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The Girl with No Name: The Incredible True Story of a Child Raised by Monkeys Paperback – 4 Apr 2013

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Mainstream Publishing (4 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780575793
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780575797
  • Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 2.4 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (160 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,755 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Marina Chapman's astonishing story . . . has intrigued the nation" (Daily Mail)

"An inspiring life story . . . The dramatic narrative reads like a real-life version of Tarzan" (Sunday Telegraph)

"The amazing story of a Bradford housewife that has more to do with Edgar Rice Burrough's Tarzan than David Hockney's home city in West Yorkshire" (Sunday Times)

"A nicely written, gripping read with some wonderful moments ... a story of love and hope." (Jim Greenhalf Bradford Telegraph & Argus)

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The astonishing life story of a woman who, as a young girl, lived alone for five years with a family of monkeys in the wild jungles of Colombia

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Joanna Dubois on 14 April 2013
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This was a book I'd downloaded on my Kindle to read during a forthcoming trip. In fact, when I had a quick peek at it as soon as I'd bought it, I couldn't put it down. The story of this 4-year old girl who got abducted, reminded me of Madeline, the little English girl who disappeared while on holiday with her parents in Portugal.

"The girl with no name", as well as having all the elements of a good thriller, with suspense on every page, also has a lot to teach the reader: the way this little girl was adopted by a monkey family and the way she was treated with such heartlessness by fellow 'human' beings when she eventually made her way back to the 'civilised' world shows how much we could learn from the animals.

It's a tribute to the talent of Lynne Barrett-Lee, the ghostwriter who co-wrote this amazing tale, that this book manages to keep the reader captivated. She has managed to tell the story from the vantage point of the little girl, and later from the young teenage street kid.

The fact Marina became a doting mother and grandmother, despite all she went through, is an illustration of the amazing potential of the human spirit.
For those who can read between the lines, it also teaches that fear is our biggest ennemy. I would recommend readers to follow-up Marina's story, by reading 'Anastasia' by Vladimir Megré, first part of the 'Ringing Cedars' series. It tells the story of a Russian shaman, orphaned soon after her birth and who grew up deep in the Siberian taïga, being looked after by wild creatures such as bears.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By penney humber on 12 May 2013
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The story is a dramatic portrail of some ones life and a remarkable story of survival. Just wished that the story held some of her life as now and how she adjusted to being a mum a wife .
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jiffy on 8 Jun. 2013
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Think this is the quickest book I have ever read, could not put it down.....Deserves a 10 star....Would recommended this book to friends and family for sure...
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By N Armstrong on 12 April 2013
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This shows the amazing resilience and drive possible in a child against almost impossible odds. From the earliest pages you are caught in the true life world of this young girl (initially only 4 years old) as she struggles to survive and find the love and comfort of a family First in the true jungle of South America with need to learn where to find and obtain water and food with the constant threat of large carnivores, reptiles and of course a multitude of insects. She then moves after a number of years having reached an amazing level of ability to survive and fit in with a monkey troop to the even worse one might think urban jungle of Columbian city life. It shows the intelligence and resourcefulness she shows to enable her to survive in extremely difficult and dangerous situations. It also shows just how close we still are to our distant simian relatives, though in some ways from her early initial experiences of 'civilised' life it would seem that we have lessons to relearn from them of loyalty, social acceptance and morality. There are many who could learn from this book of the need to make their own decisions on how they will live their lives and accept the responsibilities. This very young girl shows the maturity, wisdom and morality of a much older person in dealing with the cards life dealt her through no fault of hers. I can only wait now in anticipation of the next chapter in her remarkable life. I hope this wait is not too long.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robyval on 25 April 2013
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This is a truly uplifting story and incredibly moving. This is the story of Marina, a 4-year old Columbian child kidnapped and then abandoned in the middle of a jungle, left to fend for herself, for reasons she will never know. Fighting for survival and longing for companionship Marina soon becomes friends with what she calls her "monkey family" who seem to offer her protection. The story goes on to tell about her survival in the jungle and thereafter, describing a life of neglect, abuse, and torture at the hands of so called "human beings" that is impossible to comprehend. Hard to think of the indifference society showed to Colombia's street kids and the level of suffering and abuse suffered by Marina and her friends. As a mother of a young child myself, it was impossible not to be moved and touched by Marina's strength and fight for survival, what a wonderful person she is and a prime example of the strength and resilience of the human spirit. A thank you to Marina for sharing her incredible story, beautifully written,you simply cannot feel but love and admiration for her amazing strength of spirit and courage.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By jenny on 17 Jun. 2013
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was fascinated and enthralled would love to know the rest how she lived her life. her family and how she met her husband hope that there is a sequel
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By ref on 2 Jun. 2013
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I purchased this book for my wife, she say it is a amazing read, how the lady in the the book survived her ordeal is mind blowing' money well spent
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By florie on 3 Jun. 2013
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I enjoyed this book imensely made me laugh and cry at the same time would highly recommemd this to others
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