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Torsten Krol

The Dolphin People

Torsten Krol The Dolphin People
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Main description:

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.

Review quote:

“[Krol is] a mesmerizing storyteller with a taste for grotesque, wildly improbable satire.... [A] clever, gory, suspenseful, and outrageous novel.”

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“[Krol’s] writing is sharp.... [He] expertly turns his adventure story into a pointed commentary on the nature of tribal hatred. An unflinching, nightmarish fable with plenty of smarts behind it.”

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“Absurd, frightening, riotously funny, and written with relentless, breakneck velocity.... Utterly surprising and utterly irresistible—a spectacular tour de force.”

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“Krol is adept at creating suspense while imbuing the story with an unexpected amount of compassion and tenderness.”

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“What an audacious book. I loved it. A 20th century adventure that could only be told in the 21st. Wild, daring, honest, gruesome.”

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“You won’t be able to put down this gruesome and marvelous novel.... Krol’s writing mixes stark, laconic realism with passages of economical beauty.”

Short description/annotation:

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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