Eleanor Goodey Goodey itibaren Marmara, Nijerya
enjoyed this much more than the first volume. wanted more closure at the end, but I guess that will come in volume three.
Perhaps I'm getting tired of books with this theme, but I found this pretty trivial. Entertaining enough, but trivial.
This book was an excellent source if you are interested in non-human primate violence. We've all seen Jane Goodall specials and "Gorillas in the Mist" depicting non-human apes as kind creatures who just want to be friends and care for their young, this book goes into the other, rather horrifying side of chimp, gorilla, and orangutan life. There is also some very interesting information on hyena females and sexual mimicry. The main problem the book has is its overly-simplistic comparison on other apes actions to human society. It could also be argued that it glorifies bonobos to be unrealistically non-violent.
For some reason I was so embarassed about reading this book that I sneakily read it in long bursts, hidden away in my bedroom, with the intention of never telling anyone. But I ended up telling everyone because this book is fucking incredible. Can I say that on Goodreads? Loved it. The crunchy womyn's herstory/fantasy elements are purely superficial. The sweeping epic (ahem) tells the story of the Arthurian legend from the women's point of view, the particular women in question being Arthur's sister (a "Druid" high priestess, for lack of a more accurate word), wife (the piously Christian Gwendolyn), and ... someone else. The real story is the historical struggle between Christianity and the old "pagan" religions it wiped out. So, so good. Totally changed my opinion of the "fantasy" genre.