The Dolphin People
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The Dolphin People

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Life of Pi meets Lord of the Flies in The Dolphin People, a darkly comic "postmodern novel par excellence" (Sydney Morning Herald) from Torsten Krol, the author of the critically acclaimed Callisto. While fleeing Germany after World War II, a family arrives in Venezuela and encounters a Stone Age Amazon tribe that mistakes them for dolphins in human form. But the ruse can only protect them for so long in this madcap, imaginative tale.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 356 pages
  • 132.08 x 198.12 x 25.4mm | 340.19g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0061672963
  • 9780061672965
  • 100,356

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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 Amazonia with no hope of rescue, they are discovered by the Yayomi, a violent and superstitious Stone Age tribe. The Yayomi believe the strangelooking 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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Review quote

"Absurd, frightening, riotously funny, and written with relentless, breakneck velocity.... Utterly surprising and utterly irresistible--a spectacular tour de force."--Adam Davies, author of The Frog King
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696 ratings
3.75 out of 5 stars
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4 38% (262)
3 26% (178)
2 7% (51)
1 3% (24)
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