Bonobo Handshake: A Memoir of Love and Adventure in the by Vanessa Woods

By Vanessa Woods

A younger girl follows her fiancé to war-torn Congo to review super endangered bonobo apes-who train her a brand new fact approximately love and belonging.

In 2005, Vanessa Woods accredited a wedding thought from a guy she slightly knew and agreed to affix him on a learn journey to the Democratic Republic of Congo, a rustic reeling from a brutal decade-long battle that had claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands. Settling in at a bonobo sanctuary in Congo's capital, Vanessa and her fiancé entered the realm of a unprecedented ape with whom we proportion 98.7 percentage of our DNA. She quickly chanced on that some of the population of the sanctuary-ape and human alike-are refugees from unspeakable violence, but bonobos dwell in a calm society during which women are responsible, struggle is nonexistent, and intercourse is as universal and pleasant as a handshake.

a desirable memoir of desire and experience, Bonobo Handshake lines Vanessa's self-discovery as she reveals herself falling deeply in love along with her husband, the apes, and her new atmosphere whereas probing life's maximum query: What eventually makes us human? brave and awesome, this precise tale of revelation and transformation in a delicate nook of Africa is ready taking a look prior the diversities among animals and ourselves, and discovering in them an analogous notable braveness and should to outlive. For Vanessa, it's approximately discovering her personal course as a author and scientist, falling in love, and discovering a house.

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A marathon is a running event, after all, not a walking event. But in that one race, even walking was a problem. The thought crossed my mind a few times that maybe I should give up and hitch a ride on one of the event shuttle buses. My time was going to be awful anyway, I thought, so why not just throw in the towel? But dropping out was the last thing I wanted to do. I might be reduced to crawling, but I was going to make it to the finish line on my own steam. Other runners kept passing me, but I limped on, grimacing in pain.

Along with this, my diet started to gradually change as well. I began to eat mostly vegetables, with fish as my main source of protein. I never liked meat much anyway, and this aversion became even more pronounced. I cut back on rice and alcohol and began using all natural ingredients. Sweets weren’t a problem since I never much cared for them. As I said, if I don’t do anything I tend to put on the pounds. My wife’s the opposite, since she can eat as much as she likes (she doesn’t eat a lot of them, but can never turn down anything sweet), never exercise, and still not put on any weight.

I’m the kind of person who has to experience something physically, actually touch something, before I have a clear sense of it. No matter what it is, unless I see it with my own eyes I’m not convinced. I’m a physical, not intellectual, type of person. Of course I have a certain amount of intelligence—at least I think I do. If I totally lacked that there’d be no way I could write novels. But I’m not the type who operates through pure theory or logic, not the type whose energy source is intellectual speculation.

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