Grateful Web Book Review - 'Child Of The Jungle'

Kuegler''s ''Child of the Jungle''- for the Grateful Web

Original title:                   Dschungelkind

Translated in Dutch:     Dochter van de Jungle

Translated in English:  Child of the Jungle

Author:                             Sabine Kuegler


Sabine Kuegler, daughter of a German couple, is born in Nepal in 1972. She has one sister, Judith, and one brother, Christian. Her father is a linguist; her mother a missionary. When Sabine is five years old, the whole family moves to West Papua (Indonesia) to live with the Fayu, a violent tribe which even today lives as if it were the Stone Age.


At age 17, Sabine goes to a boarding-school in Switzerland to get a diploma, which is really hard for a girl who feels, thinks and lives like a Fayu. At the time, Sabine lives in Germany and has four children. She plans a trip to the Fayu in the near future, where she hasn't been since she left for Switzerland.


Comments on the book:

-         This woman really has a story to tell!

-         I'm sure she still has so many things to tell about her past and recent life. I really hope she starts writing another book.

-         There is a certain chronology in the book (before, during and after living with the Fayu) but it mainly consists of short anecdotes, by which we obtain knowledge of this tribe (e.g. hunting, eating habits, nature, etc.).

-         This story makes you dwell on the life we live: on the one hand, on all the luxury we have (e.g. running water, electricity,…); on the other hand, on little things we don't (or nearly) pay attention to anymore (e.g. laughing, playing, ice-cubes,…).

-         The book is illustrated with beautiful photos.

-         By writing this book, Sabine hoped to find herself and succeeds in accepting she is different compared to other white people. I hope she reached her goal!


Kelly Bobelijn, European Editor

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