Gorilla Dreams: The Legacy of Dian Fossey

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iUniverse, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 280 pages
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Imagine that murdered primatologist Dr. Dian Fossey of Gorillas in the Mist fame were alive today and able to reflect upon her death as well as her legacy. This is the impetus behind author Georgianne Nienaber's compelling work, Gorilla Dreams: The Legacy of Dian Fossey.At the beginning of Gorilla Dreams, Fossey attends her own funeral and watches her murdered gorillas interacting with the graveside bystanders. She establishes a new relationship with the slain gorilla Digit, who acts as her guide after death as she carefully reviews her life, its challenges, successes, hardships, and the ultimate closure of her murder. Although Fossey's death is officially unsolved, recently released documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, as well as testimony from the International War Crimes Tribunal proceedings, offer new suspects, motives, and opportunities. Every fact about Fossey's life is meticulously annotated. However, the setting of her conversations with the murdered gorillas is obviously fictional, yet steeped in African tradition.Gorilla Dreams: The Legacy of Dian Fossey is a biographical interpretation of the famed primatologist's life that honors the African belief that the dead live on in spiritual form.
  

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Contents

Prologue
1
The Family Group
5
Forming Bonds
13
Breaking Bonds
21
Bonds of Happiness
33
Bonds of Fate
41
Bonds of Love
50
Children of Antiquity
57
19781979 Digits Murder
100
19781980 Aftermath
106
Smarties Party
113
Dont Confuse Defensive Behavior with
126
19801983 Exile
137
The Return
149
Requiem 1985
162
Coda
193

Faces of Death
63
Death and Dreams
72
Truth and Lies
78
Cinema Verite
91
Significant African Staff at Karisoke
211
Endnotes
219
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