This is the description of the author's attempt to educate and civilize a boy who
had lived alone in the wild until he was about 10 years old. The boy, who the
author named Victor, eventually learned to recognize written words and the objects
they represent, but he never learned to speak. Victor showed dramatic improvement
in his sense of touch. When he arrived, he was impervious to hot and cold. He also
learned to discriminate tastes. His sense of smell was apparently more developed
then normal people's and he retained it. He also retained a desire to run free in
the woods and he always preferred water to any other beverage.
His history before
capture is unknown, so any conclusions based on this book are speculative.
The author shows a systematic and thoughtful approach to his task, probably more
so than a modern psychologist could. The events described took place in France
Year Read: 1992
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