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The Girl with No Name: The Incredible True Story of a Child Raised by Monkeys by [Chapman, Marina, James, Vanessa]
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Marina Chapman may live a quiet life now, but the story of her childhood is more akin to a wild fairytale.

This book, which is as much a memoir about the importance of classification and belonging as it is about the endurance of the human spirit, will be enjoyed by those looking for a story of perseverance through even the greatest obstacles life brings.

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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1473 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Mainstream Digital (4 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BFTT03I
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 180 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #90,529 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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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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I loved this book but felt there must be another book in the making because so much more has yet to be revealed. Incredible story of courage and survival where one feels animals are far more compassionate than humans - but that said I am sure that in the rest of her life there must have been compassion from human as well. A very good read which went by too quickly but I could not put it down.
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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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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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This is a truly amazing story, reminiscent of The Jungle Book. It does leave the reader with a few doubts and questions, like how Marina can recall the day to day details of her life as a child from the age of four with such vivid clarity, but she has virtually no memory of her life or family before her abduction, and how a growing child survives in the jungle for about six years purely on fruit, nuts and rainwater without suffering damage to teeth and bones, etc. The way the story is told of her life after leaving the jungle, going from one awful situation to another, reads more like a novel with a happy ending, and I'm wondering if some of it has been padded out to make more interesting reading.

Several reviewers have expressed disappointment that the book ended without explaining how she went on to become a wife and mother living in Bradford, but if they had continued reading Lynne Barrett-Lee's note at the end of the book they would realise a sequel is in progress. How this will live up to the first book I'm not sure, how can you top a story like this!
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