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When Elephants Weep: The Emotional Lives of Animals
When Elephants Weep The Emotional Lives of Animals
Author: Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson
This national bestseller exploring the complex emotional lives of animals was hailed as "a masterpiece" by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas and as "marvelous" by Jane Goodall. — The popularity of When Elephants Weep has swept the nation, as author Jeffrey Masson appeared on Dateline NBC, Good Morning America, and was profiled in People...  more » for his ground-breaking and fascinating study. Not since Darwin's The Expression of Emotions in Man and Animals has a book so thoroughly and effectively explored the full range of emotions that exist throughout the animal kingdom.

From dancing squirrels to bashful gorillas to spiteful killer whales, Masson and coauthor Susan McCarthy bring forth fascinating anecdotes and illuminating insights that offer powerful proof of the existence of animal emotion. Chapters on love, joy, anger, fear, shame, compassion, and loneliness are framed by a provocative re-evaluation of how we treat animals, from hunting and eating them to scientific experimentation. Forming a complete and compelling picture of the inner lives of animals, When Elephants Weep assures that we will never look at animals in the same way again.

From the Trade Paperback edition.
ISBN-13: 9780385314251
ISBN-10: 0385314256
Publication Date: 5/1/1995
Pages: 291
Rating:
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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4.1 stars, based on 8 ratings
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio Cassette
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reviewed When Elephants Weep: The Emotional Lives of Animals on
Helpful Score: 6
This book is a must read for and animal lover out there. The thought and insight into the minds and emotions of animals from the author leaves you pondering the wonderful question "Can animals feel much like humans?" This book is a wonderful story and documented journey of that very question.
reviewed When Elephants Weep: The Emotional Lives of Animals on + 157 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
I have mixed feelings about this book. I really appreciate that animals are getting their 'say' out there. They have feelings, memory, experience, etc. But is this book what they would actually say? Somehow I doubt this on too many levels. I kind of get the feeling from this book that bad people eat animals; but what does that make animals who eat animals? I was not convinced by the hit-over-the-head idea that eating animals is bad. I really do agree that we need to deal with them humanely. I mean, even the lion lets his food go free range and organic.
redheadindian avatar reviewed When Elephants Weep: The Emotional Lives of Animals on + 55 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
A masterpiece - the most comprehensive and compelling argument for animal sensibility ever written.
gigglebunnies avatar reviewed When Elephants Weep: The Emotional Lives of Animals on
Helpful Score: 3
This book is a very intellectual, insightful documentation of man verses science. This book unfortunately did not hold my attention and I found myself reading it in short spurts without finishing it.
serinlea avatar reviewed When Elephants Weep: The Emotional Lives of Animals on
Helpful Score: 3
As a lifelong dog lover, I agree 100% with the book's premise that animals have vivid and complex emotional lives. However, I was completely turned off in the early pages by the author's obvious disdain for those who stand behind the scientific method! I'm sure it's a wonderful book for someone not bothered by an editorial tone of that nature.
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reviewed When Elephants Weep: The Emotional Lives of Animals on + 177 more book reviews
This is a very in depth look at the evidence of emotions in animals. The pacing is not great--first half or so of the book is just the statement of the premise, and how the scientific establishment denies the existence of not only animal emotions but also animal suffering, because it reduces the moral implications of experimenting upon them.

The second half of the book is better and contains lots of anecdotes. However, the overall tone of the book is depressing, and one gets the sense that the person who would most benefit from receiving this information is the very person who would never pick up the book.


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