When Elephants Weep: The Emotional Lives of Animals by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, Susan McCarthy (Contribution by), Susan McCarthy


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  • Pub. Date: May 1996
  • 320pp
  • Sales Rank: 133,183
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    • Pub. Date: May 1996
    • Publisher:Random House Publishing Group
    • Format: Paperback, 320pp
    • Sales Rank: 133,183


    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 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 dancing squirrels to bashful gorillas to spiteful killer whales, this groundbreaking book forms a complete and compelling picture of the inner lives of animals. BOMC, QPBC, Rodale's Nature Book Society, and National Wildlife Federation Book Club Selections.

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    An examination of the inner lives of animals, arguing that they possess an emotional sensibility not unlike that of humans. (June)

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    A Sigmund Freud scholar knocked from his perch at the Freudian Archives and the subject of a famous New Yorker profile -- and the driver of subsequent libel litigation -- Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson found a second career in the publishing world when he decided to set aside his beefs with the psychological community and just talk to the animals.

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    When Elephants Weep: The Emotional Lives of Animalsby Anonymous

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    October 09, 2006: Jeffrey Masson, the author of When Elephants Weep, attempts to prove the answer to the everlasting question do animals have emotions. Throughout the novel there are numerous stories attempting to show that animals have the same emotions as humans. Every story has a significant meaning that ties in with the main message which is that all animals have vast emotions. I liked the novel very much because it gave grounds for why sometimes I see emotions in my pets. There was not really anything that I did not like about the novel, but some constructive criticism would be to reduce the large amount of information in one point to help the reader better comprehend what is written. I would recommend this novel to anyone who has ever questioned if there animals have emotions, also to people wanting to read a well written argumentative novel.

    When Elephants Weep: The Emotional Lives of Animalsby Anonymous

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    October 08, 2006: 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.

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