The unbelievable true story of a young girl who is abandoned in the Colombian jungle and finds asylum in the most unlikely of places—with a troop of capuchin monkeys
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 mores 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 yet . . .
In the vein of Slumdog Millionaireand 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.
I could not put this book down from page 1. I can't imagine the life she led! Chapman had a way of making you feel you were right there with the girl, in all that she experienced! I can't wait to read the sequel.55
It was a completely engaging and incredible story of resilience!!55
What gutsy child. It is so sickening what adults do to children. Marina’s story is heart wrenching.55
Just wish they would have told how she met her husband but an amazing story.55
Excellent read, couldn't put it down from beginning to end.55
I could not put this book down. It brought tears and sorrow but mostly hope. The true story of a real survivor. I wish children that think they have no hope could read this story. I only have love and happiness that Luv Marina has a happy life now.55
Could not put this down from start to finish:)55
Excellent story!!! Sad at times and funny at times. I'm so glad everything turned out good for her!!! Can't wait to read the sequel!!!55
Amazing book! So happy she found a family and peace. Couldn't put the book down. Great read. God bless her.55
Marina's story of survival and resilience is second to none.55