The Wild Girl: The Notebooks of Ned Giles, 1932

The Wild Girl The Notebooks of Ned Giles From the award winning author of One Thousand White Women a novel in the tradition of Little Big Man tracing one man s search for adventure and the wild Apache girl who invites him into her world Wh

  • Title: The Wild Girl: The Notebooks of Ned Giles, 1932
  • Author: Jim Fergus
  • ISBN: 9781401300548
  • Page: 469
  • Format: Hardcover
  • From the award winning author of One Thousand White Women, a novel in the tradition of Little Big Man, tracing one man s search for adventure and the wild Apache girl who invites him into her world When Ned Giles is orphaned as a teenager, he heads West, hoping to leave his troubles behind He joins the 1932 Great Apache Expedition on their search for a young boy, the sonFrom the award winning author of One Thousand White Women, a novel in the tradition of Little Big Man, tracing one man s search for adventure and the wild Apache girl who invites him into her world When Ned Giles is orphaned as a teenager, he heads West, hoping to leave his troubles behind He joins the 1932 Great Apache Expedition on their search for a young boy, the son of a wealthy Mexican landowner, who was kidnapped by wild Apaches But the expedition s goal is complicated when they encounter a wild Apache girl in a Mexican jail cell, victim of a Mexican massacre of her tribe that has left her orphaned and unwilling to eat or speak As he and the expedition make their way through the rugged Sierra Madre mountains, Ned s growing feelings for the troubled girl soon force him to choose allegiances and make a decision that will haunt him forever.

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    1. 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 [...]

    2. 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 [...]

    3. 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 [...]

    4. This is the second book I've read by this author and I liked it . The story takes place in late 1920's . A teenage boy loses his parents and is resourceful to find an adventure covering the Apaches . He is very mature for his age and has a kind heart . He wants to be a photographer for the newspaper and becomes involved in the rescue of a stolen child and the return of the "wild Girl " . Very well done .

    5. 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 [...]

    6. I should have reviewed this right when I finished it, but I wanted to wait until others were done with it. Now though I'm forgetting what I liked and disliked about the book! I enjoyed Ned's character and the overall story line. Most historical fictions interest me a great deal and this didn't fail. The relationship between Ned and La Nina Branca was sweet and sad and fragile and of course it would have been interesting to see them try to stay together, but as history shows the only ways to make [...]

    7. 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 [...]

    8. I was delighted to have this book suggested to me by a friend because A Thousand White Women remains one of my all time favorite books. Jim Fergus is a gifted story teller and his depictions of the West in the early 20th Century are masterful. No story in American history is more tragic and unjust than what was done to Native Americans. Fergus in both White Women and this poignant tale of one of the very last Apaches evokes a culture that respected nature, appreciated beauty, and valued traditio [...]

    9. 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 [...]

    10. It's been way too long since I read a really good book, so I'm happy to report that I loved this one!! I don't know if I was feeling sentimental because I loved his other book, "One Thousand White Women" or if I truly loved this book for its own accord. I didn't like it as well as One Thousand White Women, but I thoroughly enjoyed it and didn't want it to end. I loved the writing style and the characters, but some of the content was brutal. I wish I knew a little Spanish, since there were phrase [...]

    11. 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 [...]

    12. 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.

    13. 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!

    14. The first quarter of The Wild Girl was very hard for me to get into. Once I got passed that part, I loved the book. Jim Fergus writes in such a way that I literally feel as if I am a part of his stories. I also learned a lot too, which I always like.

    15. 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.

    16. 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

    17. I found this to be a pleasent beach type read, though I can imagine being offended by its simple premise.

    18. 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.

    19. Descriptive, historical, adventurous- the kind of read that keeps your imagination active and yearning for the next time you can pick it up.

    20. This started out so promising. When I began reading The Wild Girl: The Notebooks of Ned Giles, 1932 I was immediately impressed by the storytelling and drawn into the world of the young Apache girl and the equally young Ned Giles. I am a fan of journal-style novels, as a rule. However, as the book progressed, the grating historical inaccuracies and characters who were more caricature began to wear on me. It felt as though modern characters, with their modern sensibilities and social norms, had s [...]

    21. I would say that indeed, this book is very adictive and a page-turner. Hardly to put down. The narrative is fluid, well written, well described, well designed characters.In other circumstances I would have graded this book with 5 stars. However, not in this case because of 2 main reasons:1. The dreadful spanish that is used here. I mean, bad grammar, bad use of genre role on the subject, bad sintaxis, bad written spanish names of things and people Yuck! Just awful! When I came across with the su [...]

    22. This was my second attempt at reading this book. My mindset the first time I attempted it, must have been different because I was distracted and never finished it. This time, years later, I was engulfed in the story. Fergus' portrayal of the 1930's was fascinating. It was a time in history that depending on your geographic location, experiences were so different. The world was still divided by geography. In the cities, the Great Depression was the overwhelming experience. However, in the southwe [...]

    23. The story of Ned Giles, who wishes to be a photographer after his mother dies and his father commits suicide. Ned takes many jobs until he signs on with an attempt to return a Mexican boy who was taken by the Apaches. He joins the expedition as an assistant to the photographer. While waiting for the trip to begin, Ned hears about an Indian girl locked up in jail. People are paying money to see the girl. She is dirty, bloody and not eating or drinking. Ned takes her picture. Then he cleans her up [...]

    24. As good as they getIf Jim Fergus was writing about Gettysburg, he would be the next Michael Shaara.His prose is so eloquent these characters become so real you call into forgetting this is a novel. If you love history and novels, The Wild Girl is the best of the best. If you are familiar with Charley McComas and Ben Lilly, you won't be disappointed. Jim Fergus ' research is impeccable. To paraphrase the protagonist's description of La Nina Bronca, he has power over words. I found myself thinking [...]

    25. This book was well-written and very interesting. The culture of the American Indian has always fascinated me and, even though it is fiction, the novel gave a credible explanation of customs and mores. I very much enjoyed the main characters and their interactions; Ned, the orphaned teenager from Chicago who becomes a photo-journalist along the way; Tooley, the college-aged rich kid who is gay; Margaret, the white female anthropologist trying to prove herself in a man’s profession back in 1932. [...]

    26. This is the second book I've read by this author and while not as excellent as his other recent book (A Thousand White Women), it was sill a very captivating and a good read about the adventures of the individuals on an expedition to save kidnapped white and Mexican children from the 'wild' Apaches. It's always interesting to me to read about what life was like for other cultures that were so different from life as we know it, while still being similar to us in the most human of ways, not that l [...]

    27. An engrossing tale of a young man who, after the death of his parents, travels west in search of adventure and a job during the Depression. Almost by happenstance, he becomes the photographer on a journey by an Arizona posse and Mexican military to rescue a child captured by the Apaches. When a captured Apache girl is thrust on them, the man's life becomes complicated. The author does an excellent job of showcasing the conflicts among different worlds. Interesting characters abound.

    28. Set in 1932, just before the Great Depression, a young man loses both of his parents. His father leaves him a fancy car, but no money and their house is being repossessed by the bank. The boy sees an ad for an expedition in New Mexico to go after a little boy who was captured by the Apache. He is interested in going along as a photographer, so sets out for the west. This is a terrific book with great characters. I recommend it to all.

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