Books: Under the Volcanoes

GORILLAS IN THE MIST by Dian Fossey; Houghton Mifflin; 326 pages; $19.95

The local poachers called her Nyirama-chabelli, "the old lady who lives in the forest without a man." The natives knew how to needle a middle-aged American woman who had spent the better part of 15 years slogging through Africa's Virunga Mountains with notebook and camera. In fact, little love was lost between the poachers and Dian Fossey. She destroyed their snares, confiscated their caches of weapons and hashish, and persuaded officials to prosecute the killers of her beloved gorillas.

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