her 19 years of struggle to study and preserve the mountain gorilla. Mowat ( Never Cry Wolf ) has, as intended, organized Fossey's journals into a biography that quotes her writings so heavily as to be autobiographical. Much of the text parallels material in Fossey's Gorillas in the Mist ( LJ 5/15/83) but provides additional insights into her personal life, difficulties in maintaining funding, and the continuation of her work up to her death in 1985. This gripping, action-packed story is essential reading for all who understand the sacrifice of self for the preservation of other species. Highly recommended. Frank Reiser, Nassau Community Coll., Garden City, N.Y.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 12, 2000
Format: Paperback
Another engrossing and fascinating Mowat title, another Mowat "must read", "Woman in the Mists" is the sympathetic biography of a woman whose work gave us a window into the world of the mountain gorilla, a species to whose protection and conservation she was devoted. By alternating excerpts from her diary entries and personal letters with his own descriptive text, Mowat brings Dian Fossey, a powerfully willed and often abrasive woman, to life. Her youthful years, young adulthood, her fateful meeting with Louis Leakey, her romantic involvements and disappointments, her first contacts with the gorillas and the years of her work and struggle are portrayed with humanity and affection. The tale is enormously enriched by her own words. She struggled indomitably against self-serving African bureaucrats, indigenous herdsmen and hunter-gatherers, antagonistic forces that gained strength against her in the fields of primatology and philanthropy, and her own gradually deteriorating health largely the result of a powerful smoking addiction.
But her work and her happiness were plagued by male academics and agents of philanthropic organizations who got caught up in a web of calumny and distrust motivated by primatologists who were seriously bent out of shape by her abrasiveness and who felt they could avenge themselves by vilifying her, possibly abetted by society's undercurrent of misogyny. Had there been no vilification, she may never have been killed, as her fatal enemy, probably an African, no doubt took strength from knowing how much she was hated by, for example, the American and European agents of the Mountain Gorilla Project.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Mary Whipple HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on January 23, 2005
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When it came to dealing with people, Dian Fossey was sometimes her own worst enemy, but her dedication to saving the African mountain gorilla and its habitat in Rwanda is indisputable. Describing himself as an "editorial collaborator," rather than as a biographer, Farley Mowat assembles Fossey's story from her never-before-printed journals and private papers, inserting them directly into the book in boldface so she can tell her own story. From her founding of the Karisoke Research Center in Rwanda in 1967, until her murder there in December, 1985, Fossey battled to save "those she loved" from poaching, abduction, and dismemberment.

Throughout her eighteen years at Karisoke, Fossey studied organized groups of gorillas to whom she became so familiar that they would even touch her. As fierce and protective of her own "turf" as a silverback, however, she refused to bend to the exigencies of the political climate and funding requirements and made innumerable enemies. When local herdsmen exerted their age-old rights to graze cattle on "her" mountain, Fossey shot the cattle. When poachers hurt her gorillas, she pursued them, even kidnapping the four-year-old son of one of them to force his surrender. When students at her own Center disagreed with her, she could be brutal.

Fossey also fought local officials, park guards, and conservators who took bribes and staged events in order to protect their payoffs. She battled conservation organizations which wanted to get her funds, rival researchers who wanted to take over her project, and governmental officials who saw tourism in the park as a source of wealth and graft. Always fighting with ferocity, she made no effort to see another point of view or compromise.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Aleeli@aol.com on October 20, 1998
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I liked Woman in the Mists very much. Mowat does a great job of protraying Fossey as a human, rather then a scientific researcher who was murdered. I would recomend this book to anyone who wants to read about a strong willed individual who refuses to back down under any and all hard conditions
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Brandy on August 31, 2000
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Farley Mowat performed an excellent service when he wrote this book. Dian Fossey was a woman of great character, confidence, courage, determination, and conviction. Her life was lived for what she found to be a greater cause and the world is that much worse off without her. This book did an excellent job of showing the reader who Dian Fossey really was and what she really went through. I recommend it to anyone. It is well worth reading.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Richard Natoli-Rombach on August 3, 2012
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I enjoyed Mr. Mowatt's account of Dian's life and times with mountain gorillas. I was a research assistant there in 1974 and though he never personally interviewed me his account of my time there was very accurate.

When reviewing anyone's work and passion there are many facets to the story. The love, passion and dedication Dian had for the mountain gorillas was wonderfully illustrated. I had many encounters with her beloved Digit and Dian took several pictures of Digit and me sitting side by side. Most cannot even imagine the emotional devastation and impact this had on Dian. Dian knew the gorillas and they knew her as almost one of their own and this is very evident in Mr. Mowatt's writing.

What I particularly liked was Mr. Mowatt's portrayal of Dian's perception of her life, work, colleagues, enemies, etc. It gave an insight into Dian's thoughts and feelings that even those who worked with her could only guess at. We get to see the world of Dian Fossey as viewed through the mind and eyes of Dian herself.

To say Dian was a troubled person at times is an understatement. Mr. Mowatt did focus on some of this but the intent of his book is to portray her life's work with mountain gorillas and not delve into her many personal demons. There are other books and articles that address this.

What I most appreciated is that even having personally known Dian I was able to get to know more of the whole Dian, the parts that came before and after I knew her. It gave me a better perspective on her life and made my memories even more memorable.
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