I enjoyed this author's previous book, One Thousand White Women, much more than this one which had too many stereotypical characters and was so brutal and depressing. It was interesting but is not something I'd willingly reread.
Just as good as the first book I read by him, ONE THOUSAND WHITE WOMEN. He is one of the best authors I have ever read.....Highly recommend reading as of his books.
The story is set in the west and it's a very good story about a kidnapped child that is stolen by indians and goes thru the process of trying to find the child. Also a expedition goes on with a "band of gypsy" type people on it and it's written very well. They try to trade a "wild apache" girl for the kidnapped boy that doesn't speak and has been raised as a wild animal.
Fergus to me, is an author who writes with empathy and wonderful details. He creates characters that stay in our heads throughout the day, and that we are impelled to care about. This book told a rich but ugly story about what too often happens when one group of people tries to control another by force, brute retaliation. A wild and intense tale. For me, I didn't like it as much as 1000 White Women, but that is a tough book to follow. Recommend.
Jim Fergus does for the Apache in this book what he did for the Cheyenne in his earlier work. Although mostly fiction, his depiction of the tribes and the every day lives they lead brings them to you as people, not just stereotypes.
Hope there will be more forthcoming from Mr. Fergus.
I opened this book just to get a feel for it and couldn't put it down!
In journal format, the main character narrates a fascinating tale of his adventures in the Southwest and Mexico. A trip to go into a remote area of Mexico to barter for a boy who was kidnapped by the Apaches several years before takes some unexpected turns.
It is well-written and along with the drama, has a fine sprinkling of humor.
I knew I'd like it as I LOVED 1000 White Women & I was not disappointed. Believable & based on 1 bit of a true story. Wish he'd write some more
A great book about an indian girl in the west. Excellent.
In short succession I have read both 1000 White Women and now The Wild Girl by Jim Fergus. In both books Fergus has taken an insignificant historical footnote and created lively novels. After reading both books I found myself asking .... what if?" I only hope that as life goes on I do not embarrass myself at dinner parties by retelling these stories as facts not fiction.
The story line is full and rich with its characters. It's an interesting book and a good read. There is profanity--the f bomb is used regularly by some of the characters.
I enjoyed this book. I'm looking for the prior book; 1,000 white women.
This is a wonderful story that both myself and my husband enjoyed. The Wild West in the 1930s is a really unique backdrop for this adventure of a young photographer and a captured Indian girl. Looking forward to also reading 1000 White Women by this author.
I enjoyed this book very much, it was very well written, the story line was good & kept a reader wanting to see what came next for this group of characters. Although it left me wondering if Margaret ever returned to civilization & did Ned ever see his child. I found Tolley fun but I have my doubts that in 1932 a man would be that openly sharing with anyone & everyone about his sexual preference of men. Even with these questions over all it is a very good book.
I enjoyed both 1000 White Women & The Wild Girl immensely. Fergus is a terrific author. I can't wait for him to work something new.
I'm in my 60s & my daughter is in her 40s. We both just love Fergus. If you've never read anything by him, don't pass up the opportunity. His books are hard to find.
Jim Fergus is a great storyteller and I am reading everything he has ever written after reading this book! Well worth it!
Really good and funny read. Glad I read it.