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La fille sauvage

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  2,046 ratings  ·  305 reviews
En 1932, au coeur de la Sierra Madre, un chasseur de pumas fait une bien étrange capture : celle de la Nina Bronca, jeune femme appartenant à l'une des dernières tribus apaches vivant à l'état " sauvage " dans les montagnes. Devenue bête de foire, ligotée sur le sol glacial d'une cellule, elle ne souhaite plus qu'une seule chose : se laisser mourir. C'est compter sans l'ai ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 460 pages
Published May 2011 by Pocket (first published January 1st 2004)
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Bark's Book Nonsense
This was a local reading group selection. Our group all enjoyed "One Thousand White Women" which is why we decided to splurge on the author's trade sized follow-up. We're usually to cheap and after reading this we all decided never to do it again.

The beginning of the story immediately throws you into the past where a young Apache girl (the "Wild" Girl named in the title) has just lost everything familiar to her in the most brutal of ways imaginable. The story then shifts gears and dishes up some
I was blown away by how much I loved this book. While I found the prologue of the "author" (Ned Giles) a little unnecessary, I immediately lost myself in the world that Jim Fergus creates. Ned Giles is an immediately sympathetic character- a good guy, a nice guy, adrift in a difficult world. In spite of the book's title, this is really Ned's story, and it's a rich, complex, and extremely compelling one. I suppose, at its heart, it is a story of good vs. evil, depending on which side you sympathi ...more
While American history isn't usually my favorite subject to read about I read this book because it was picked in my book club. It was set in the 1930's and was about this big American expedition of rich men who were wanna be hunters that thought they could track down a little Mexican boy who had been kidnapped by an Apache Indian tribe.

I really got into the book about halfway through and successfully finished it during car rides to and from Milwaukee, WI & Sycamore, IL over the holidays. Wh
The Wild Girl is the story of Ned Giles, a wannabe photojournalist looking for his big break in 1932. After the death of his parents he heads to Arizona with the prospect of joining an expedition to rescue a boy who was kidnapped by "wild" Apaches living in Mexico. He becomes a part of a band of outsiders that include a young gay man sent on the expedition by his father to "prove" he's a man, a female anthropologist, a little Mexican boy, two reservation Apaches, and a New World/Old Testament "p ...more
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A very interesting story - I enjoyed the unique setting and plot. Fergus is an excellent writer and the book had a nice easy flow. He has a wonderful way of describing the scenes, and this is one of the few books where I could very vividly inmagine the sights and sounds of the scenes and really have a sense of being there.

I really liked Ned, the main character, but some of the other characters and their dialouge drove me insane! Their somewhat "witty" banter, particularly after having been captu
This book really lacked any foundation of realism that would have made the story way more compelling. What could have been interesting take on the clash of two cultures turned in this wacky adventure with a cast of oddball characters. For the most part, I was unmoved.

Heres a passage of note:
"And maybe this is how it begins, this is how new races are born, a couple of kids together, touching each other, putting their hands and their mouths on each other, learning to love all over again, with no
I loved Fergus' other book and for that reason alone I decided to read this one even though I didn't expect to enjoy it much based on the description. I was very pleasantly surprised and thoroughly engaged the whole time. First, I fell in love with Ned Giles, the plucky orphan hero. Then, I learned a lot about the Apache people and the strained relationships between them and Americans and the Mexican soldiers. This book was based on an actual event though changes were made in the telling. Fascin ...more
The movie was okay. Perhaps the book is better than the movie.
Descriptive, historical, adventurous- the kind of read that keeps your imagination active and yearning for the next time you can pick it up.
Rebecca Chapman Dann
Have you ever read a book so fast that by the time you finished you were starting to forget part of it? Yup, me too. Even though I have read better books this one made me want to stop my life so I could find out what happens to this poor wild girl. I liked the construction, and while it wasn't as good as Fergus's other book One Thousand White Women I still liked it and we had a great discussion at book group. My book is full of sticky notes. I would call it an historical fiction adventure traged ...more
The story telling was superb! The chapters run very long because they're loaded with a lot of detail and facts, which is what killed it for me. I mean don't get me wrong, those kinds of things are essential to stories like this but I think even with not so much detail it would've been a spectacular story still. It's good to learn about the Apache Indians though, it makes you realize even more just how messed up their lives really were during that period in history.
Meredith Pringle
Loved. I knew from the first chapter that I was really going to like this book and knew I loved it when I was up until 2am finishing it. A great work of historical fiction that shed some light into the "old west" and the trials that have been put on Native Americans since the beginning of the country. The characters are great and the story is captivating! Definitely recommend!
Kathleen Payne
I picked up this book after noticing it was the same author as "A Thousand White Women". It took place in the 1930's, Mexico, with the Apache Indians. Wonderful read, different, yet similar in style to "A Thousand White Women". The main characters in the book were such a contrast to "reality" and I found them somewhat amusing in their dialog. At times their dialog reminded me of a "Monty Python script", but it wove into the story line quite well. I had a hard time getting my chores done, but I j ...more
I read this a few years ago, and recently found it again, reread it and enjoyed it even more the second time. For that reason, I'm changing my four star rating to five.
Another book from Book club, started out well, but never really got the depth that I like in a book. Some good insight about West and Mexico in the early 1930's
This is the first book in a long time that kept me up late reading. I just couldn't put it down at night. It was well-written, interesting and fast-paced.
Tina Cunningham
This was my second read of Wild Girl, but it was every bit as enjoyable as the first time. Ned Giles is a likable young man, a orphan at age 16. With the threat of being placed in an orphanage, he takes off for Arizona in his dad's roadster. Arriving in Douglas, he is hired as photographer for an expedition into Mexico to retrieve a stolen white child. What ensues involves polo ponies, a fierce hunter, a swishy Ivy-leaguer, both wild and "tame" Apaches, a female anthropologist, and many other co ...more
I found this to be a pleasent beach type read, though I can imagine being offended by its simple premise.
I enjoyed this book. I had read One Thousand White Women by Jim Fergus and liked that, so decided to give this book a try. The very beginning did not grab me, but based solely on my previous experience with the aforementioned book, I kept on----I was glad I did. The main story is of Ned Giles who is a young man in the depression era. He is young, alone and focused on becoming a photojournalist. I thought the story was well told and was compelling---especially when you read the author's note at t ...more
Helen Eidt
Very good read so far.
The story unfolds through journal entries, with Ned Giles heading out as a photojournalist on the Great Apache Expedition of 1932. He is seventeen years old, recently orphaned and trying to make a life for himself during the Depression. Giles tells the story of the expedition--the goal is to reclaim the kidnapped child of a Mexican rancher from the Apache tribe that took him. This is also the story of the last Apaches living outside a reservation, of their desperation, their violence and their r ...more
Did you like One Thousand White Women? Thinking of picking up The Wild Girl to get the same satisfaction? Don't bother. And while you're at it, re read the first book again because the problems that I glossed over in Fergus's first attempt are glaringly obvious this second go around and definitely not as excusable. In my defense, I was recovering from surgery and under the influence of pain medication when I read the first book so a suspension of reality was natural. But I is my h ...more
The Great Apache Expedition heads into Mexico to rescue a young boy living among the Apaches.

This book was clear, cleanly written, interesting and entertaining. Fergus takes on race, sexuality and gender relations, and he creates well-defined characters that manage to stay just shy of stock. I would give this book a higher rating, but there is something about it that somehow stays too "light," despite addressing the destruction of a race and containing plenty of graphic violence. I finished this
Jill Manske
I read One Thousand White Women and really liked it, so I decided to read The Wild Girl. Like One Thousand White Women, it's told through journals written by the main character, Ned Giles. The story unfolds through the journal entries, with Giles heading out as a photojournalist on the Great Apache Expedition of 1932. Giles tells the story of the expedition, the goal of which is to reclaim the kidnapped child of a Mexican rancher from the Apache tribe that took him. This is also the story of the ...more
A very, very good read. As with Fergus' earlier novel, "A Thousand White Women", this book was set in the culture of the native American tribes in the southwest and spoke to how they managed to survive to an extent despite the constant attempts at genocide by the Mexican and American governments and military. It is also the story of couples who make the cross cultural connection and their take on this whole situation. It is the story of the journalists brought along on an expedition to find a ra ...more
The Wild Girl is the latest by Fergus. It is based on some historical facts telling the tale of a white person's entanglement with Native Americans. Only this time it is a young, white man mixing with a young Apache girl in Mexico. Moreover, the story is mainly conveyed through the journals of the main character.

The prologue sets the stage: an old man is having his first art show. A potential customer asks him about a specific photograph of a young girl curled into the fetal position lying in a
Jan 15, 2011 Jill rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jill by: Christina Wygant
I was randomly offered this book to read and very much enjoyed it. The book takes place in 1932 along the Arizona/Mexico border and is based on historical events in which a local 3-year old boy had been captured by Apache Indians. After 3 years of trying to find his boy, the father sought help from the authorities. A joint American/Mexican expedition was formed made up of wealthy men supposedly to find the boy, but really it offered them an adventurous opportunity to hunt and fish and maybe catc ...more
Wonderful story about an orphaned teenager, Ned Giles who left Chicago in 1932 to travel to Douglas, Arizona. Ned was an aspiring photographer and wanted to be part of an expedition being formed to travel into Mexico to rescue a young boy who had been kidnapped by the Apache Indians several years before. He kept a journal of his adventure, which began when a young Apache girl was captured by a hunter and brought to Douglas. She was like a wild animal and was placed in a jail cell for lack of a b ...more
Deon Stonehouse
Ned Giles is orphaned at 17 by the death of both his parents. In a few short months he goes from a young man in college to a kid trying to avoid being placed in foster care. Ned has been working in an upscale men’s club, he sees and advertisement for the 1932 Great Apache Expedition, Apaches have taken the son of a wealthy Mexican rancher; the expedition hopes to rescue the child. Ned sees this as the solution to his problem; he will quit school, head out of Chicago before the social workers ret ...more
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Jim Fergus was born in Chicago on March 23, 1950. He attended high school in Massachusetts and graduated as an English major from Colorado College in 1971. He has traveled extensively and lived over the years in Colorado, Florida, the French West Indies, Idaho, France, and Arizona. For ten years he worked as a teaching tennis professional in Colorado and Florida, and in 1980 moved to the tiny town ...more
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