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Girl in the Cellar - The Natascha Kampusch Story: The Natasha Kampusch Story by Allan Hall And Michael Leidig (2006-11-30)

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  • By Sylviastel on January 18, 2016

    Natascha Kampasch was a normal Viennese ten year old girl when she went missing in 1998. She resurfaced eight years later as she escaped her disturbed captor. The authors have done a decent job in retelling the story and include colored photographs of her secret dungeon in Wolfgang Priklopil's home. The authors do the best in learning about Wolfgang's disturbed life since the captor committed suicide after Natascha escaped his home.I found the book to be an easy read. Natascha is a remarkable girl who became a strong-willed woman. Maybe we'll never know the truth of relationship with her captor. It's not for us to know anyway. She was abducted and kept away for 8 years by a disturbed man. Natascha's strength, courage, bravery, and intelligence helped her through her ordeal. By her abduction and returned, she became a celebrity of sorts. While the case is still disturbing, Wolfgang clearly chose her to complete his warped disturbed fantasies of control. We don't know what happened according to this book but can only suspect to the kinds of abuse inflicted upon her.Natascha had learned to gain his trust in order to improve her life and possible escape. Her relationship with her captor is typical Stockholm Syndrome. She does feel guilt for his suicide and his lonely mother. Natascha's relationship with her captor was complicated and can't be placed as black or white. The authors do a decent job in retelling the story without getting too deep into their relationship without Natascha's cooperation. She wrote her own book about the experience. The authors cover Wolfgang's life very well in understanding his relationships with his parents and others. He didn't have many close friends and kept his life very private.In the end, I know that we'll never know the truth perhaps about her relationship (abused or not) with her captor. It makes no difference to the reader. You have to wonder what any of us would do in Natascha's situation so don't judge her. I don't need to know the details nor want to confront the victim, Natascha, about it.

  • By D. Merrimon Crawford on March 11, 2010

    In March 1998, ten year old Natasha Kampusch was kidnapped on her way to school. Investigations as to the identity of the abductor or Natasha's whereabouts come to a dead end. Then more than eight years later, Natasha, now a young woman, escapes to tell the world a story that will horrify the world. Natasha has spent this time as a prisoner in Wolfgang Priklopil's cellar in a suburban home that on the surface looks ordinary. No one looking from the outside would ever have suspected that this ordinary man in this ordinary looking life held the key to an unimaginable nightmare. Does Natasha's difficult childhood hide a clue to her future fate? What kind of monster would commit such an evil act? What kind of person was Natasha to be able to survive? How was she abducted and why did the trails and investigation lead nowhere? How did she escape? How did this young woman, a woman imprisoned and living her childhood mostly alone, handle the instant media fame frenzy after her escape?In THE GIRL IN THE CELLAR, journalists Allan Hall and Michael Leidig summarize the main facts behind this horrific true crime without sensationalizing the case, especially given the fact that Natascha Kampusch herself refuses to reveal personal details about her life and her relationship with Wolfgang Priklopil and Austria's strict privacy make such information less available. Without being a detailed psychological treatise that most lay persons might find tedious, the authors turn to those in the field to give readers some insight into the main psychological issues raised by this case. Allan Hall and Michael Leidig also turn to history and literature to draw a picture for readers of the few existent cases of similar but not identical situations that might help a reader imagine the dynamics of Natascha's captivity and her relationship with Woflgang Priklopil. As such, this book is helpful in separating fact from media hype. Readers of true crime familiar with some of the modern classics of literature will appreciate the author's literary examples to spark the imagination. As with the parallels drawn to concentration camp prisoners, or their examination of the psychology, the authors do not turn this true crime story into a scholarly examination, but rather use such examples to fill in the reader's imagination and/or provide readers with other areas to explore without turning away from the case and issues in hand.Sixteen pages of color plates and diagrams accompany the text, allowing readers, particularly American readers perhaps less conversant in the case, to identify the key characters and events, then and now. An index at the back helps readers relocate particular references after finishing the book. Most intriguing are the author's insight into the media frenzy surrounding her escape, Natascha's marketing and branding of herself, and the effects this case has had within Austrian society. Since enough time has elapsed between the hardcover edition and the release of the mass market paperback that some details have changed, this reader would have appreciated an afterward in this mass market edition to update readers on Natascha Kampusch's life and the possible official closing of the case.Written in a journalistic style that summarizes vast amounts of material into a logical, informative narrative, THE GIRL IN THE CELLAR presents the facts of the case while also identifying as unknown those details on which outsiders can only speculate. As such, this book is helpful in separating fact from media hype. THE GIRL IN THE CELLAR is a refreshing change from true crime stories this reader has previously read thanks to the Allan Hall and Michael Leidog's ability to tell the story without tabloid-like hype and also without romanticizing the culprit into a literary hero. The case becomes all the more shocking and horrifying in the author's ability to describe the ordinariness of the perpetrator. The authors do an excellent job showing the courage and strength of Natascha Kampusch without idealizing her. The more troubling aspects of her media created image are not omitted.Courtesy of Book Illuminations

  • By Rougiet on September 2, 2016

    Knowing ahead of time that it was a true story, set over ten years ago and that there were many screw ups at the time of her disappearance, as well as being told up front that this was pieced together from interviews with people of interest, the police, newspaper stories etc. I went in with the premise that it was not going to be well written. I found it to be an intriguing story, well written and thought provoking. There were many "if only's" and "what if's". I could see how the public could feel that the victim was not likable after her escape, but then again, we were not in her shoes and we did not have her early years. It seems that if she could have lived with her father all along and maybe spent every other weekend with mom, she would have had a more normal was not presented as being loving or stable. Dad cared about Natasha and her well being.There were many questions brought to light such as the racy photos taken by mom or her sister. I intend to read more about her life in the past ten years to see if any other information has come out, and how she is fairing.

  • By Danielle on August 5, 2017

    Great book, but I have so many unanswered questions!!!

  • By maren on August 22, 2017

    interesting story

  • By Teresa Snapp-Line on March 3, 2016

    Long story that took too long to convey. It was interesting and needed too be told.

  • By Cindy C on March 6, 2016

    I liked the book but got to be a little repetitive and boring.

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