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The dark romance of Dian Fossey
Hayes, Harold.
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New York : Simon and Schuster, [1990]

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351 pages ; 25 cm
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QL31.F65 H39 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
QL31.F65 H39 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
QL31.F65 H39 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Biography

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Some found Dian Fossey ``charming, beguiling, captivating''; others considered her ``difficult, crusty, obsessed.'' Hayes ( The Last Place on Earth ) sought out friends and foes alike for this riveting portrait of a tempestuous life. At age 35, Fossey, an American primatologist, plunged into Africa with no experience of other cultures; she was ignorant of local languages and French, of politics and local peoples. Given the circumstances, as Hayes notes, Fossey's survival was a miracle of will. Her enemies were legion: poachers, cattle herders, park officials, research students. Her love affair with photographer Bob Campbell was probably the happiest time of her life, suggests Hayes. Obsessed with the gorillas and trusting nobody, Fossey seemed bent on self-destruction during her last years in Rwanda. She was 52 when she was murdered in 1985. Here is a tragic, charged tale of romance and adventure enthrallingly told. Photos. First serial to Esquire; Literary Guild alternate; Reader's Digest Condensed Books selection. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Hayes's book, promoted as the first ``completely objective portrait'' of Fossey, provides some new details on her life but has a rather offensive emphasis on her emotional and sexual history. Moreover, Hayes, who died in 1989 and was the author of the African memoir The Last Place on Earth ( LJ 4/15/77), pays little attention to the gorillas themselves. Fossey's own Gorillas in the Mist ( LJ 5/15/83) remains the best account of her obsessive and tragic devotion to the gorillas. Still, this book and Farley Mowat's Woman of the Mist ( LJ 10/15/87), which also describes Fossey's passionate nature, her unorthodox methods of protecting the gorillas, and her murder by an unknown assailant, will be good secondary sources for patrons who want to know more about this fascinating figure. Literary Guild alternate.-- Beth Clewis, J. Sargeant Reynolds Community Coll. Lib., Richmond (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.