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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

The Gateful Web

Grateful Web Book Club & Review - 'Ironman op zoek naar een nieuwe uitdaging'

Marc Herremans- for the Grateful Web

Original title:     Ironman op zoek naar een nieuwe uitdaging

Author:             Marc Herremans - met Paul Van Den Bosch

 

Marc Herremans, also known as Mad Max, is born on December 19 in 1973 in Merksem, Belgium-Flanders. He is a well-known triathlon athlete, who unfortunately became disabled after a dramatic fall during one of his training sessions in Lanzarote 2002. More information about Marc can be found on following website: http://www.marcherremans.be.  Don't forget to put on the sound when visiting this site!

 

Short summary:                     

This book is a biography, and was written since Marc experienced that his story was an inspiring message for several people. In this book, he tells us what he did before his triathlon career, why he started practicing triathlon, how his accident in Lanzarote occurred, how he copes with being disabled, and of course he talks about his participation at the Ironman 2002 in Hawaii, and a lot more.

 

Comments on the book:

-         This book excites several feelings: some passages in this book made my flesh creep, others made me laugh, and sometimes I had to brush away a tear. I'm sure this book will leave nobody untouched!

-         The life vision and perseverance of this great athlete are unbelievable. I'm sure this book will support a lot of people!

-         I was happily surprised to read Marc met John Maclean, who is according to me, also a great athlete with an enormous perseverance. This Australian sportsman became disabled after he was hit by a truck. Being disabled, he swum the Chanal. The reporting on "National Geographic" did not leave me untouched either.

-         (For the moment?) the book is only available in Dutch, but for the English-speaking people, a lot of information can be found on following website: http://www.marcherremans.be/intro1_uk.htm

 

Grateful Dread on the Web (January 2003)

On Grace and RWR

 Are you sick of the seemingly nonstop coverage of "national mourning?" Yeah, me too. Thank the goddess for "Elimidate." Funeral? Procession? Watching the plane carrying his remains fly into DeeCee? No thanks, I pass.

As previously stated, I am all for folks injecting truth about Ronald Reagan into the ongoing one-sided lovefest. An accurate portrayal of the man must include good and bad, and if there are those who see more bad than good, well, they have the right and duty to speak their truth.

Into this arena comes commentator and cartoonist Ted Rall. I like much of Rall's work - his published opinions are sometimes incendiary (which is not necessarily a bad thing), and more often than not (such as in the case of his controversial and harsh May 3 take on the granting of "hero" status to football star-turned-friendly-fire-casualty Pat Tillman), he is dead right. Most of the positions in Rall's take on Mr. Iran-Contra are in line with mine. Check out this excerpt from his June 9 commentary, "Reagan's Shameful Legacy":

Reagan's defenders, people who don't know the facts or choose to ignore them, claim that "everybody" admired Reagan's ebullient personality even if some disagreed with his politics. That, like the Gipper's tall tales about welfare queens and "homeless by choice" urban campers, is a lie. Millions of Americans cringed at Reagan's simplistic rhetoric, were terrified that his anti-Soviet "evil empire" posturing would provoke World War III, and thought that his appeal to selfishness and greed - a bastardized blend of Adam Smith and Ayn Rand - brought out the worst in us. We rolled our eyes when Reagan quipped "There you go again"; what the hell did that mean? Given that he made flying a living hell (by firing the air traffic controllers and regulating the airlines), I'm not the only one who refuses to call Washington National Airport by its new name. His clown-like dyed hair and rouged cheeks disgusted us. We hated him during the dark days he made so hideous, and, with all due respect, we hate him still.

 

Rall had me until the last sentence. While I can't say I liked the man and I certainly didn't admire him or find inspiration or optimism in him, I emphatically do not hate Reagan. Then again, I don't hate any person. Rall, here, is expressing his emotions truthfully; he has that right. But it is important for folks on the Left to stand against hate in any form - trust me, the Right will hold all libs accountable for the publicly expressed hatred of a few, so we must speak against hate.

Listen to O'Reilly, Limbaugh, Carlson, Coulter et al, if you can stomach them: They insist that the Left is all about hatred. Not so. Some so-called progressives indeed hate, but not all do. This lib may hate right-wing policies and actions (and some Democratic ones as well), but that doesn't mean personally hating the Shrub or Rummy or John Effin' Kerry or Ronnie Ray-gun.

If you are opposed to hate, you should oppose it when it comes from the Right and the Left. After all, progressivism is supposed to be about peace and love - the antithesis of hate - isn't it?

Rall defends his criticism of Reagan, and I do not disagree with him a bit on it. As he notes for Conspiracy Planet, "Imagine what would happen when Clinton dies, and they gloss over the fact that he lied under oath. I bet there will be conservative writers there to point that out and say something similar to what I said. And I think it is completely appropriate."

Absolutely right, and not just because I am no fan of Slick Willie. I can deal with folks praising Reagan, but without telling the full story of the man and his deeds, it amounts to nothing more than inane sycophancy. We need the counterpoints.

Still, there is a huge difference between pointing out a dead president's sins and envisioning him burning in Hell.

In a June 6 rant on his blog, Rall really showed the lengths of his hatred:

How Sad...

...that Ronald Reagan didn't die in prison, where he belonged for starting an illegal, laughably unjustifiable war against Grenada under false pretenses (the "besieged" medical students later said they were nothing of the sort) and funneling arms to hostages during Iran-Contra.

Oh, and 9/11? That was his. Osama bin Laden and his fellow Afghan "freedom fighters" got their funding, and nasty weapons, from Reagan.

A real piece of work, Reagan ruined the federal budget, trashed education, alienated our friends and allies and made us a laughing stock around the world.

Hmmmm...sounds familiar.

Anyway, I'm sure he's turning crispy brown right about now.

Ouch.

Again, I'm with him until the very last sentence. Perhaps a lot of libs are saying that sort of thing in private (I'm praying for them). And honesty is indeed the best policy. But speaking for myself, I believe the Creator is a merciful deity. Avoiding hell is based on favor and God's grace, not merit. (If not for this, I trust most of us would end up a crispy brown.) Meaning, if I have a shot of getting into heaven, so should Ronnie Ray-gun. And I have to wish for that, even as I criticize what the 40th president did throughout his hellish reign.

So, please forgive me if I borrow a question from - of all people - El Rushbo: Where's the love, Ted?