The Dolphin People

The Dolphin People

by Torsten Krol

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.

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.

  • Language: English
  • Category: Fiction
  • Rating: 3.77
  • Pages: 368
  • Publish Date: August 1st 2008 by Atlantic Books
  • Isbn10: 1843545772
  • Isbn13: 9781843545774

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A post-WWII crash landing into the Amazonian jungle forces Erich, an unworldly teenager, to become an uninvited neighbour of the Yayomi people.

In an interview about the book, the pseudonymous Krol remarks that the Holocaust "was the blackest page in human history, the absolute nadir of human baseness." It isn't something to be compartmentalized away as ancient history, and this saga of human tragedy is something that receives long thematic play as the cast's true convictions leak out onto the pages. The Dolphin People is breezy, frequently disarming, and is sure to stick with you long after it's through.

It's a great book, and one I'm very glad I took the time to read. I feel like it's a book that would be hard to read again knowing certain details and how it ends now.

Thorsten Krols incredible talent to show creative writing at its best is executed in his latest novel The Dolphin People. Finding themselves alone in the Amazon jungle, with no food, water or supplies, the situation becomes critical until they are found by the Yayomi tribe. Taken to the tribal village, they find another German there, an anthropologist that has been living with the tribe for 11 years working on a book chronicling their culture. Erich and his family assimilate into the village until secrets, betrayals, jealous feuds, murders and mischief being to cause the unraveling of this unusual freakish family slowly going mad.

A series of disturbing events follow: the family drinks a dead persons remains to prove a point, they snort tree bark that makes them see dead Jewish children (among other things), and one performs surgery with no help from anesthesia (due to a prior morphine addiction). Im also not going to be the creep who recommends it to you and takes responsibility for the way you can never look at someone peeing into a river the same again (not that you ever looked before; Im just trying to make a point here).

I also love to read about WWII so this had the best of my faves so maybe that is why I liked it as much as I didn't know I did! See, I know that I could pin point how I felt about this book after I finished the post!