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Savage Girls and Wild Boys: A History of Feral Children By Michael Newton Savage Girls and Wild Boys A History of Feral Children Wild or feral children have fascinated us down the centuries and continue to do so today In a haunting and hugely readable study Michael Newton deftly investigates a number of infamous cases He look
  • Title: Savage Girls and Wild Boys: A History of Feral Children
  • Author: Michael Newton
  • ISBN: 9780312423353
  • Page: 475
  • Format: Paperback
  • Savage Girls and Wild Boys: A History of Feral Children By Michael Newton
    Savage Girls and Wild Boys: A History of Feral Children By Michael Newton Wild or feral children have fascinated us down the centuries, and continue to do so today In a haunting and hugely readable study, Michael Newton deftly investigates a number of infamous cases He looks at Peter the Wild Boy, who gripped the attention of Swift and Defoe, and at Victor of Aveyron who roamed the forests of revolutionary France He tells the story of a savagWild or feral children have fascinated us down the centuries, and continue to do so today In a haunting and hugely readable study, Michael Newton deftly investigates a number of infamous cases He looks at Peter the Wild Boy, who gripped the attention of Swift and Defoe, and at Victor of Aveyron who roamed the forests of revolutionary France He tells the story of a savage girl lost on the streets of Paris of two children brought up by wolves in the jungles of India of a boy brought up among monkeys in Uganda and in Moscow, of a child found living with a pack of wild dogs.
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    • Michael Newton

      Michael Newton has taught at University College London, Princeton University, and Central Saint Martin s College of Art and Design, and now works at Leiden University He is the author of Savage Girls and Wild Boys A History of Feral Children, Age of Assassins A History of Conspiracy and Political Violence, 1865 1981, and a book on Kind Hearts and Coronets for the BFI Film Classics series He has edited Edmund Gosse s Father and Son for Oxford World s Classics, and The Penguin Book of Ghost Stories and Conrad s The Secret Agent for Penguin He has written and reviewed for the Times Literary Supplement, London Review of Books, the New Statesman, and The Guardian.

    982 thoughts on “Savage Girls and Wild Boys: A History of Feral Children

    • can anyone believe i finally finished this book i dont recommend it and im not even sure why its just not very interesting, although it picks up a little at the end how someone can mess up with this kind of source material is beyond me his writing just made me want to keep drifting off.but its over now and i can read my fascinating cataloging book


    • Can I give this zero stars and have it still be a rating Please, anyone Does that work What The Crap.Without my knowing, somehow I ve become almost optimistic about the world So this jerk s ranting on how weird these children were actually shocked me It irritated me to no end I expect too much of writers, I think A habit I shall have to quickly burn out of myself.And guess what I got so fed up that I stopped part of the way through.Firstly, he wouldn t shut up about his precious opinion Very lit [...]


    • This book is ostensibly about feral children throughout the ages In reality, Newton is so enthralled with the philosophical and psychological possibilities of the idea of humans raised outside of society that he only talks about four children Even when he is supposedly telling these disenfranchised children s tales, he spends most of his pages on disecting the writers who wrote about them Seriously, there are entire chapters about Swift and Defoe s family and life and only a few pages on a wild [...]


    • I wasn t exactly sure what to expect from this book After briefly skimming the jacket summary, I found out that it was about savage children, children that had grown up in the wilderness by animals or were cut off completely from the world, barely human, just becoming accustomed to the civilized world Each chapter was dedicated to a wild child, ranging from as far back as the 1700 s Peter the Wild Boy to as recent as the 1990 s Ivan Mishukov.The beginning was about the author and how he had beco [...]


    • The title and synopsis of this book is a bit misleading Rather than a history of feral or wild children, Savage Girls and Wild Boys is a history of those who come to sponsor some of these abandoned and abused children I found information about the actual children on the internet, but Newton does provide some interesting back story about the people who attempted to save these children, and some good intellectual history, though lacking the kind of depth the subject needs Some really heartbreakin [...]



    • 2.5 starsThe title of this book is misleading The author doesn t focus all that much on the feral children He discusses philosophy what distinguishes human from animal , linguistics, Greek mythology, wild children in literature Tarzan, Mowgli , the people who worked with, saved , experimented on, etc the children after they were found It could have been a much better book if he d simply focused on the children, themselves It was pretty dry, at times The last story was the most interesting for me [...]


    • I just skimmed a lot of this The author is interested in peoples reactions to the idea of kids raised by wolves etc than in the kids themselves Part of the problem is that there is not a lot of evidence, especially in the historical cases The last chapter was the most interesting, because I felt I got to know the child better, but she wasn t really a wild child, but a victim of abuse, being locked up for years.


    • I thought the book would have information on the actual children, like a series of case studies However, a lot of the book was devoted to the hisorical context of the children and the personalities of the people who found studied the children I found myself skimming the philosophy and history parts of the book, looking for actual facts on the children themselves.


    • A fascinating read and well researched accounts of feral children Instead of solely asking What makes us human , the book also prompts us to ask why we mythologize these children, what draws us to their stories, and what is implied or possibly lacking in our society and communities to do so especially considering the examples of imposters pretending to be wild children.



    • I was disappointed that there was so little information about the actual feral children and so much about those in their lives Very interesting subject matter Very boring book.



    • This started ok but as it went on it didn t seem to be much about wild children, about the people who researched them Boring




    • On to Hayes in Rome Not sure quite what the goal was as this read wavered and had little overall conclusion but some was interesting and yet makes me embarrassed for humankind.


    • Michael Newton s Savage Girls and Wild Boys A History of Feral Children was not all I had hoped it would be, which is actually quite fitting Newton does his level best to tell the stories of children discovered living, either wild in nature, or isolated away from both human society and the natural world In the process, he gives account after account of disappointments, failures and setbacks among those who attempted to rescue and rehabilitate these children It makes sense, given the constraints [...]


    • This is a very frustrating, if on occasion rewarding, book It was frustrating for me in that and judging from the other reviews here I m not unique in my frustration it regularly goes off topic, often does not properly discuss the topic on hand and when it does, tends to look at it too much for my taste from the perspective of literary history as opposed to contemporary science perhaps unsurprising given that the author is a professor of English Yet it remains full of fascinating information and [...]


    • DNF Maybe when I m in the mood for boring books then I ll come back to this one.Only made it to chapter 2 before giving up It s just such a drudge to read so it s very disappointing


    • A very thoughtful and engrossing history, discussing feral children, and the nature of being human What makes us human Language Society The book takes cases ranging from the distant past to the modern age.As I was reading I was often reminded of extremely current news events as well as other modern stories, including of course, the novel Room by Donoghue Newton s study brings up many very interesting questions, both about the extraordinary children and their caretakers and champions.The solitary [...]


    • If you want to read about actual wild children don t read this book More opinion than facts, mostly about the authors life or about authors who have written about feral children Extremely disappointing and dry book couldn t even finish it.


    • The title is misleadingis book primarily consists of the author s ruminations on the cultural abstraction wild child and its implications for society, and only secondarily a history The author is interested in the people associated with these children, and in their cultural ramifications, than in the children themselves.In the author s view there are no important differences between children who have been isolated, imprisoned and abused, and children who have grown up outdoors in the company of [...]


    • While not a masterpiece, this is mostly an engaging read for those interested in human development This book s greatest strength is the spotlight it shines on our prevailing cultural fascination with feral children Newton hypothesizes that the cases of these children, ranging from Kaspar Hauser to Genie, reveal about us as a society than the children themselves According to him, the wildness of these children calls into question our deeply held notions of what it means to be human versus being [...]


    • Combining aspects of the historical, the analytical and the philosophical, Newton s history neither condemns the idea of the uncivilized savage nor lauds the noble one Instead, he explores not only the stories of six children struggling to grasp at what some would call humanity and others would call civilization , but also what these children represented to the societies in which they lived In doing so, Newton frames this narrative in order to ask important questions such as what is humanity , i [...]


    • This book I picked up from my local public library as source material for my own zombie apocalypse writing I thought that perhaps this book would provide some insights into my feral children characters This book does cover an exhausting number of cases sating back to ancient history up until the early 1980 s Reading this book made me realize that my feral children characters were not so much feral but barbaric The feral children documented in this book suffer a number of issues that are not con [...]


    • This was a key source for my research paper.I only used parts of it in the paper, but read much They re interesting tales and stories of some exaggerated history I really got sucked in.I did a paper presentation on feral children in my Childhood Psychology classceived a 100% with high praise and esteem from one of my favorite instructors.I don t think anybody reads these things anyhow So what if I toot my little horn a bit I worked my ASS off on that paper and presentation We had to stand up in [...]


    • I think I had too much anticipation for this book Ever since viewing, late at night in a Dublin hotel, a History Channel documentary on feral children, I have been very curious about this subject And while this is the first non fiction book that I have read on the topic, I must admit that I was disappointed at how little new information was presented within its pages The book or less covered exactly what was in that documentary and a similar one presented on TLC, plus a rented one that I think [...]


    • Savage Girls and Wild Boys A History of Feral Children by Michael Newton Thomas Dunne Books 2002 155.4567 Wow How intriguing There actually are feral children alive today This book looks back through history and identifies a few of the most important or notorious feral children some of which are fictional Mowgli from The Jungle Book, Tarzan as created by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Romulus and Remus, and a girl found in Los Angeles in the 1970 s named Genie The story about Genie is absolutely heartbre [...]


    • Equal parts recapitulation meditation on the existence of feral children I enjoyed and would recommend it both for its substance and style, but was was hoping for something sordid Newton s narrative sometimes gets bogged down his desire to make these stories mean something Yes, such theorizing makes for a intellectually stimulating book and yes, there are other casually written works on the subject, but too often I felt that the author raised questions without firmly answering them, so that u [...]


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