The Girl With No Name: The Incredible True Story of a Child Raised by Monkeys

The Girl With No Name The Incredible True Story of a Child Raised by Monkeys The poignant story of a girl who overcomes unique hardship and deprivation growing up with a troop of capuchin monkeys to find ultimate redemption In in a remote mountain village in South Americ

  • Title: The Girl With No Name: The Incredible True Story of a Child Raised by Monkeys
  • Author: Marina Chapman Lynne Barrett-Lee
  • ISBN: 9781605984742
  • Page: 284
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The poignant story of a girl who overcomes unique hardship and deprivation growing up with a troop of capuchin monkeys to find ultimate redemption.In 1954, in a remote mountain village in South America, a little girl was abducted She was four years old Marina Chapman was stolen from her housing estate and then abandoned deep in the Colombian jungle That she survivedThe poignant story of a girl who overcomes unique hardship and deprivation growing up with a troop of capuchin monkeys to find ultimate redemption.In 1954, in a remote mountain village in South America, a little girl was abducted She was four years old Marina Chapman was stolen from her housing estate and then abandoned deep in the Colombian jungle That she survived is a miracle Two days later, half drugged, terrified, and starving, she came upon a troop of capuchin monkeys Acting entirely on instinct, she tried to do what they did she ate what they ate and copied their actions, and little by little, learned to fend for herself.So begins the story of her five years among the monkeys, during which time she gradually became feral she lost the ability to speak, lost all inhibition, lost any real sense of being human, replacing the structure of human society with the social s of her new simian family But society was eventually to reclaim her At age ten she was discovered by a pair of hunters who took her to the lawless Colombian city of Cucuta where, in exchange for a parrot, they sold her to a brothel When she learned that she was to be groomed for prostitution, she made her plans to escape But her adventure wasn t over yetIn the vein of Slumdog Millionaire and City of God, this rousing story of a lost child who overcomes the dangers of the wild and the brutality of the streets to finally reclaim her life will astonish readers everywhere.

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    About " Marina Chapman Lynne Barrett-Lee "

  • Marina Chapman Lynne Barrett-Lee

    Now married to an Englishman and living in Bradford, England, Marina Chapman plans to donate her share of the profits from this book to help finance charities that combat human trafficking and child slavery in Colombia.

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  • I don't believe that the author was raised by monkeys. I believe, as one of the articles I read suggested, that she lived near monkeys and got to know them very well and they were perhaps, her solace, during a traumatic childhood. I think that the author and her daughter believe she was raised by monkeys though. Between disbelief and execrable writing, I couldn't finish the book. I stuck it for 20 chapters and I've given in. There is an article that brings up the point of dissociation, written b [...]


  • Some might say that this book cannot possibly be true, some might look at the release date and wonder if something else is up. But truth be told or not, it doesn't matter - this was an utterly engrossing read. I devoured it in 24 hours, and found myself totally immersed. The writing style, at the beginning, is written in the manner of a child - not a child as young as Marina actually was, but with the same innocence and naive outlook on the world. Why the child was dropped in the forest, we shal [...]


  • The sort of story that once started, I have to finish in nearly one sitting. A fascinating account of a woman whose childhood was spent in part among monkeys in the Colombian jungle (as a five-year-old, she was kidnapped, then abandoned in the jungle). Later, surrendering herself to a stranger, she is sold to become a slave-worker in a brothel but her wits, along with a kindly neighbor's warning, keep her from actually becoming a prostitute. Street life and more follow but Marina's wits, well-ho [...]


  • There is much controversy as to whether this story is true or not. I don't know that it really matters. I'm sure it matters to the author and to Marina herself. Regardless, the messages and circumstances in the book itself are quite good. This book has made me look at things a little differently. Maybe a little less judgmental of those who are less fortunate. We don't know how people get where they do. It has made me think of family members who were abused and adopted into our family and maybe h [...]


  • I bought this book because I love monkeys, and wanted to read this fascinating memoir about a Colombian child abducted and abandoned in a jungle, then taken in by a band of Capuchin monkeys. The writing is simple (Chapman's daughter interviewed her and they brought in a ghost writer to finish the work), but the story is riveting and revealing. While I was a tad disappointed that only about 1/4 of the book takes place in the jungle, the book does pick up when Chapman reenters society. She goes fr [...]


  • A good story. An incredible story. I'm not sure how I feel about this one. The ghost-writer did a great job in spinning a provocative tale of a young Colombian girl who was kidnapped from her home, abandoned in the jungle, and left to fend for herself in the wilds. She was apparently befriended by a troupe of capuchin monkeys and lived among them for several years until her "human urges" induced her to re-connect with humans. She revealed herself to two humans (who turn out to be animal poachers [...]


  • Have you ever been asked if you were raised by monkeys during a particular miscreant childhood episode? Marina Chapman may be the only person who can answer with an affirmative. Chapman, along with daughter Vanessa James and co-writer/ghostwriter Lynn Barrett-Lee, opens up her childhood trauma of being kidnapped and dumped in a jungle in “The Girl with No Name: The Incredible True Story of a Child Raised by Monkeys”. Chapman has a harrowing tale which sounds almost too far-fetched to be true [...]


  • This was a highly unusual story about a young girl, about 5 years old, kidnapped in Columbia and deserted in the jungle. She lived among the monkeys imitating and befriending them in order to survive. After years of living among the monkeys, she is finally found by a human being who sells her into slavery. She lived as a slave and was beaten regularly. She escaped and lived as a "street kid" begging and stealing on the streets of Columbia. She moved from one bad environment to another throughout [...]


  • This book is a memoir by Marina Chapman. When she was almost five she was kidnapped from her yard in Columbia and left deep in the forest to die. Well she did not die. A group of monkeys eventually allowed her into their family. For five years she went from being a human to behaving like her monkey family. learning how to climb trees and find food and shelter. She walked around on all fours and soon forgot her native language. She was found about five years later. Although these people got her o [...]


  • The Girl With No Name - The Incredible Story of a Child Raised by Monkeys; Marina Chapman with Vanessa James and Lynne Barrett-Lee; Pegasus Books; 2013“The Girl With No Name” is a powerful true story of a preschooler in Colombia who is cruelly kidnapped from her home and then tragically abandoned in the remote jungles of Colombia. Alone and afraid, the traumatized 5 year old girl gradually becomes one with a group of monkeys who basically help teach her, keep her alive and accept her into th [...]


  • This book was totally fascinating and I sometimes wondered if it were fiction or non-fiction (similar to the Mutant Message from Down Under). My guess is that it is true, though in any event it is truly a case of survival and of the range of human cruelty and kindness. Here is a link that summarizes the book and includes a video interview with the author. Personally, I recommend reading it. theguardian/science/20


  • An interesting story, but the part that drew me in was her time in the jungle, and that ends all too abruptly. After that, it's just not terribly interesting. Her time with the monkeys definitely molded her, but after a brief rough point, she doesn't seem to have any more trouble fitting in than any other orphan in Colombia at the time. The memoir also ends far too early, when she's only about 14. What about the rest of her teenage years? When and how did she meet her husband, what does she do w [...]


  • You can't read this book and not feel something for Marina. This essentially begins (after a short preface) with the kidnapping of a young girl who is abandoned and then forced to live on her own in the wilds of Columbia. For years, she goes undiscovered, relying on a group of monkeys to teach her to survive. She therefore learns to live in a rather uncivilised manner and has a very difficult time adapting to life when she is rescues and brought to live among people once more. I can't imagine th [...]


  • In 1954, in a remote mountain village in South America, a little girl was abducted. She was four years old. Marina Chapman was stolen from her housing estate and then abandoned deep in the Colombian jungle. That she survived is a miracle. Two days later, half-drugged, terrified, and starving, she came upon a troop of capuchin monkeys. Acting entirely on instinct, she tried to do what they did: she ate what they ate and copied their actions, and little by little, learned to fend for herself.Thus [...]


  • I spotted this book on my sister's bookshelf and thought it looked interesting. My sister had already read it and found it only so so. I, however, was fascinated from the start and was reluctant each time I had to put it down.Marina's story is fascinating. Kidnapped at a young age from home and then dumped in the jungle she was adopted into a monkey family and spent years growing up amongst them. But this is by no means the limit to the challenges she has to overcome as she grows up. Throughout [...]


  • Truly an amazing book, that I really did not believe it was true, but it was.Starts out with Marina being dropped off in the Columbian jungle at about age 4-5 years by 2 men. She has very little memory of her early childhood. In the jungle she begins to search for water, food. She keeps the faith that her mother will come to find her, although that never happens. She meets and lives with the monkeys, eats with them, is protected by them and loves them, as they are her only family. She has no ide [...]


  • This is an absolutely incredible true story of a young girl who faced extreme hardships and eventually found her forever home. Before her fifth birthday she was stolen from her parental home. Her kidnappers abandoned her in the Columbian jungle where she lived with a troupe of monkeys for another five years. She has fond memories of her time in the jungle and for years afterwards she missed her "family". However despite becoming very much of an animal herself, the girl realized she was a human a [...]


  • The nigh unbelievable memoir of a girl who escaped captivity in the Colombian rain forest as a five year old and spent the next few years of her life trying to mimic monkeys in an attempt to learn survival skills. She makes it very clear that these are wild animals, but she also makes it very clear that they helped her, welcomed her, and treated her as a strange member of their troop. Maybe it says something about me that I find the later parts of the story where she is a thieving street kid mor [...]


  • Okay, Intially I really enjoyed this story. The whole living in the jungle thing got my attention and I appreciated the details that answered the questions I might have. Like how does she go to the bathroom? Bathe? Etc. (view spoiler)[But then she leaves the jungle and this is where the book lost me. She ends up at home after home filled with abuse and a few random kind ppl that she wonders what happened to over and over. Then after all of these horrible experiences, she finds a good home and th [...]



  • “This book is about a girl who was raised by monkeys,” a friend said recently. She had the book in hand, and I was interested. Thinking The Jungle Book. She lent me her copy and I read it in a couple of days. The Girl with No Name is the fascinating account of the life of Marina Chapman, kidnapped from her home in Colombia in the early 1950s at the age of almost-five, and growing up in two of the country’s most frightening jungles: the rainforest and the city. This is, according to an afte [...]


  • I couldn't make up my mind whether to shelve this as fiction or non-fiction. A lot of the book reads like fantasy and I don't believe it.


  • Ein Leben, das für drei reicht: erschütternd, unfassbar, herzergreifend.Kurz vor ihrem fünften Geburtstag wird Marina aus ihrem Dorf in Kolumbien entführt und im Dschungel ausgesetzt. Ein kleines Mädchen ist eigentlich chancenlos in der Wildnis. Völlig verängstigt trifft sie auf ihre Retter: Kapuzineraffen, die sie in ihren Clan aufnehmen und von denen sie schließlich alles lernt, was sie im Dschungel braucht. Nach etwa fünf Jahren wird sie von Wilderern entdeckt und an ein Bordell verk [...]


  • Marina Chapman’s The Girl with No Name tells the story of Marina’s childhood in the treacherous Colombian jungle, where she is raised by monkeys, trying to survive. The book is set in the middle of a jungle after Marina is kidnapped and left there all by herself at the age of four, not knowing what to do or where she was. Marina tries to stay alive by copying the monkeys actions and eating what they ate, recalling a saying she learned, “monkey see, monkey do,” which kept her alive for a [...]


  • I enjoyed mostly Marina´s remembrances of her childhood in the jungle. After a hard and not so short period adapting to living with the monkeys, she recalls:"I don´t think I even thought in human language any more. So I´d no longer consciously think up something as abstract as a name.""My life had become all about sounds and emotions. And missions. All of life was now broken into missions. Missions to find food. Missions to find company. Missions to find a safe place to hide if there was a da [...]


  • A remarkable memoir by Marina Chapman, written with the help of her daughter and a ghost writer. I read this in 2 days after watching the SBS documentary in which Marina was scientifically tested by a number of psychological and primate experts, leading to overwhelming evidence to back up her story. She was abandoned in the jungle when nearly 5 years old and attached herself to a troop of capuchin monkeys, possibly till about age 10; learning to feed herself by copying their eating habits, and a [...]


  • This was a fascinating story of a young girl, four yrs old, who in the 1950's was abducted from her village in Columbia, (she does not know why) and taken by two men and left in the middle of a jungle. There she had to fend for herself and after a couple of days she encountered a group of monkeys and she remembered her mother saying "lo que hace el mono lo hace el mico" which would be the Spanish version of "Monkey see monkey do" and in this way she was able to see how to survive. She was eventu [...]


  • One has to wonder how much easier she might have had it had she been older -- and also how much of her survival is attributable to her age. On the one hand, the older one is the more basic survival skills one is likely to have picked up; on the other hand, her age probably played a part in her willingness to mimic other creatures, and her small size probably made her less threatening to the monkeys.There's so much more I wish I knew (much of which I suspect the author couldn't tell anyway), but [...]


  • The book about a feral child that I've been waiting for. This account of a 6-year-old Colombian girl who is kidnapped from her home, dumped in the jungle, and left there for years was astonishing in its simple, vivid detail of the monkeys, birds, and other animals who become her surrogate family. She doesn't romanticize, she just tells what happened to her and how desperately lonely/afraid she was during much of that time. I liked the details about what happens to her clothing, the state of her [...]


  • Incredible and fascinating true story of a woman who was abandoned in the jungle in Colombia at the age of almost 5 and lived with the monkeys for several years before unfortunately seeking out human contact and finding it with an exploitive household. She becomes a street kid for a while, stays in a convent until its restrictions are too much and she goes back to the streets, and eventually finds her way. Story has a happy ending (not a spolier alert - you know from teh beginning).I would almos [...]


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