The Forest People adds an entirely new dimension to the literature on primitive people; the reader is carried along by the charm and movement of the narrative, almost unaware of the underpinning of arduous scientific field work that lies like bedrock below; The reader feels sheer delight in an entirely new world. - Margaret MeadAt Africa's inhospitable heart; in the Ituri Forest in north east Zaire; live the pygmies. A legendary people, they were mentioned by Homer, Aristotle and the Ancient Egyptians.Colin Turnbull lived with the pygmies for three years. He was accepted as their friend. He spoke their language, listened to their music, attended their ceremonies, witnessed their hunting, their quarrels and their love affairs. His astonishing book brings us closer than seems possible to the pygmies and their forest world. It conveys their love for the forest and their belief that its better and kinder than the outside world that threatens to destroy it.A book of quite exceptional charm.
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July 02, 1987
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