- 出版社: Tuiscope (2011年11月14日)
- 平装: 182页
- 语种： 英语
- ISBN: 0473198738
- 条形码: 9780473198732
- 商品尺寸: 15.2 x 1 x 22.9 cm
- 商品重量: 249 g
- ASIN: 0473198738
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Ripple: A Dolphin Love Story (英语) 平装 – 2011年11月14日
Tui Allen now lives inland, in the Waikato of New-Zealand, which is the ideal location for the cycling and country walking she enjoys these days. But Tui grew up in an Auckland sailing family and her first marital home was a small wooden yacht, the classic H28 design Patricia. In her early married life, she sailed the South-Pacific in Patricia with her husband Bill Simpson and came face to face with many cetaceans who inspired the story of Ripple. Tui has worked as a primary schoolteacher and a web designer. Her previous published work consists of stories, picture books and poetry for younger children, articles for newspapers and magazines, mainly on sports topics and of course many web sites. Tui is very motivated about conservation issues particularly marine conservation. Ripple is her first novel.
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"Who is this female wonder athlete?"
"She's your daughter, Ripple,whose sanity has often been questioned."
Rigel gaped, spluttering slightly. He was speechless for a long moment and then he began to laugh. His laughter grew until it infected Delph and they laughed until the sea around them quaked." (p.118)
After the first reading of Tui Allen's "Ripple," one might consider in grateful, amazed contemplation the Here and the Hereafter, or complex loving relationships, or dolphin communities, or the urgency of environmental protection, or or or. Father Clement and Sister Sterne, forgive me. "Please," I thought, "when you sentence me again to life, let Pearl be my mother." Later thoughts can be more worthy of "Ripple," but this book can sink deep in one's mind and heart from which many, many other thoughts arise.
The Story: A weary ancient soul's aura is almost extinguished. Yet Sister Sterne feels in this spirit something unique, so remarkable, it could change the universes. Father Clement, feeling the soul's need for rest, objects. One last chance, they agree, but in the right, the best, situation. So in dolphin Pearl's womb, a baby dolphin begins who is born as Ripple, questing even before birth, for something she MUST discover.
. Far to the south, in another school, a boy dolphin is just two days old. His father and mother, attacked by a shark, thought-stream a call for help, giving their lives to delay the shark's attack on Cosmos long enough for the fighter dolphins to arrive. The fighters dispatch the predator and bring Cosmos back to the caring protective pod, a baby scarred early in mind and body.
The rest of this slim book (about 200 pages in 27 chapters) tell what happens as Pearl's child, the young Ripple, seeks what she has tried to discover over so many years and as Cosmo, too, struggles to learn who he is, where he is going.
Their story, also the story of the dolphins and their world, of the deities of the Divine Hierarchy, is told mostly through expertly written dialog and some narrative. Tui Allen creates characters of Dickensian individuality including the blue-ringed poisonous octopus, Erishkigal and the charming five-day memory octopod, Squelch. Her world is observed and described with the keenness of a profoundly knowledgeable naturalist, like a current-day John Muir who focuses on the waters of Azure. And great grand themes of learning, of the many forms of love, of the Hereafter, and of what the bl**dy blazes we are doing to the earth & waters are infused in every page.
ANY ALERTS? In many ways, none. Readers from 10 to 100 may be grateful to Allen (and illustrator Joe Bergeron) for "Ripples." Even those usually allergic to anthropomorphizing other life forms can read this book with much ease and understanding. Readers' groups might find in "Ripples" a provocative and yes, loved, take-off.
That said, however, the book might be stronger with a few changes or additions.
--the last pages (p 166-172) might be more of a helpful framework and a wee bit less of a "thump" if presented as a Prologue
--a page or so added introducing some of the names, a glossary, since many are resonant but perhaps unfamiliar---such as Eresh-kigal
--a page or so for additional reading. "Ripples" is clearly based on the author's observations and a lifetime of ocean knowledge. There are some other books accessible to the likely readership, however, on dolphin behavior, on octopods, and such.
Overall, five stars and a galaxy of thanks to Tui Allen