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3,096 Days [Kindle Edition]

Natascha Kampusch
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A brilliantly insightful dissection of her years in captivity (Jon Ronson Guardian )

An excellent book (Kathryn Hughes Mail on Sunday )

Thoughtful, unflinching and remarkably devoid of self-pity... Remarkable - not just for Kampusch's account of her ordeal but as a testament to her indomitable spirit (Daisy Goodwin Sunday Times )

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On 2 March 1998 ten-year-old Natascha Kampusch was snatched off the street by a stranger and bundled into a white van. Hours later she found herself in a dark cellar, wrapped in a blanket. When she emerged eight years later, her childhood had gone.


In 3,096 Days Natascha tells her incredible story for the first time: her difficult childhood, what exactly happened on the day of her abduction, her imprisonment in a five-square-metre dungeon, and the mental and physical abuse she suffered from her abductor, Wolfgang Priklopil.


3,096 Days is ultimately a story about the triumph of the human spirit. It describes how, in a situation of almost unbearable hopelessness, she slowly learned how to manipulate her captor. And how, against inconceivable odds, she managed to escape unbroken.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1947 KB
  • Print Length: 247 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (16 Sep 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00433SVQ0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,461 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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78 of 80 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A stunning reappraisal of 'victimhood' 25 Sep 2010
Format:Paperback
This book is leagues above the standard true-life confessional. It combines a vivid and deeply moving description of her harrowing ordeal along with a bold attempt to smash apart the traditional academic and popular conceptions of victimhood.

From the moment she escaped from captivity, Natascha Kampusch refused to conform to society's expectations of her behaviour. Just as she was punished whenever she failed to conform to Wolfgang Priklopil's set of rules, so she was criticised too by people who didn't approve of her attitude post-escape. Her refusal to accept the label of a 'broken woman' was as infuriating and bewildering to many members of society as it was to her kidnapper.

To her, what she went through was more than just an 'ordeal' with its stock characters of perpetrator and victim. It was an experience, it was her life for eight and a half years, and it's important to her that this period of her life is not merely dealt with to achieve 'closure', but that it will always remain an important part of who she is, with its own elements of light and shade in her memory. Hence her insistence on grieving the death of her kidnapper, which many people find incomprehensible.

Her viewpoint has much in common with that of Imre Kertesz, the Hungarian writer whose book Fateless (made into a successful film) is a semi-autobiographical account of life as a young teenager in a concentration camp. In the film, when the boy returns to Hungary after the war, still wearing his striped pyjamas, a well-wisher says to him "It must have been terrible for you. Were you beaten and starved?" The boy replies "naturally". The man says "Why do you say naturally? It's not natural". The boy replies "It is natural in a concentration camp.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring. 3 Jan 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I've never read non-fiction. Not really. And I never read memoirs or bigraphies. But when I heard that Natascha Kampusch had written a book about her abduction and life in captivity I had to read it. I remember hearing all about her story on the news. I didn't know what to expect from this book. But it blew me away. Natascha Kampusch is a wonderful story teller, although this story is true. And thats what makes it all the more remarkable. She managed to tell her story without painting herself as a victim, I never found this book depressing. I found it gripping. Inspiring. This young woman so strong, she never once gave up hope that she would be free. She never once speaks of herself like a victim, thats one of the things that makes this book so enjoyable. You just fall in love with her character. So strong, determined, and never losing her identity despite her torture and isolation. You find yourself rooting for her throughout the book, ''Go Natascha, go!''. And when she finally leaves, its like she takes you with her. I left this book feeling like I can take on the world. Everybody should read this book. EVERYBODY. Many people have critisized her for the empathy she felt towards her attacker and have said she milked the media. Her empathy towards her attacker just shows what an amazing person she is, she never lost her compassion for others, she remained human despite her abuses. And as for milking the media?. She wanted to tell HER story, HER way. And I think she is amazing, strong, inspiring, determined, and this book has totally changed my life.Please go and read this book, like right now.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 18 Jun 2011
Format:Paperback
I read this book in 2 days, because I couldn't put it down.
What a harrowing experience for someone so young. Yet she had the strength to get through it.
I feel Ms Kampusch gave an excellent explanation of the psychological affect of her confinement and dependance on her kidnapper. She is correct to say this kind of abuse and controlling behaviour is enacted in many so called normal homes throughout the world as we speak.
What made it so much worse for her, was the fact she was totally isolated from any human contact, other than Priklopil's.
In places, I almost felt she was apologising for becoming dependant on the only human she had any contact with for 8 years.
If you read these reviews Natascha, I'd like to say, please don't feel you have to apologise. You were the victim 100%. It's a miracle you survived it. You are a very brave young woman.
I am so sorry for what you went through. I wish you peace now.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Natascha Kampusch was not enjoying being ten years old, she yearned for more freedom and quarelled with her parents. Specifically she wanted the freedom to walk to school alone. It was on one of these short journeys that the small amount of freedom she had was taken from her. Thrown into the back of a delivery van by a paranoid Wolfgang Priklopil, Kampusch was forced to live in a tiny dungeon with no contact with the outside world. She was starved and deprived of light if she disobeyed. Her ordeal was to last for a staggering eight and a half years. After some years she was allowed out of the cellar to help renovate Priklopil's investment properties. She was forced to work like a slave doing the job of many workman. Priklopil would savagely beat her, sometimes on a daily basis. Parts of this memoir are almost too painful to read but Kampusch never completely gives up on the idea of a better life. She has a vision that she will free herself when she is eighteen. When the media first reported on this case people wondered why she hadn't escaped before,after all hadn't she once even accompanyed Priklopil on a sking trip? On that trip she found herself on her own with a stranger for the first time in eight years, she asked for help but the stranger didn't speak German and couldn't understand. Her rare glimpses of the outside world left her feeling invisible. When a shop assistant pays her some attention she is absurdly delighted. As Kampusch says, after five years of being undermined by Prikopil she couldn't have left if the door had been wide open. Natascha is still only twenty-two years old yet she manages to show compassion towards her captor and remarkable insight into human behaviour. I doubt that Natascha Kampusch reads her UK Amazon reviews but if she does then I wish her well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
truly inspiring, would definitely recommend this book.
I was totally engrossed by the torturous life Natasha kampusch was forced to lead by the hands of her kidnapper.
Published 14 days ago by Alison Ahearne
3.0 out of 5 stars Very average
while I sympathize with this poor girl and what she endured I found the book a bit all over the place. there are huge gaping holes in the story. Read more
Published 1 month ago by joanne clery
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing loved it
An amazing story of a strong person I really loved this book and regimens this book to others well with the money
Published 1 month ago by charlieew
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
loved this book her story is inspiring. it does show the lack of decency in the police in covering up evidence and continuing to question her like a criminal.
Published 1 month ago by Asha
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
Finally got round to reading this, and it heart wrenching but absolutely amazing. Very gripping and truly emotional. A very important read for anyone.
Published 1 month ago by ruby bigden
4.0 out of 5 stars well written story of a brave girls abduction
Moved me to tears, really opens up your eyes, oh how I love a book with a happy ending. Stay strong Natascha
Published 2 months ago by mabes
3.0 out of 5 stars Repetitive and disappointing
I was eager to read this book after seeing the reviews but honestly think it could have been put into one chapter! Very repetitive and somewhat boring at times. Read more
Published 2 months ago by MRS C & MR D ROSSER
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read
What an amazing woman to have over come such an ordeal and to be able to share it with the world in this amazing well written book. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Samantha Braithwaite
4.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating read
I read this as research for a play, and was really hooked, especially when you stop and consider that it's true.. Read more
Published 2 months ago by MrsMalfoy
5.0 out of 5 stars A true story of a childs abduction & her fight for survival
I got this book from the libary & when my teenage daughter read the cover she wanted to read it aswell so bought from amazon for her kindle it is a very moving story & a must read.
Published 3 months ago by Justine Jones
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Nothing is all black or all white. And nobody is all good or all evil. That also goes for the kidnapper. These are words that people don’t like to hear from an abduction victim. &quote;
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The only way for me to deal with it was to forgive the kidnapper his transgressions. I forgave him for kidnapping me and I forgave him every single time he beat me and tormented me. This act of forgiveness gave me back the power over my experience and made it possible to live with it. &quote;
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Our society needs criminals like Wolfgang Priklopil in order to give a face to the evil that lives within and to split it off from society itself. It needs the images of cellar dungeons so as not to have to see the many homes in which violence rears its conformist, bourgeois head. Society uses the victims of sensational cases such as mine in order to divest itself of the responsibility for the many nameless victims of daily crimes, victims nobody helps – even when they ask for help. &quote;
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