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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 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 Amazonia 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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The Dolphin People Reviews

  • Daniel Bastian
    2019-03-25 20:58

    "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 compelling characters detained me right up until the end. Bringing together a German family with Nazi sympathies and an entrenchedly superstitious uncontacted people in the Amazon might seem an odd mix, but in fact there was a minor diaspora of Nazi war criminals to South America after the war drew to a close. This is fiction, but not inconceivable fiction. 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 book has been compared to Robinson Crusoe, only much darker. And that's true. It'll have you biting your nails and cringing in disgust while locked in a trance. The Dolphin People is breezy, frequently disarming, and is sure to stick with you long after it's through.

  • Kevin Ansbro
    2019-04-07 04:18

    “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 Amazonian jungle forces Erich, an unworldly teenager, to become an uninvited neighbour of the Yayomi people.This wonderful story tackles racism on several fronts and exposes the depths that modern man might sink to when the axioms of civilization no longer apply.Leaden with heavy metaphors and social dilemmas, but also rich with imagery, this is a worthwhile and thought-provoking read.

  • Yiannis Vasalakis
    2019-04-19 20:21

    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 Κρούσου, του Αρχοντα των Μυγών και του... Lost, διαψεύδοντας τον Philip Roth που θέλει τη σύγχρονη πραγματικότητα να έχει ξεπεράσει την ικανότητα ενός συγγραφέα να φαντάζεται.«Να φανείς δυνατός για χάρη της οικογένειας», συμβούλεψε τον νεαρό Εριχ ο πατέρας του, χαρίζοντάς του το παράσημο με τον Σιδηρούν Σταυρό του Φύρερ, λίγο προτού σκοτωθεί στο ρωσικό μέτωπο. Το σωματικό αλλά και το ψυχικό του σθένος πρέπει να επιστρατεύσει τόσο ο μικρός όσο και ο αδελφός του Ζέπι και η μητέρα τους Χέλγκα, στο ταξίδι τους από τη Γερμανία του 1946 προς τη Βενεζουέλα. Εκεί τους περιμένει μια νέα ζωή, στο πλευρό του Κλάους, αδελφού του πατέρα του Εριχ, που προσφέρεται να παντρευτεί τη μητέρα τους. Μετά τον βιαστικό γάμο, η οικογένεια επιβιβάζεται σε ένα αεροπλάνο που θα τους οδηγήσει στο καινούργιο τους σπίτι. Ομως δεν φτάνουν ποτέ. Το αεροπλάνο πέφτει σε καταιγίδα και συντρίβεται σε ένα ποτάμι καταμεσής της ζούγκλας.Μέσα στην ατυχία τους, είναι τυχεροί. Εις τριπλούν: πρώτον, επιζούν. Δεύτερον, εντοπίζονται από μια φυλή Ινδιάνων, τους Γιαγιόμι, που τους φέρνουν στο «σαμπόνο», το χωριό τους. Τρίτον, ανακαλύπτουν πως μαζί με τους ιθαγενείς ζει εδώ και πολλά χρόνια ένας γερμανός ανθρωπολόγος, ο Γκέρχαρντ Βέντσλερ. Εκείνος είναι που ενημερώνει την οικογένεια πως οι Γιαγιόμι θεωρούν ότι τα παράξενα λευκά πλάσματα με τα ξανθά μαλλιά είναι μαγικά ποταμίσια δελφίνια που έχουν πάρει ανθρώπινη μορφή. Εμπνέουν στους Ινδιάνους το δέος και έτσι αρχικά τους συμπεριφέρονται σαν σε επίτιμους καλεσμένους. Ωστόσο, όσο περισσότερο μένουν τόσο πιο περίπλοκη γίνεται η κατάστασή τους και τόσο περισσότερο στρέφονται προς τον Βέντσλερ για να κατασκευάσει ιστορίες που θα κρατήσουν τους Γιαγιόμι στην πλάνη τους.Ο Βέντσλερ δεν γνωρίζει τίποτα για το τι συνέβη στον κόσμο κατά την πολύχρονη απουσία του και ο Κλάους, πρώην γιατρός σε στρατόπεδα συγκέντρωσης, αναλαμβάνει να τον ενημερώσει: «Μίλησε στον καθηγητή για τον πόλεμο- για το πώς οι Εβραίοι, με λίγη βοήθεια από τους κομμουνιστές, τον είχαν ξεκινήσει και πως ο Φύρερ είχε προσπαθήσει να απαλλάξει διά παντός την Ευρώπη από τη δηλητηριώδη κηλίδα τους, μόνο και μόνο για να τον σταματήσει η αμερικανική παρέμβαση» (σελ. 87).Με τον πολύτιμο Σιδηρούν Σταυρό και τις εμπειρίες του στη χιτλερική Νεολαία, ο Εριχ θεωρούσε τον θείο του ήρωα, μη αμφισβητώντας τη δική του εκδοχή των γεγονότων. Ωστόσο, στο νέο περιβάλλον, η προοπτική του αντίληψη σταδιακά αλλάζει. Εξαιρετικά ευπροσάρμοστος, ο νεαρός μεταμορφώνεται σταδιακά σε ιθαγενή. Πετά τα ρούχα του, μαθαίνει να κυνηγά με φυσοκάλαμο και ακόντιο, δοκιμάζει το παραισθησιογόνο ναρκωτικό γιόπο, παντρεύεται και δοκιμάζει τον κανιβαλισμό. Η υπόλοιπη οικογένεια όμως δεν φαίνεται να προσαρμόζεται το ίδιο καλά. Και ο «ήρωας» Κλάους αποδεικνύεται όλο και λιγότερο αξιόπιστος.Το βιβλίο αρχίζει σαν μια ιστορία ενηλικίωσης. Ο Κρολ βάζει τον 16χρονο Εριχ να αφηγείται τα γεγονότα. Στην αρχή το ύφος του είναι εσκεμμένα απλοϊκό και παιδικό, ταιριαστό του εφήβου. Στη συνέχεια όμως, όταν οι Γερμανοί συμβιώνουν με τους Γιαγιόμι, αρχίζουν να γνωρίζουν περισσότερο ο ένας τον άλλον, και τον ίδιο τους τον εαυτό, ζώντας ανάμεσα σε δύο κόσμους: έναν «πρωτόγονο» και έναν «πολιτισμένο».Ομως τι είναι πρωτόγονο και τι όχι; Είναι ο πολιτισμός μας απλά μια μάσκα ή πρέπει πράγματι να νιώθουμε υπερήφανοι για κάτι; Η απάντηση και στους «Δελφινανθρώπους» , όπως και στο Ο άρχοντας των μυγών του William Golding είναι ένα ηχηρό «όχι». Κάτω από την επιφάνεια είμαστε όλοι κτήνη που περιμένουν να δείξουν τον πραγματικό τους εαυτό όταν βρεθούν στις κατάλληλες συνθήκες.Οσο ο Ερικ αποβάλλει τη ναζιστική κληρονομιά του και γίνεται από νεαρός άρειος, ιθαγενής του Αμαζονίου, τόσο η πρόζα του Κρολ ωριμάζει και παρουσιάζει όλο της το βάθος. Φροϋδικά σενάρια ξεδιπλώνονται μπροστά στα μάτια μας και εκεί που περιμένει κανείς τους πρωτόγονους να φανούν άγριοι, η αγριότητα των πολιτισμένων αποδεικνύεται πολύ πιο σοκαριστική. «Οι Δελφινάνθρωποι» αρχίζουν ως γρήγορη περιπέτεια για να αποδειχθούν μια πανέξυπνη και εφιαλτική παραβολή για την εποχή μας. Θα υπάρξει, άραγε, χάπι εντ;Η περίπτωση του Τόρστεν Κρολ είναι ιδιάζουσα. Ελάχιστα είναι γνωστά για εκείνον. Οι εκδότες του υποστηρίζουν πως είναι Αυστραλός, από το Κουίνσλαντ. Εγινε διάσημος από το βιβλίο του Callisto (Εκδ. Βell 2008), που θεωρείται κορυφαία σάτιρα της πατριωτικής παράνοιας των Αμερικανών μετά τις τρομοκρατικές επιθέσεις της 11ης Σεπτεμβρίου. Παρά το γεγονός ότι γνώρισαν αργότερα εκδοτική επιτυχία, «Οι Δελφινάνθρωποι» είναι στην πραγματικότητα το πρώτο του βιβλίο, που ωστόσο ίσως να έχει περισσότερα να πει για τη σύγχρονη αμερικανική κοινωνία και τον τρόπο που υποτιμά τους «άλλους». Δεν είναι τυχαίο που έγιναν μπεστ σέλερ στις ΗΠΑ.Πολύς λόγος, πάντως, γίνεται στα μέσα ενημέρωσης για την ταυτότητα του Κρολ. Το ίδιο το παράξενο όνομά του θυμίζει αναγραμματισμό. Το ύφος του κειμένου του είναι απροσδιόριστα γνώριμο. Και δεν είναι λίγοι εκείνοι που αναρωτιούνται μήπως πίσω από το «ψευδώνυμο» Τόρστεν Κρολ κρύβεται ένας γνωστότερος συγγραφέας. Οι ντετέκτιβ του Ιντερνετ «δείχνουν» τον Stephen King, επισημαίνοντας διάφορα «ίχνη» που εντόπισαν. Δεν είναι η πρώτη φορά, άλλωστε, που ο Κινγκ χρησιμοποιεί alter ego για να εκδώσει βιβλίο, ενώ «krol» στα πολωνικά σημαίνει «βασιλιάς» («king» στα αγγλικά). Η αποκάλυψη αναμένεται με ιδιαίτερο ενδιαφέρον.(To κείμενο δημοσιεύτηκε στο «Βιβλιοδρόμιο» της εφημερίδας ΤΑ ΝΕΑ στις 17 Ιουλίου 2010)

  • Lee
    2019-04-18 03:12

    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 content since to say anything would give too much away. Let's just say it's constantly surprising and horrific and wonderfully engineered and executed. A sure-fire cure for cabin fever this winter.

  • eb
    2019-04-06 01:18

    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 after a day at the beach.

  • Jeannie Mancini
    2019-04-07 02:06

    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 promise you. Shortly after the end of WWII, Erich Linden, a 16 year old German boy is enroute to Venezuela with his mother, brother and new stepfather. After his father died in the war, his uncle Klaus offered to marry his mother and move the family to his home in Venezuela where he owned a successful business. While traveling, their airplane crashes into the ocean and all miraculously swim to safety. 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. They are told that rescue is slim, and getting out of the jungle alive due to weather, violent natives and no boat to take them away, was impossible. Their only choice was to begin living with the Yayomi until circumstances changed. The Yayomi don’t know what to make of these white people that emerged from the river, and call them the Dolphin People. From their historical legend it is said that there were dolphins that transformed themselves into people and were to be revered as gods. Playing along with this charade seemed logical as to not anger them and cause a dangerous life threatening situation. 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. Each member of this family has skeletons in their closets and inner demons waiting to burst free, and here in their jungle prison, all hell breaks loose! Frightening, horrible events breathe evil into Krol’s writing, allowing the reader to perch on the edge of their seats as scenario’s of love, hate, racial injustice and gender issues bring thought provoking passages for the reader to ponder on. There are tender moments between two brothers struggling to adjust in a world foreign, insanity for a mother who can’t cope, bitter rivalry between two men of science and intellect, and an introduction to the world of the Amazon jungle, all wrapped up in tense and emotional scenes that keep those pages flying. Intense, this is a very very intense book. One minute heartwarming and touching as two races from two countries entwine, the next minute you will find yourself cringing in horror as you struggle to breathe and attempt to turn the next page in fear. Standing ovation for this unusual novel. I loved it!

  • Trisha
    2019-04-02 20:54

    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 family is on their way to Venezuela, and their plane crashes in a river tributary in the middle of the Amazon. Then an indigenous tribe finds them, mistakes them for dolphins who have taken the form of people, and take the family of “dolphins” back to live as guests in the tribe’s village (it’s actually just a giant house made of dirt with hammocks). A series of disturbing events follow: the family drinks a dead person’s 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). Now, I’m not going to lie to you and say that this one isn’t a page-turner; I finished it in two days. I’m 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; I’m just trying to make a point here). If you do decide to pick it up, at least you’ll know one person who won’t judge you.

  • Donna
    2019-04-16 19:56

    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 met another German who was an anthropologist who was living amongst them for eleven years. He became the translator and help them create "lie" to explain their behaviors and such.The story goes on just on how they tried to be one of the Indians and it was a very interesting story and very convincing. I love Anthropology so much so that I got my BA in it! I really do enjoy reading about Indians (more of the Maya but I can settle for others too). 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! I just had to get it all down so I can sort through it. Just like the Archivist in me!

  • John Gurney
    2019-04-14 02:17

    Credit Torsten Krol with ambition: a transplanted post-war German family crashlands in the Venezuelan Amazon 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 as piranha do not attack healthy humans. Another problem was the teenage son, who came of age in Hitlerian Germany and was forced into the Hitler Youth. Yet, he is naive of Nazism when he meets the Megele-character. Being one who read much WWII history, it was unbelievable. The interaction of 1940's Germans with a prehistoric tribe is tricky to imagine, but it didn't quite work, either.The fault of the piranha urban legend, the casual naivety of Nazism, the Mengele character, the many coincidences - including happening upon another German speaker embedded with the otherwise isolated tribe - took me out of the story. Novels depend on the temporary suspension of disbelief and Dolphin People kept offering "what?" and "huh?" moments that broke the fiction.

  • Victoria
    2019-04-01 03:52

    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 wedding over, the family prepare to fly on to their new home. But the plane crashes, leaving them stranded in the jungle where they are rescued by a remote tribe who believe they are sacred dolphins in disguise. At this point, all ties to realism are severed and the real fun begins as the family plan their escape. The Dolphin People is what would happen if the TV series Lost met Life Of Pi; a postmodern, grown-up Boy's Own tale –involving genocide, insanity, hermaphrodites and penis-dwelling fish – in which terrible secrets are revealed and tragedy follows closely behind. The clash of tribal culture and supposed civilisation adds to the novel's moral depth, while the author's delight in the grotesque and the bizarre enhances further still this most superior adventure novel. First published in Metro, Aug 14, 2008 - http://www.metro.co.uk/metrolife/book...

  • Daphne
    2019-04-07 03:12

    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 that ha has with his family, Awomay, and the native people are often very subjective to the impact of others, and at times, funny yet poignant.I would think that this book actually shows the progress in Erich's life, as he is being forced to take on more unusual responsibilities, and make a name for himself in an entirely foreign forested world that he stumbles upon.A very enjoyable book and recommended for all! :)

  • Mike Iovinelli
    2019-04-09 00:16

    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 or what a resolution would could or can be. Great cast of characters: post-war Germans, "a violent and superstitious Stone Age tribe" and an Antropologist. What more can one ask for? Read it!

  • Steven
    2019-04-12 04:11

    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 think and examine ideas which one may never have considered, and this book does just that.I don't want to say anymore because people should read this without any prior expectations.

  • nikos
    2019-03-27 19:52

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

  • Bill
    2019-04-18 20:16

    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 Amazon jungle after their plane goes down in a storm. The narrator, young Erich, tells their twisted story very well. He and his mother, younger brother "Zeppi", and uncle/stepfather Klaus are wondering how they will survive and find their way to the Orinoco River when they are discovered by a tribe of Amazonian aboriginals. Based on a dream one of the tribesmen has recently had that predicted where a where a small group of white people would appear, they are assumed to be "dolphin people," dolphins who have been magically transformed into humans, and are treated with great deference. Upon arrival in the tribe's settlement, they discover another German expatriate, an anthropologist who has been with the tribe for 11 years collecting information for a book he plans to publish when he returns to his home. The remainder of the story documents the transformations of each member of the party as they adapt to life in the jungle in the midst of a totally foreign culture, as well as their attempts to plan their escape. There are many surprises and revelations about various characters which I will not spoil. Parts of this story are frankly hilarious, and parts are absolutely gruesome, but maintained throughout is an atmosphere of dark humor that continuously drives home its brilliant message about loyalty, family values, relative reality and simply moral versus immoral behavior.

  • Marleah
    2019-04-22 22:01

    "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 Amazon, where they are welcomed by members of the Yayomi tribe, who believe the Brandts are dolphins in human form, as prophesied by a tribesman's dreams."The cover of this book is what first caught my eye, and then the plot sounded intriguing as well. One review describes it as a cross between the TV show LOST and "Life of Pi," which I loved. Erich, the teenage narrator, has an engaging voice that convinces you of the outrageousness of the events in the story. I'm less than 100 pages into it, but I'm hooked.---Update: Ok, I really enjoyed this book. It can be pretty dark in places (you are dealing with obscure medical conditions, piranhas, morphine addiction, and a former SS officer, after all), but it was really good. I like that it is Erich's coming-of-age story as well, and you get to see these things from a youthful, open perspective. Throughout the book, he reconciles his feelings about the death of his father, his attitude toward his mother, and his thoughts about Nazi Germany and the war. Very good!

  • Kayse
    2019-04-11 01:57

    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 Amazon and finds themselves taken in by an Amazonian 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 what's going to happen. What really keeps you reading throughout the story is finding out exactly when and how these things will happen.I don't want to write much more about the story for fear of giving too much away. I will note that it's definitely an exciting read and a good twist on an adventure book. Once you get started, its hard to put down and ends up being pretty quick. There's a lot of pretty heavy issues that it deals with, like culture, racism, sexuality, drugs, religion . . . you name it, its probably in there. Its not enough to really evoke a lot of personal reflection, but definitely enough give you a bit of a shock. I would warn anyone that is squeamish against this book, but I'd definitely recommend it to anyone who's looking for something a little different.

  • Wade Radlet
    2019-04-21 21:58

    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 family, and due to the color of their skin they are seen as dolphins in human form, from an ancient tribal prophesy. As problems begin to arise the family is faced with very little choices; blend in and live like the tribe, escape, or die trying. I really enjoyed reading this book because of how action packed it is. Reading the book is like watching a very exciting movie and never stops surprising you with major, unexpected plot twists. “Dolphin People” is an easy read that is great for a relaxed but engaging read. Another reason I really enjoyed reading this book is because of how well the author develops the characters. You learn bit by bits about each person with sudden, unbelievable twists about each person’s inner and outer selves.

  • Joshua
    2019-03-27 20:11

    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 then toughens up as the book goes on. The book has all kinds of pleasing elements to it. Reminded me some of The Mosquito Coast as I was reading it due to the surviving in the jungle elements. It also has raving Nazis, jungle survival, violence, sex, suspense, action, severe weather and the hope for escape. I'll be checking out Krol's Callisto soon. Very soon.

  • Melissa McCauley
    2019-03-24 20:57

    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 Amazonian tribe who believes them to be shape-shifting dolphins, thanks to the quick talking of a batty old anthropologist who has been living there over a decade. Many strange and awful things occur which cause the narrator Erich to realize all the Nazi propaganda he was taught is completely wrong.

  • Pamela
    2019-04-02 03:18

    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 his book Callisto.

  • eb
    2019-03-26 21:15

    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 after a day at the beach.

  • Kaitlin
    2019-03-30 23:10

    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.

  • Steven Drachman
    2019-04-11 00:14

    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!

  • Shelley
    2019-04-13 22:10

    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.

  • Intortetor
    2019-03-30 03:11

    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.

  • Jennifer
    2019-04-22 23:55

    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...

  • Paul Foutz
    2019-03-28 01:04

    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.

  • katie
    2019-03-25 23:02

    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.

  • Monica Nieto
    2019-04-23 00:12

    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.