- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (17 Feb. 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0571214606
- ISBN-13: 978-0571214600
- Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 2 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 379,056 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Savage Girls and Wild Boys: A History of Feral Children Paperback – 17 Feb 2003
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Stories of abandoned children and those children supposedly raised by animals have long fascinated us, as the legend of Romulus and Remus makes clear. More recent stories also capture the imagination. The Wild Boy of Aveyron, caught running naked in woods in provincial France in 1800, has been the subject of biography and fiction and the attempt by the physician Jean Itard to educate the boy formed the basis for a memorable film by Truffaut. The appearance of Kaspar Hauser in the streets of early 19th-century Nuremberg, after a mysterious 16-year imprisonment in a dark and tiny cellar, evoked fantastic tales of a lost prince and rightful heir cruelly shut away. He too was the subject of a film--a visionary and visually inventive masterpiece by the German director Werner Herzog. Michael Newton's Savage Girls and Wild Boys: a History of Feral Children tells these stories and many more like them--wolf-children in 1920s India, a Russian boy living on the streets of Moscow and scavenging with a pack of wild dogs, a boy brought up by monkeys in Uganda. Much more than just a frisson-inducing account of the weird and the bizarre, Savage Girls and Wild Boys is an ambitious exploration of what these stories (and our fascination with them) tell us about the shifting boundary between nature and civilisation.--Nick Rennison --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
'The stories Newton has to tell are spellbinding.' Mail on Sunday 'A collection of six, extraordinary individual histories, beautifully navigated.' Evening StandardSee all Product Description
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This is a book that stays with you - that even subtly changes how you think about the world.
This book isn't a potboiler, or a psychiatric treatise - it's a powerfull account of what we feel about childhood, solitude, savagery, passion and our connection to nature.
After a slightly rambling, butterfly-brained introduction, Newton settles to his most crucial questions: How is it that we can recognise another human being as human? What essential quality unites us all? This book is not exactly, despite the subtitle, a history of feral children. Instead, it is a study of four or five cases in particular, and as much as it studies the children themselves found wandering wild in the woods, or living among dogs, it studies our attitudes towards them. Are they pitiful primitives in need of civilisation, or noble savages from whom we should all learn? This latter idea, popularised first by Rousseau, and later through figures like Tarzan and Mowgli, tends to be a minority view, albeit a dominant literary one. More often, confronted with the reality of a drooling, hunched figure without language or any apparent ability to relate to others, it is the former attitude that predominates.Read more ›
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Nice book but the photos were cut in half inside. Annoying printing error.Published 18 months ago by N. Ashton
Not quite what I was expecting. Despite good reviews on the jacket (why would they put poor reviews on any jacket?!) I found the style of the writing too flowery. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Liberation
I bought this book for an essay that I had to write for my undergrad course in Psychology (the Question was; What can we learn about language acquisition from reports of feral... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Kayleigh
This is a good buy at a good price for anyone with an interest in the subject matter, good quality.Published on 2 Mar. 2013 by j tune
I was looking forward to reading this book as the subject itself is absolutely fascinating. Unfortunately I had to give up reading after the second chapter... Read morePublished on 17 Jan. 2009 by Liana
Highly recommended to anyone interested in the historical timeline of "wild children". Pulling together as much information as concievably possible and putting them all into an... Read morePublished on 2 Sept. 2006 by Bug Feathers
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