Vanessa soon discovered that bonobos live in a peaceful society in which females are in charge, war is nonexistent, and sex is as common and friendly as a. Bonobo Handshake has ratings and reviews. Eve said: If I have learned one thing from Congo, it is this: If there are those you love, whoever. Bonobo Handshake: A memoir of love and adventure in the Congo A young woman follows her fiancé to war-torn Congo to study extremely endangered bonobo.

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I received this book from Goodreads Firsteads Giveaway. And because they share so much of what makes us human, if we lose bonobos, we will never understand ourselves. It is quite possible to enjoy the book even when skipping those scenes.

Jun 21, Sera rated it liked it Recommended to Sera by: Africa portal Extinct and endangered species portal Mammals portal Primates portal. Because bonobos are wary of men, Woods helps him carry out the experiments he conducts during repeated visits to Congo. Bonobos Although bonobos are our closest living relative, we still know very little about them. The author musing on how strange it is that humans are the only apes to develop to the extent that we have?

I’m not even sure I would classify it as good literature. How can bonobos teach humans about altruism and compassion?

Her resentment at having to do the experiments for her husband because bonobos in general prefer female humans and are mistrustful of males just seems so very odd – she’s being fed and housed as a result of her husband’s work, he’s the one who’s succeeded in getting the grants to carry out his research, she doesn’t cook or clean, and yet being asked to work is out of line?

Woods explained the situation in a way that it was both interesting and informative without getting boring. It makes handsjake question how critical the bonobos are when one realizes how expendable human life has become in these war zones or, indeed, all of Africa. Sexual bonding with other females establishes these new females as members of the group.


Learning to Speak Latino. Woods eventually finds her purpose: Return to Book Page. Photo of the Day. I don’t usually do reviews. The shorthand description for bonobos is that they use sex like chimpanzees use violence. Some have suggested that a reserve be established in a more stable part of Africa, or on an island in a place such as Indonesia.

No trivia or quizzes yet. I once told a friend about bonobos—”they’re like chimpanzees,” I said, “but they’re peaceful and have sex all the time”—and he thought I was making them up.

Handshake was published a year before House now that you have my back story – – I loved this book, I laughed and cried several times. A few years ago when I was taking my first anthropology class I read a book about bonobos from the library and I was fascinated.

VW, December 15, My thesis is this: The more closely related the species is to humans, the bigger the reticence. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. The contrast between the loving, peaceful society of the bono This is an extraordinary book–a combination memoir, animal behavior book, and book about African politics rolled into one amazing story of a young woman who marries a primate researcher and finds herself living in the Congo at a bonobo reserve.

Retrieved 5 September Resist their squirming and impatience and uncomfortable laughter, and just feel their heart throbbing against yours. Zoological Society of Milwaukee.

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Humans Reached the Roof of the World 40, Years. If there were six stars, I’d give them to this book. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. Dec 12, Rossdavidh rated it really liked it Shelves: I was leery of the book before I started, because of the mention of a “love story” in the publisher’s blurb. It is only fun and games testing, no horrible medical testing.

Having spent myself 4 months in Berlin observing Bonobos, Vanessa manages to make me cry several time. Uses authors parameter Webarchive template wayback links Articles with ‘species’ microformats Articles containing potentially dated statements from All articles containing potentially dated statements All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from June Articles with unsourced statements hanfshake March Articles needing more detailed references Commons category link is on Wikidata Wikipedia articles with GND identifiers.


Bonobo Handshake: A Memoir

She tells about the slaves having to work in When I first started reading this, Bonobbo assumed it would be about a lady that was lucky enough to have a career working with Bonobos, something I handshae thought would be fascinating!

Van This book was on display bonoobo the library and all I could remember was that I’d read another book about bonobos, fell in love, and wanted to read more; and promptly didn’t because of course another book captured my attention.

The only way love endures is because of one simple gift. Yet bonobos exist as a differential doppelganger, making love, not war, and living in such a way as that the emotions they live with are enough to bring them to die of loneliness, if separated from their kin.

This is a bit odd, because sex is directly related to Darwin’s Theory of Natural Selection, and even that Victorian grandee was willing to discuss sexual selection, and the idea that it was not only violent competition with other males, but also nonviolent competitive displays for females, that drove selection pressures. Jun 26, Mike rated it it was amazing. handshzke

Bonobo Handshake: A Memoir of Love and Adventure in the Congo

But not only do we learn of bonobos in this book we learn a lot about the troubled history of Congo, as the bonobo refuge she visits is in Congo; Lola Ya Bonobo Sanctuary run by an amazing woman – Claudine Andre. Democrats evolved from bonobos less fearfull of strangers, not inclined to fight, matriarchal and that God created Republicans in the image of Chimps male-dominated, fearful of strangers, aggressive and prone to war. For other uses, see Bonobo disambiguation. The contrast between the loving, peaceful society of the bonobos and the horrible atrocities committed in the Congo is part of what makes this book so compelling.