Child of the Jungle: The True Story of a Girl Caught Between Two Worlds

Child of the Jungle The True Story of a Girl Caught Between Two Worlds A bestseller in Europe CHILD OF THE JUNGLE tells the remarkable story of a childhood and adolescence spent caught between two modes of existence jungle life and Western civilization Sabine Kuegler

  • Title: Child of the Jungle: The True Story of a Girl Caught Between Two Worlds
  • Author: Sabine Kuegler
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  • A 1 bestseller in Europe, CHILD OF THE JUNGLE tells the remarkable story of a childhood and adolescence spent caught between two modes of existence jungle life and Western civilization Sabine Kuegler was five years old when her family her German linguist missionary parents and her siblings moved to the territory of the recently discovered hunter and gatherer Fayu tribeA 1 bestseller in Europe, CHILD OF THE JUNGLE tells the remarkable story of a childhood and adolescence spent caught between two modes of existence jungle life and Western civilization Sabine Kuegler was five years old when her family her German linguist missionary parents and her siblings moved to the territory of the recently discovered hunter and gatherer Fayu tribe of Papua New Guinea The Fayu tribe is best known for being a Stone Age community untouched by modern times they live an existence characterized by fear, violence, and atavistic ritual including cannibalism in some regions but Sabine s family saw another side to them as well Once the Kueglers were accepted by a clan chief, they found themselves becoming a part of a tightly knit and fiercely loyal community, and living the primal existence of the Fayu one marked by the natural cycles of day and night, malaria and other diseases, and daily encounters with wildlife, from swims with crocodiles to dinners of worms As the Kueglers changed, so did the Fayu people, learning from Sabine s family that there was a way out of their cycle of violence and that forgiveness can be sweeter than revenge At the age of 17, Sabine found her life turned upside down when she left for Switzerland to attend boarding school and entered traditional society head on CHILD OF THE JUNGLE is the story of a life lived among the Fayu and the author s attempt to reconcile her feelings about civilization with those about a life she knew and loved.

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    1. uncommon childhood from age 7 to age 17 she lived with her parents and two siblings in the jungle of West Papua, with the remote tribe of the Fayu 1 Her parents were the first whites to live with the newly discovered tribe of about 400 people, who still hunted with bow and arrow, ate snakes, insects and worms, and practiced inter tribal warfare and revenge killings The Kueglers were there to study the tribe s language and to evangelize, under assignment of the Wycliffe Bible Translators 2 Her mother, trained as a nurse, performed midwife duties with the tribe At age 17, Sabine Kuegler left and attended a Swiss boarding school She has been married and divorced twice and has four children, two from each husband Her parents have returned to Germany.Her best selling first book Dschungelkind Jungle Child Droemer Knaur, M nchen 2005, ISBN 3 426 27361 6 describes her experiences in the two different cultures and her occasional nostalgia for the simpler, slower life of the tribe An English translation Jungle Child, ISBN 1 84408 261 X appeared in the same year Her second book, Ruf des Dschungels Call of the Jungle Droemer Knaur, M nchen 2006, ISBN 3 426 27393 4 describes a visit to the Fayu that she undertook in late 2005.The German group Gesellschaft f r bedrohte V lker criticized her first book, claiming that it romanticized the life of the Fayu and pointing out that it failed to mention the human rights violations of the Indonesian government against Papua peoples, and their endangerment by clearing of the jungle and industrial projects 2 In her second book and in public appearances, Sabine Kuegler has since emphasized these political issues and has aimed to be spokesperson for the threatened Fayu

    2. There is a double interest in Sabine Kuegler's Child of the Jungle The True Story of a Girl Caught Between Two Worlds. The autobiography of the daughter of missionaries to a stone age tribe in West Papua gives the sense of both the impact of the mission on the locals and of the locals on the missionaries.The missionaries had given up relatively well to do jobs to work for a missionary organisation. Their reasons for doing this are not explored or hinted at. They were posted first to Nepal and on [...]

    3. This was the most amazing book I've read in quite awhile. Great description of the human experience, how easily we are shaped by our environment, as well as how we are able to shape others by our interactions with them. Highly recommended!

    4. Ein großartigen Buch, das lediglich mit den permanenten Zeitsprüngen ein wenig an Qualität verloren hat. Auf jeden Fall sehr empfehlenswert! (Ich wünschte es gäbe eine Neuauflage mit einem moderneren Cover war noch mehr Menschen dazu bewegen würde dieses Buch zu lesen)

    5. West-Papua, Indonesien, 1980. Sabines Eltern sind Sprachwissenschaftler und Missionare, die Mutter außerdem gelernte Krankenschwester. Als der Vater einen neuen Stamm ohne jeden Kontakt zur modernen Welt entdeckt, folgt der Rest der Familie, neben der Mutter Sabines ältere Schwester Judith und ihr jüngerer Bruder Christian, ihm in das Stammesgebiet der kriegerischen Fayu. Deren vier Stämme stecken in einem unendlichen Kreislauf der Gewalt, angetrieben vom Recht der Blutrache. Wie wird die Fa [...]

    6. De Duitse Sabine bracht daardoor een groot deel door in de jungle. Het was duidelijk een verrijking voor haar leven. Het wonen en leven in een jungle spreekt tot de verbeelding en Sabine geeft de lezer een intiem inkijkje in dat leven. We kunnen ons niet voorstellen hoe het is om ‘s morgens wakker te worden in een jungle. Voor Sabine voelt het als thuis.Lees er alles over mijn blog

    7. Very fascinating. Really enjoyed reading this especially having heard so much about Papua New Guinea from my parents who were missionaries there at about the same time the author of this book was living in West Papua.

    8. "Jungle Child" is the auto-biography by Sabine Kuegler who grew up among the Fayu, an indigenous tribe in West-Papua, studied by her parents.Her life among the Fayu was also made into a film based on this book, focussing on her childhood and youth. Sabine Kuegler's two other books following "Jungle Child" dealt with her life after leaving the jungle at age 17.Ruf des Dschungels ("Call of the Jungle") is the story of her return to West-Papua in 2005 and of revisiting her childhood friends. In add [...]

    9. Incredible true story about a western child knowing only a western world from her parents tales and a few books only. Born in Nepal her family moved to Indonesian jungle where they lived amongst indigenous people that have had no contact with civilisation until then. This western family had lasting impact on the tribe who might have otherwise killed themselves to extinction. Sabine,the author, is later torn between two worlds, and struggles to fit in, and adjust to modern way of life in Europe. [...]

    10. Sabine Kuegler grew up in the jungles of West Papua, Indonesia, among an indigenous tribe. Child of the Jungle is a memoir about her childhood and transition to adolescence, which she makes after returning to Europe. Kuegler is a good storyteller; her experiences are interesting because of their specificity, but at the same time they are universal to children everywhere. The reader gets to hear about tribal warfare, marriage customs, games, relationships, and more. I laughed out loud many times [...]

    11. Maybe there was something in the translation from German to English, but I found S. Kuegler's voice very, very childlike. This is not necessarily a bad thing, though. It actually worked in bringing the author's message across—how a series of "unique" childhood experiences can seriously affect your whole outlook in life.It was interesting to read about how Ms. Kuegler grew up in West Papua—among a newly discovered tribe—and how she still longs for that simple life until now. You understand [...]

    12. Wowwhere to begin? A very intriguing insight into life in the jungles of Indonesia for a German "missionary" family. Sabine tells her story very descriptively and brings the jungle to life. I was more interested, however, in her integration back into the West after such a sheltered childhood, but she sped through that part a little too fast for my liking. Understandably she wanted to convey her love for the colourful and remote upbringing she was lucky enough to have, and bring that to life. And [...]

    13. Dschungelkind erzählt eindrucksvoll wie Sabine Kuegler ihre Kinderheit und Jugend im Dschungel von West-Papua erlebte. Insgesamt ermöglichte das Buch einen spannenden Einblick in die Kultur der Fayu und ich empfand die vielen Anekdoten und Erinnerungen als sehr gelungen. Insgesamt fand ich auch den Schreibstil in Ordnung und ich habe das Buch kaum aus der Hand legen können. Da ich den Film schon vorher gesehen hatte, sind mir Paralellen und Unterschiede besonders aufgefallen; da der Film jedo [...]

    14. Well, this was a tough one the writing was so excruciatingly terrible, I almost gave up,severaltimes. It didn't help that the woman who wrote the book grew up learning correspondence English, while speaking Fayu, Indonesian and German. In addition to all this, I read the book in a Swedish translation ugh. The story was very interesting though, so I had to persevere. I can't recommend it, but I'll gladly share highlights with you:)

    15. One of my students is the author's mother, so it was interesting reading about her life & hearing her voice in my head. The book focuses more on her childhood in the jungle, & only hints at how she's adjusting to Western culture as an adult. As I was reading, I wanted to know more about how she's dealing with that transition to city life in Germany. Perhaps I'll just ask her :)

    16. I am still slogging through this book. Although I expected this woman's story to be interesting, for some reason I am finding the writing quite dull. (It may be because she is not a professional writer?)I suppose I am mentally comparing it to "Don't Sleep, There Are Snakes", which I liked much better.Update: I've now read it - it never got better.

    17. I loved reading this book. It made me laugh out loud. It made me cry. How I wish I could sit with Sabine and her family, looking through old pictures, listening to the stories of her life. I highly recommend reading her book.

    18. Ek het hierdie boek teen R15,00 gekoop. Die bykans idilliese omslag (met die begroetingsgebaar) het my soos 'n magneet nadergetrek. Sabine Kuegler gebruik eenvoudige Duits, wat die boek geweldig leesbaar maak selfs vir ons wat 'n bietjie Duits ken. Dit is nie soos by Hans J. Rehfisch se "Die Hexen von Paris" waar jy elke liewe tweede woord Duden moet raadpleeg nie. Nee, gekunsteld is die skryfwyse beslis nie.Daar is heelwat komiese oomblikke in die boek, soos byvoorbeeld Judith se maandstonde wa [...]

    19. I absolutely loved this, it was right up my alley. So interesting to read about the tribes learning numerical systems and learning words for feelings or basically anything other than basic words that help them survive with each other. Also seeing what it’s like to be emerged into the modern world after living in the jungle your whole life was sooo interesting and really gives you different perspectives on things.

    20. Not only highly interesting but also well written. As a jungle lover this book transported me in the deep jungle of indonesia, in a world of wilderness and simplicity.The language is simple and concise, the book can be enjoyed also by young readers.

    21. A moving memoir of trying to grow up in two worlds. The author speaks with pride of how her family influenced cultural change with the Fayu. It's complicated whether this is s good idea. Print.

    22. This has been a rather frank and deceptively simply-told story that's in part rather quite sad, as it seems as if Kuegler's upbringing has left her not really belonging anywhere. I don't suppose she would have swapped her childhood for anything, because there's so much love and happiness in it, but at the same time there's a feeling of her being lost and rootless.It's the true life story of a child of missionaries. I am not a big fan of the missionary movement, however, the life stories of their [...]

    23. papua ternyata asing bagi saya.lebih khusus lagi, puak fayu, yang dilaporkan kejadiannya oleh penulis di sekitar tahun 80-an, seolah suatu bangsa yang jauh yang tentu tidak kenal indonesia raya, ibu kita kartini atau jokowibuku terbitan 2006 ini membawa saya ke papua tahun 80-an. tahun-tahun ketika penulis hidup berada di tengah-tengah puak fayu berkaitan tugas ayahnya yang misionaris dan sekaligus linguist ini.tahun-tahun masa remaja saya juga.yang ia tulis adalah kenangannya, juga konflik-konf [...]

    24. Child of the Jungle is a biography by Sabine Kuegler, and I think the theme of her book/life is each place where one is from or had grown up, is unique in a special way. Sabine and her family are in West Papua, Indonesia and later in her life she moves to Switzerland for school. Sabine learns a lot about the Fayu culture and her adventures swimming in a crocodile river, collecting bugs, tragedy of a loved one, and experiencing one of a kind journey with her family. Sabine tells her distinct stor [...]

    25. This was a very enjoyable book. It was interesting to see how the author perceived the largeness (or smallness) of her world based on her experiences throughout her childhood. I enjoyed seeing how she wrote about the wonder and curiosity she had as a child, contrasted with her naivety as a young adult and where it's led her to now. To be honest, however, I feel like she probably exagerrated a bit in the way she described her isolation from other parts of the global world and I don't think the pi [...]

    26. I got this book after reading about it in Jared Diamond’s latest book, The World Until Yesterday. I expected to hear stories of a traditional culture like Diamond cited; I was intrigued in particular that some anthropologists had described children in these societies as being more psychologically healthy than western kids. The society Kuegler describes is nothing like that described by the anthropologists. This is a culture distorted by constant warfare (really just the threat, there wasn’t [...]

    27. I really am thankful for these book bins and title sales, because you find some of the most interesting titles at such low prices. This is one of those books that I wasn't 100% sold when I picked it up since it reminded me of one well-known reference, but one thing hooks you in. And in this case, it's the setting in Asia--particularly the jungles of West Papua in Indonesia. The book is a recollection of the author's experiences of a Westerner growing up in a dense environment with the Feyu, one [...]

    28. I have a feeling that someone has recommended this book to me in the pastpossibly. That's probably why it caught my attention at the library while I was looking for another book.This book has many layers. First, it's a biography and tells the story of a young woman growing up and searching for herself. Second, it's a description of a culture and a community and what it means to live amongst a small tribe as a stranger. Third, it's a story about culture shock and the experience of not really belo [...]

    29. I loved the ambivalence of this book -- that although in some ways the author was very ready to leave West Papua when she did, it was also her childhood home, and in some ways she clearly regrets having left.It's a tough balance to strike between writing about life in the jungle and life as she acclimated to the Western world. Most of the book covers the former, and though I would have liked a bit more about her early struggles in Europe, you can't fault her for the focus -- it's the part that's [...]

    30. Child of the Jungle: the True Story of a Girl Caught Between Two Worlds is a book about a young girl living in the jungle. Sabine Kuegler was five years old when her linguist-missionary parents took her, along with her brother and sister, to live in West Papua, Indonesia. The family was cut off from civilization except for a short- wave radio. They lived among the Fayu, a recently discovered Stone Age people, most of whose members had never seen a white person before. This is an ebook that I fou [...]

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