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The Girl with No Name: The Incredible True Story of a Child Raised by Monkeys [Hardcover]

Marina Chapman , Vanessa James
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
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Book Description

4 April 2013

'It all happened so quickly. One minute I was squatting on the bare earth, preoccupied with popping pea pods. The next, I saw the flash of a black hand and white cloth, and before I even had a chance to cry out it had sailed towards my face, and completely covered it . . .'

In 1954, in a remote South American village, a four-year-old girl was abducted and then abandoned deep in the Colombian rainforest.

So begins the incredible true story of Marina Chapman, who went on to spend several years alone in the jungle, her only family a troop of capuchin monkeys. Using instinct to guide her, she copied everything they did and soon learned to fend for herself.

At around ten years old, a completely feral Marina was returned to civilisation by hunters, who sold her to a brothel. After being enslaved and beaten daily, she escaped - to live the perilous existence of a Colombian city street kid.

Marina's life as a wild child wasn't over. In some ways, it had only just begun. This is her astonishing story.

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Mainstream Publishing (4 April 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1780575793
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780575797
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 13.8 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 168,700 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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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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 taga, being looked after by wild creatures such as bears.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 8 Jun 2013
By Jiffy
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A gripping read 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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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The girl with no name 20 Jun 2013
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A truly good read,a real eye opener, would recommend this book to read to anyone who likes real life stories. How this girl survived is remarkable.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars incredible story 17 Jun 2013
By jenny
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excelent read 3 Jun 2013
By florie
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 2 Jun 2013
By ref
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read.
You may read the back of this book and feel that it would be to difficult to read.
I would compel you to go in to it with an open mind and you will find that there are... Read more
Published 17 hours ago by Rachel Wiggins
5.0 out of 5 stars So moving and inspirational
I loved this book from the moment I picked it up. I first found out about it when reading an article in the news paper, the story was fascinating, yet it only looked at 'part 1'. Read more
Published 23 hours ago by Jaxcw
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book
A very gripping real story. See the documentary. Very well made, partly in La Palma, Canary Islands, where the jungle scenes from Colombia were matched.
Published 6 days ago by Conny Spelbrink
5.0 out of 5 stars great
this book was a interesting read she must of had a shocking up brining and now she has a good life
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Published 1 month ago by elizabeth shepherd
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Saw the story on tv, and brought the book to learn more. Of this lady's life Very good very interesting
Published 1 month ago by Mrs L D Stephenson
5.0 out of 5 stars The Girl with no Name
A most inspiring true story. It is incredible that a small child can live in the forest on her own for so long.
Published 1 month ago by Moana
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
amazing very good read for agreed eleven and above I read this for my next English topic and I found it an excellent book
Published 1 month ago by bee blake
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
i really enjoyed reading this book ,very interesting reading, have lent it to friends to read also .they enjoyed it
Published 2 months ago by carol nicholson
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't think I will read again
I purchased this book as I liked the real life stories. I don't usually read books, reading bores me and I am considering giving the book away. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Janet
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