Child of the Jungle

Child of the Jungle

The True Story of A Girl Caught Between Two Worlds

Book - 2007
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Baker & Taylor
A woman describes her happy childhood growing up, the daughter of German linguists and missionaries, among members of the Fayu tribe in the jungles of Indonesia, until her life is turned upside down when, at the age of seventeen, she is sent to a Swiss boarding school, where she is forced to confront a painful culture clash with modern Western society.

Hachette Book Group
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.

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The author, the daughter of German linguists and missionaries, describes growing up among members of the Fayu tribe in the jungles of Indonesia, and the culture clash she faced when she was sent to a Swiss boarding school at the age of seventeen.

Publisher: New York : Warner Books, 2007
Edition: 1st Warner Books ed
ISBN: 9780446579063
Characteristics: x, 260 p., [8] p. of plates : ill., map ; 22 cm


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Sep 19, 2018

A very engaging narrative of growing up in an extremely remote part of the world. The pace is lively and the stories remarkable.

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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