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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Fascinating, April 22, 2004
This review is from: Lucy: Growing Up Human : A Chimpanzee Daughter in a Psychotherapist's Family (Hardcover)
I first heard about this book when I had to read "Next of Kin" by Roger Fouts for my Ape Language studies course. I heard about it again in Goodall's "Through a Window". Finally, I just had to order a copy and I was NOT disappointed. This book has everything: cross-fostering, psychotherapy, sexual taboos. Temerlin holds nothing back. And it all took place in the sixties/early seventies, which makes the story so much cooler. This book made me want to meet Maurice Temerlin and have a cup of coffee with him. Highly recommended to anyone who is interested in apes or psychoanalysis.
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Initial post: Feb 21, 2010, 8:42:20 AM PST
I thought this man was so completely wacko and should be jailed for what he did. Typical of so call intellectual's he pawned off his failed project on someone else who had to lose several years of her life trying to save his experiment. Truly a sad and disturbing read. Everyone lost in the end.

Posted on Feb 22, 2011, 4:43:27 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 22, 2011, 4:44:36 PM PST
David Toner says:
This became a sad story. At first fascinating. it became troubling and finally disturbing because of the poor choices and lack of responsible decisions on the part of the people involved. I think I would pass on the coffee.

Posted on Mar 1, 2012, 6:21:46 PM PST
This is one of my favorite books. I read a library copy long ago and had no idea how hard it is to find now. The Temerlins raised this chimp as their own daughter. Yes, that was reckless, but they loved this creature. I hate how it all turned out too, but it was the 1970's. I believe we think more clearly about our nearest relatives now, and part of that is because of the work of Roger Fouts and the experiences of this family. It isn't fair to look back and judge any of them under our present understanding and values system. Give the book a chance - it is incredibly insightful despite the human flaws of the, well, of the humans in the story. Let Lucy's story be heard despite that.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 15, 2012, 11:17:26 PM PDT
There are standards from antiquity for which your argument might have some merits.... we are not in the heroic age of Greece for example and war means something else today than it did then etc.

This is simply failure in parenting when things got difficult. They acted out of sheer self interest and sacrificed Lucy. I would not have wanted to have coffee with this self centered couple.
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