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When Elephants Weep: The Emotional Lives of Animals

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When Elephants Weep: The Emotional Lives of Animals

When Elephants weep is a compelling book with an argumentative tone. The author Jeffrey Masson provides many heart wrenching stories as evidence of the emotional lives of animals. Each story gives readers insight into individual animals and their different emotions. Sto...
When Elephants weep is a compelling book with an argumentative tone. The author Jeffrey Masson provides many heart wrenching stories as evidence of the emotional lives of animals. Each story gives readers insight into individual animals and their different emotions. Stories, showing courage, sadness, embarrassment, anger and much more, are the basis for the authors┬┐ case. The chapters are cleverly organized by each specific topic, allowing readers to see many examples of each emotion. Not only are the unique stories shown as evidence but also history from supporting or opposing views are suitably cited throughout the text. Behaviorists such as Jane Goodall, Dain Fossey, and Cynthia Moss are often cited, an exciting way to support the authors theory. Jeffrey Masson stands up giving a voice to the otherwise wordless animals, presenting a positive and inspirational message by personifying animals. Though I already agreed with the main idea of animal emotions, this book was refreshing. I enjoyed the amount of evidence it held, giving those who agree new arguments for debating the opposite side. This book gave lots of information making it a challenge, however the author made it interesting and well worth it. My only criticism would be to point out the occasional repetitive nature and extensive amounts of information that created some boring points to the book. The few flaws I found were not enough to affect the enjoyment of the book. This book is a good read for all types of animal lovers and also for people with opposing views who enjoy a challenge. This book is sure to bring out many emotions in its readers.

posted by Anonymous on October 8, 2006

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1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

15 dollars for a nook book--no way. might be why there is only 2

15 dollars for a nook book--no way. might be why there is only 20 reviews here. read the book, was ok

posted by CathyFitzgerald on March 18, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2012

    15 dollars for a nook book--no way. might be why there is only 2

    15 dollars for a nook book--no way. might be why there is only 20 reviews here.
    read the book, was ok

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2012

    When Elephants Weep I was hoping that this book was going to be

    When Elephants Weep
    I was hoping that this book was going to be more about animal behavior with a lot of interesting facts, backed up with evidence. Instead it was a lot like an essay arguing that ethnologists are all wrong because they don’t connect animal’s actions to their emotions. It was about how animals all have emotions just like humans and that we can prove that they do have emotions because of the actions they show during certain situations. The major message in this book is that animals all have emotions and they show their emotions through their own actions. Another is that he believes scientists are not focusing on the right fields of study when it comes to animals and their emotions. I believe that if you are in the mood for an interesting debate on animals versus scientists then this would be a good book for you to read, as long as you are on the fence and not on one side or the other. If not this book is not so much for you. I liked in this book that it had strong arguments to begin with and that he was so towards and for animals having emotions and he is very good at getting his thoughts and points across. I didn’t like that he was very bias towards scientists in general and that if they didn’t think what he thought or believed then he had a lot to say about it. He also didn’t seem to cite any work that backs up his claims and arguments which bothered me a little. I rated this book as good, which is right in the middle, because it wasn’t a spectacular read to me but it wasn’t awful I’m more indifferent about this book.

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