The Dolphin People

Torsten Krol

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The Dolphin People

The Dolphin People Shortly after the end of WWII sixteen year old Erich Linden and his family have fled Germany and joined Erich s uncle Klaus in Venezuela where they will begin a new life But en route to Klaus s o

  • Title: The Dolphin People
  • Author: Torsten Krol
  • ISBN: 9781843545774
  • Page: 291
  • Format: Paperback
  • Shortly after the end of WWII, sixteen year old Erich Linden and his family have fled Germany and joined Erich s uncle, Klaus, in Venezuela, where they will begin a new life But, en route to Klaus s outpost further inland, they encounter a storm and their plane crashes in the middle of the jungle Stranded deep within ia with no hope of rescue, they are discovered bShortly after the end of WWII, sixteen year old Erich Linden and his family have fled Germany and joined Erich s uncle, Klaus, in Venezuela, where they will begin a new life But, en route to Klaus s outpost further inland, they encounter a storm and their plane crashes in the middle of the jungle Stranded deep within ia with no hope of rescue, they are discovered by the Yayomi, a violent and superstitious Stone Age tribe The Yayomi believe the strange looking foreigners are freshwater dolphins in human form and the Lindens believe that as long as they can keep up the bizarre ruse they ll be safe But the jungle is a dark, mysterious place, and no place for a family of sham dolphin people who are ultimately left with only two choices to escape or to die trying.

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    1. Daniel Bastian on said:

      "If I did one thing in all my life, assuming I lived, I would tell anyone who asked, and plenty who didn't, that Jews are no more separate and different from other people than a blue parrot is to a green one. A parrot is a parrot, and calling a parrot a bat is the sign of a fool. Now I was no longer a fool, and never would be again."This one grew on me quickly. While initially I was put off by what seemed to me elements of shock value thrown in to hook the reader, Krol's frictionless prose and c [...]

    2. Kevin Ansbro on said:

      “Erich, they differ from us only in the limitations imposed upon them by stone, as opposed to iron and steel.”― Torsten Krol, The Dolphin PeopleFans of William Golding's Lord of the Flies will love this book.It's also almost Kipling-esque (Rudyard, not the cake maker, you twit), taking us back to a time where far-flung destinations couldn't be reached by all and sundry on a jumbo jet.A post-WWII crash landing into the ian jungle forces Erich, an unworldly teenager, to become an uninvited n [...]

    3. Yiannis Vasalakis on said:

      Κάτω από τη μάσκα του «πολιτισμού»Η εφιαλτική παραβολή του Τόρστεν ΚρολΑμαζόνιος. Ζούγκλα. Ενας 16χρονος έφηβος. Ενας ναζί γιατρός. Ανθρωποφάγοι, ερμαφρόδιτοι, πιράνχας. Ενα μικροσκοπικό ψάρι που εισχωρεί στο πέος. Ο Τόρστεν Κρολ πλέκει μια ιστορία στα χνάρια του Ροβινσώνα [...]

    4. Lee on said:

      Just spent several enjoyable hours finishing off the final 150+ pages. Really difficult to put down. As easy to read as watching a film -- ie, perfectly smooth-sailing prose. Seemed a bit too young-adultishy at first for me, narrated by a 17-year-old boy, but the tone (a little like Phillip Pullman) matures along with the narrator. Reminded me of reading all day in bed when I was a kid, transported, fully engaged, startled, laughing, pleasurably cringing at certain scenes. I won't discuss the co [...]

    5. eb on said:

      I wish this book were a guy so I could marry it and have a million babies with it. Read The Dolphin People if you like rollicking adventure stories told in crystal clear, diamond-sharp prose; if you enjoy gasping in terror every 20 pages or so; if you have the stomach for death by piranha and mutilation; if you're interested in tall, handsome, purely evil Nazis; or if you like complicated philosophical ideas explicated so beautifully and simply that they go down as easily as a gin and tonic afte [...]

    6. Jeannie Mancini on said:

      Thorsten Krol’s incredible talent to show creative writing at it’s best is executed in his latest novel The Dolphin People. This novel is so unique, peculiar, odd to say the least, yet thought provoking, horrifying, shocking and yet at times humorous as well. The book is a fantastic literary achievement with much panache and style not seen in others too often. I’ll definitely put it on my “doozy” list, for this tale is a whopper. Putting it down for a second is not going to happen, I p [...]

    7. Trisha on said:

      So I needed something to hold me over until Mockingjay was released, and this is what I picked up on a whim at the bookstore. This gem’s author uses a pen name, and rightfully so. I would probably keep my identity secret if I wrote a book whose characters sympathize with Nazis, are child hermaphrodites, and have nightmarish accounts involving piranhas and candiru (seriously, check them out). I picked this one up while I was on a survival of the fittest kick. It starts out simple enough: a fami [...]

    8. Donna on said:

      I am still not too sure how I feel about this book. Maybe I can figure it out buy the time I finish this post. It is about a German family with 2 boys and whose Dad died during WWII so Mom had to marry his brother. They were going to Venezuela to live when the plane crashed and they had to swim to land where the ran into the Yayomi Indians and convinced them that they were the dolphin people so that they could stay with the tribe until they could find a way to escape. When the arrived there they [...]

    9. John Gurney on said:

      Credit Torsten Krol with ambition: a transplanted post-war German family crashlands in the Venezuelan and is taken in by a hunter-gatherer tribe based on the Yanomami. One major character is modeled on Joseph Mengele, the Nazi Doctor of Death. Unfortunately, the story didn't work for me. A very major character goes for a swim during her menstrual cycle- and is promptly devoured by hundreds of piranha. That seemed like a fake Hollywood horror twist so I researched and read it is an urban legend [...]

    10. Victoria on said:

      Reclusive Australian satirist Torsten Krol is best known for being unknown – even his publisher claims to have never met him. He enjoyed success in Britain with his second novel, Callisto, and readers won't be disappointed with this, his pacy debut, now published here. Its teenage narrator, Erich, leaves a defeated Germany in 1946 with his widowed mother and younger brother, bound for Venezuela, where his mother is to marry her brother-in-law, Klaus, and begin a new life. With the hasty weddin [...]

    11. Daphne on said:

      A great book!! I was initially not too taken with the whole story, but as the narration went on and the story progressed, it became a really great book. Along with flowing prose and the linking of ideas and situations, Krol has created in Erich a most complex and interesting character. His grown up-ness might seem like he's a pain in the arse at the beginning, but as the story progressed, he mellows into an almost wholly adult character, different from who he started off as. The relationships th [...]

    12. Mike Iovinelli on said:

      I just stumbled upon this book at Barnes & Noble one day. The thing that caught my attention was a review saying this was the next Life of Pi (a fav of mine). I understand why that was written, but it's completely different. I loved this book. I loved the story, I loved the craziness that just keeps happening page after page, and the brief history of WWII that is intertwined. Looking back, the story is a little outrageous, but it keeps you involved and constantly guessing what is coming next [...]

    13. Steven on said:

      A phenomenal story covering a multitude of topics. This is they type of book made for book clubs, in which an interesting discussion would be sure to occur. Krol's writing draws you in and keeps you interested. The author says he channels characters when writing, and he does an excellent job of it, writing an extremely believable story though the eyes of a 16 year old boy.Some of the scenes are graphic and had to swallow, but great literature is not easy to digest. Great literature forces you to [...]

    14. nikos on said:

      Ιδιαιτερο βιβλιο.Ιδιαιτερος ο τροπος που ο συγγραφεας προσεγγιζει την εννοια του φυλετικου μισους, ενιοτε σατυρικα ενιοτε σαρκαστικα ,σκληρα και τολμηρα.

    15. Bill on said:

      While I wouldn't rate this quite as high in my opinion as Krol's previous novel, Callisto, it's still impressive, and it may very well be that I simply loved the other one because it so brilliantly lambasted our country's obsession with "homeland security" and crushing "terrorists." At any rate, there is also a lot that is brilliant about this second effort. The story takes place just following WWII and centers around a family of German expatriates who are lost in the jungle after their plane g [...]

    16. Marleah on said:

      "Sixteen-year-old narrator Erich Linden is fleeing to Venezuela with his war widow mother, Helga, and effeminate younger brother, Zeppi, after the fall of the Reich. They've been sent for by Erich's uncle Klaus, who intends to marry Helga as part of a plan to change his identity to evade prosecution for war crimes. Once they arrive and are rebranded as the Brandt family, they head inland to their new home, but their plane crashes, leaving them stranded in the , where they are welcomed by members [...]

    17. Kayse on said:

      Before I started reading The Dolphin People, someone told me it was the adult version of Lord of the Flies, and I'd have to agree. It's about a German family who crash lands in the middle of the and finds themselves taken in by an ian tribe. It's told in the first person perspective of the oldest son and is takes place post World War 2. Straightaway you know there's going to be major conflicts in culture and customs and the author leaves you with enough foreshadowing that you basically know wha [...]

    18. Wade Radlet on said:

      After the end of WWII Erich Linden and his family leave Germany to start a new life in South America with their Uncle. When they arrive Their Uncle informs them that they will be flying further inland to get to his new job outpost. On the Plane ride over they get trapped in a bad storm and their plane crashes in the middle of the Venezuelan Rainforest. They manage to get out alive, but soon learn that they crashed in the Yayomi tribe lands. This superstitious ancient tribe find Erich and his fam [...]

    19. Joshua on said:

      Wow, this one was hard to put down once you are 150 pages or so in. Kind of an adventure tale set in the Venezuelan jungles right after WW2. A mother marries her Nazi brother-in-law after her husband is killed fighting Russians. They all head to Venezuela where he has work as a doctor in the wilds. Their plane goes down. They are taken in by the natives who think they are dolphins in human form.The story is told by one of two German kids who is 16 or 17 when the plane crashes. He's innocent and [...]

    20. Melissa McCauley on said:

      What a great, strange read. Exactly my cup of tea. No predictable plot elements or one-liners in this coming-of-age tale. The only off-putting element is the gauche narrator, a teenage boy. Be prepared for lot of mentions of farts and tits and penises. A Nazi widow takes her two sons to Venezuela to join their uncle, a former SS doctor in hiding - and on the way their plane crashes into the jungle. To survive, they must live off the charity of an ian tribe who believes them to be shape-shifting [...]

    21. Pamela on said:

      Such an interesting read. There'sgso much grotesqueness, but yet I still wanted to keep reading.The narrator of the story- a 16 year old boy- takes us through his journey to adulthood while stuck in the amazon, and it's believable. I believed all of his adventures, and the journey from childhood to adulthood.The author himself is an interesting character, writing under a pen name, and not revealing anything about himself. His writing, his strangeness about writing, are all enough to make me read [...]

    22. eb on said:

      I wish this book were a guy so I could marry it and have a million babies with it. Read The Dolphin People if you like rollicking adventure stories told in crystal clear, diamond-sharp prose; if you enjoy gasping in terror every 20 pages or so; if you have the stomach for death by piranha and mutilation; if you're interested in tall, handsome, purely evil Nazis; or if you like complicated philosophical ideas explicated so beautifully and simply that they go down as easily as a gin and tonic afte [...]

    23. Kaitlin on said:

      A little heavy-handed with the overarching analogy, but a really compelling read. The protagonist is a 16-year-old German boy who, during the reign of the Nazis, finds himself stranded on an island with his new step-father, mother, younger brother, and the indigenous people (as well as a sociologist who has pretty much become a native himself). What follows is the Germans' quest to assimilate with the natives and, maybe, escape.A unique, enjoyable read.

    24. Steven Drachman on said:

      An absolutely gripping, hilarious, traumatizing book, violent and terrible and impossible to put down. All you should really know about it beforehand is that it's about a German family after WW2 whose plane crashes in the jungle. Krol plays so many tricks with the reader that the less you know before you begin, the better the book will be.I found this book on the sidewalk in Park Slope, Brooklyn. What luck!

    25. Shelley on said:

      This adventure story takes place post WW2 in the early 50s. It is a first person narrative told by a 16-year old German boy who chronicles his families journey from Germany to South Americal where they seek asylum and a new life. Their plane crashes in the jungle and they are thrust into a primitive, aboriginal society where they must use psychology and instinct to survive. Loved it.

    26. Intortetor on said:

      strana storia, ricca di colpi di scena (a volte talmente improbabili da far pensare a pynchon o a tom robbins). krol si rivela scrittore difficilmente inquadrabile, ed è un bene: e se a volte la voglia di stupire il lettore si rivela "eccessiva", si resta comunque stupiti dalle infinite trovate che lo scrittore è capace di tirar fuori ad ogni pagina.

    27. Jennifer on said:

      A very crazy book. But it was a good read. It is unlike anything I have read before. It is about a family after a plane crash ends up living in this small village of people who live in the rainforest. The rainforest people believe that this family were dolphins who changed into people. The family keeps this misconception going in order to ensure their safety

    28. Paul Foutz on said:

      4.5 stars. Excellent! Very surprised, as I picked this up in the bargain section. Great survival story with interesting history of Nazi Germany, tribal Indians and customs, along with human discovery. If you liked Life of Pi, you will like this book.

    29. katie on said:

      A gruesome, kind of shocking novel, not for the faint of heart. I was unable to put it down, and there were many moments of raised eyebrows and widened eyes as I read. Mostly satisfying read, I must say.

    30. Monica Nieto on said:

      It's a whirlwind. I found myself worried, curious, angry, and sad. The book transports you and your imagination but also brings you back to earth where you ponder humanity and it's ugliness. It was a definite page turner and it stayed with me several days after finishing.

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