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- Print Length: 332 pages
- Publisher: Mariner Books; 50th Anniversary of Gombe edition (April 7, 2010)
- Publication Date: April 1, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004H1UEXG
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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I admire her dedication to her work and promoting awareness of chimpanzees. Through this book, I realized that chimpanzees and human DNA differs by 1%. They have similar cognitive abilities, emotions as humans. What differs is we have a verbal communication skill set and more sophisticated brain. It has been shown chimpanzees are able to communicate via sign languages, constructing sentences via sign languages.I could easily relate the chimpanzees' incidents related in this book as humans do exhibit similar behaviors.
This book provides vivid descriptions of chimpanzees interaction among themselves, with other groups, mating, weaning, etc. These descriptions are due to the time and efforts by the field staff to track, monitor and study the chimpanzees since 1960s, when Jane Goodall was sent to Gombe to study chimpanzees.
In addition, Jane Goodall provides an insight into lab champanzees, pet and show chimpanzees. She painted that the environment these chimpanzees are in, may bear some resemblance to the Nazi concentration camp. I am in consensus with her on this. I am glad that the Jane Goodall Institute is working towards conserving the natural environments for the chimpanzees.
I highly recommend this book as this will make you ponder on how animals should be treated.
Most of it is not pretty but, then again, it's like reading about human history: there's the good, the bad, and the ugly. And it's no coincidence, since chimpanzees are our closest animal relatives.
Goodall's contribution to understanding this species is undeniable, as are her bold statements fifity-odd years ago regarding the emotional and humane position in which she regarded her subject matters. And it's plain enough to see that in this retelling, where she calls every chimpanzee by a human-given name.
Goodall bookends her story well, starting off with the reactions of the scientific community towards her in the beginning of her career and ending with a conclusive summary of the degrees of difference between humans and chimpanzees, as well as the horrors that some of these animals face in the name of scientific research.
It was fascinating getting to know various communities of chimpanzees in their natural habitat and understanding that Mother Nature is brutal without any added help from us.
I am an animal lover and have always been interested in chimps and their behavior. I was aware of some of the behaviors, but I definitely learned a lot from this book. The book follows several generations of chimps and really gives an in depth account of their lives. I especially enjoyed reading about the mother chimps and their babies. Some of the methods the mother chimps use could be used as great advice on how to raise any child. They were so loving and patient with their children. The bonds between the family members are so heartwarming and the bonds between the mothers and their children are incredible. All of them have such different personalities. I also loved the stories of the different males in the various groups. I would have liked to meet old Greybeard and have him reach out for my hand. There are also heartbreaking stories that I will never forget. I never cry reading books, EVER, but the description of Melissa's death got to the very heart of me and it was so vividly written that I felt every last moment of her life and I shed a few tears. Flo's story almost got me as well. Her son's grief over her death could tear down anybody. Flo was great I found her to be my favorite of all the chimps. I can only imagine how wonderful it would have been to have been a part of their lives like Jane has been all these years.
The only complaint I can make is actually not about the story at all. I wanted photographs! I have the Kindle version and there are no pictures at all. I saw in the description that there were pictures maybe it is only in the print version. It would have added so much to the story if I could have seen pictures of the chimps.
Through a Window: My Thirty Years with the Chimpanzees of Gombe
This book follows original chimp colony and the descendents of the individuals featured in the first book. Although many of the observations and conclusions presented in this book seem somewhat dated, I enjoyed reading the chapters devoted to different individual chimps. Goddall writes simply, with great empathy for her subjects and with modest authority in her conclusions. She documents the social dynamics of the chimpanzees, but is also provides a record of how our human perspective has changed since the mid –twentieth century.
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I am exceptionally jealous of Jane for having a life devoted to a passion.
And it is beautifully written - truly a window on another world.
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