8) Innate primitivity may be a bridge too far

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The gap between them and the rest of us may be too far to bridge. 

Primitivity still exists in Kuegler’s voice. 

It’s hard to relate to a missionary tale in Mama and Papa language reminiscent of Little House pioneer Laura Ingalls Wilder. 

Stilted storytelling and wide eyed value judgments weigh down Kuegler’s views of the contemporary world, as well as the Lost Valley of Irian Jaya. 

Antiquated in style, Jungle Child is a much less satisfying read than it could be, given the author’s dramatic experience of cultural immersion.

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