The Wild Part

The Wild Part

by Craven Jerry


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In 1952, in a botched attempt to hitch a ride to a nearby village, Rosita and Don become lost in a Venezuelan river jungle. The children steal a canoe from a gang of murderous bandits only to float deeper into a world inhabited by vampire bats, Jesus frogs, anacondas, and killer crocodilians. While they find much in the jungle to fill them with wonder and delight, Rosita and Don fast realize that even some of the outrageously funny adults along the river might harm or even kill them.
The Wild Part shows readers a world of comedy, beauty, and danger through young, unjaded eyes and reminds us all of times when rules were merely guidelines, when the chaos of the present hour offered limitless possibilities, both dangerous and beautiful

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ISBN-13: 9780988384415
Publisher: Angelina River Press
Publication date: 04/20/2013
Pages: 306
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.69(d)

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An adventure novel: the pace of plot does not flag, but even better, we meet some people in the Venezuelan jungle that we will long remember. The narrator is about eleven years old, but this is not a children's book any more than is Huckleberry Finn. The narrator's best friend is Rosita, who is maybe a year older but is much wiser and more experienced in the world.       My favorite character is an outrageous Texan who runs a traveling medicine show in the interior of Venezuela (in the early 1950s), a man who is on first-name terms with God, though what he says to God is mainly accusations and complaints. His curses are "clean" but colorful vivid tirades against what he sees as divine injustice. Another fun character is one the locals call El Loco, and he might well be a little crazy, though he does seem to know about Lao Tzu and affirms that he lacks freedom of will, doing so very comical ways.      The narrator, Don, and his friend Rosita find the jungle they must travel through a kind of paradise, but only at first. As they have to deal with wild animals and wild people, many bent upon killing them, the two come up with clever ways to survive, which includes stealing a canoe to navigate a wild river, learning to forage for food, and figuring out how to find or build shelter in a hostile environment.       The book includes discussion questions for book groups, and one of the questions asks if the novel is appropriate for young adults. My response is a hearty YES, for the story can be read and enjoyed on a number of levels. Highly recommended.