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The Dolphin People [Paperback]

Torsten Krol
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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1 Feb 2009
"The Dolphin People" is an entirely gripping adventure yarn in the grand tradition of "Robinson Crusoe", "The Swiss Family Robinson" and "Lord of the Flies". An unputdownable novel from Torsten Krol, master storyteller. In 1946, a young German widow and her two sons arrive in Venezuela to begin a new life. Helga will marry her brother-in-law, Klaus, a doctor, and her boys, Erich and Zeppi, will accept him as their stepfather. Together the family fly out to a distant jungle outpost where Klaus is to be the new medical officer, but en route their plane flies into a fierce tropical storm and crashes into a river in a remote region of Amazonas.They are rescued by the Yayomi, a tribe of stone-age Indians, who assume they are terrestrial incarnations of magical dolphins and accept the family into their tribe. They are not alone among the natives: Gerhard Wentzler is an anthropologist who has been studying the Yayomi for years, too long to be able to leave. At first all goes well, the boys in particular adapting readily to Yayomi ways, but slowly and painfully Erich begins to realize that Klaus may not be the noble figure he thought he was...

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books (1 Feb 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843545780
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843545781
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 923,906 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'A mythical epic which might just be the new Life of Pi.' Melissa Katsoulis, Daily Telegraph * 'Bizarre, thought-provoking and funny... fast-paced and clever... A postmodern novel par excellence.' Ed Wright, Sydney Morning Herald"

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Torsten Krol's novel Callisto was published by Atlantic Books in 2007.

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4.0 out of 5 stars excellent storytelling 13 Mar 2009
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This is a great novel, if your taste is in the imaginative, "old fashioned" type of fiction. Krol writes in a way which is very easy to read, and is a born storyteller, with some rather bizarre and surprising twists along the way. The story of a German family ending up in the Amazon jungle amongst a local tribe after WW 2 is quite innovative, and keeps your interest up to the last pages. It's rather difficult to categorize this novel in any genre. It's part of an adventure novel, part of "a boy growing into manhood" story. There are elements of satire in it, and Krol has quite an interesting - amusing, too - way of relating the so-called "civilized, western" culture habits into the "primitive" Amazonian tribal way of life. If I should compare this book to some other writer's works, then Kurt Vonnegut is a name that pops up for me. The way Krol tells the story by a young, teenage German boy's point of view reminds me somewhat of Mark Twain's Huck Finn. All in all, Torsten Krol is a name that is definitely worth to keep in mind for his future works.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Awful book 10 May 2013
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This was a horrible story with cardboard characters. It is crudely written and I have thrown it in the bin as I wouldn't want anyone else to have to read it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unputdownable 25 April 2009
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I was recommended this book by a friend who knew that I liked stories set amongst animist societies. The clever thing here is that with the Nazi-era Germans as the main characters, you are able to easily put different cultural practices side by side. It is a very fast paced , and exciting read. Saying more about the plot would spoil it, but it is rich, full of believable characters and not-so believable plots! That doesn't spoil anything. I was recommending this book to other people before I had even finished it. It really kept me hooked til the very last page. Brilliant book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars couldn't stop reading it! 14 April 2009
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This book really gripped me, even (or especially?) when I knew things were going to get messy. This book was like a written version of a Werner Herzog film - full of unhinged and unpredictable characters. The main character develops through the story, becoming less innocent, but also less self-centred. Can't say much more without spoiling it. It's well worth reading, and is a book I kept thinking about after I'd finished it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Imaginative but flawed 13 July 2010
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Very imaginative though flawes novel. Set shortly after WW2, it follows a German family with secrets as they get stranded amongst the Yanamamo Indians in Amazonia. Quite entertaining though at times too predictable, especially the ending. Not as accomplished as his previous work "Callisto".
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