Child of the Jungle

Child of the Jungle

The True Story of A Girl Caught Between Two Worlds

Book - 2007
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A #1 bestseller in Europe, CHILD OF THE JUNGLE tells the remarkable story of a childhood and adolescence spent caught between two modes of existence-jungle life and Western "civilization." Sabine Kuegler was five years old when her family-her German linguist-missionary parents and her siblings-moved to the territory of the recently discovered hunter-and-gatherer Fayu tribe of Papua New Guinea . The Fayu tribe is best known for being a Stone Age community untouched by modern times-they live an existence characterized by fear, violence, and atavistic ritual (including cannibalism in some regions)-but Sabine's family saw another side to them as well. Once the Kueglers were accepted by a clan chief, they found themselves becoming a part of a tightly knit and fiercely loyal community, and living the primal existence of the Fayu-one marked by the natural cycles of day and night, malaria and other diseases, and daily encounters with wildlife, from swims with crocodiles to dinners of worms. As the Kueglers changed, so did the Fayu people, learning from Sabine's family that there was a way out of their cycle of violence and that forgiveness can be sweeter than revenge. At the age of 17, Sabine found her life turned upside down when she left for Switzerland to attend boarding school and entered traditional society head-on. CHILD OF THE JUNGLE is the story of a life lived among the Fayu and the author's attempt to reconcile her feelings about "civilization" with those about a life she knew and loved.
Uniform Title: Dschungelkind. English
Publisher: New York : Warner Books, 2007.
Edition: 1st Warner Books ed.
ISBN: 9780446579063
0446579068
Branch Call Number: B KUEGLER SABINE
Characteristics: x, 260 p., [8] p. of plates : ill., map ; 22 cm.

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Jul 21, 2010

At first I thought this book was dull, and nearly stopped reading it. I'm glad I didn't.

"Child of the Jungle" teaches you a lot about the differences between jungle tribes and "civilized" people. They are actually much better at relationships than we are, sometimes.

You wouldn't believe what the family finds on their wall that scares them to death... Or how difficult it is for Sabine to adjust to American life after living in the wild jungle for most of her life.

This book is not a boring documentary, but reads like a novel. You won't want to put it down!

WARNING: Some sexual content does not make this book an appropriate one for children.

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Jul 21, 2010

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Jul 21, 2010

Sexual Content: Not appropraite for children.

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