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In the 1870s, Hans Bengler arrives in Cape Town from Sweden, driven by a singular desire: to discover an insect no one has seen before and name it after himself. But then he impulsively adopts a young San orphan, a boy he christens Daniel and brings with him back to Sweden--a quite different specimen than he first contemplated. Daniel is told to call Bengler "Father," taught to knock on doors and bow, and continually struggles to understand this strange new land of mud and snow that surrounds and seemingly entraps him. At the same time, he is haunted by visions of his murdered parents calling him home to Africa. Knowing that the only way home is by sea, he decides he must learn to walk on water if he is ever to reclaim his true place in the world.
Publisher: New York : The New Press, 2010
ISBN: 9781595581938
Characteristics: 279 p. ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Murray, Steven T.


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Oct 04, 2016

I thought I was going to read an interesting story of a young lads' trials of growing up in a strange land, instead it's about a "pervert" playing with his self!!! NOT my idea of relaxing reading. This book should have came with a warning on the cover. Every time you turn around his hashis member in his hand!!! DISGUSTING!!!! I THINK THE AUTHOR IS A WEIRDO!!!!! UNLESS YOU LIKE TO READ ABOUT SOME FREAK JUMPING RANDOMLY INTO THE WOODS TO ADMIRE HID DRIPPING MEMBER (WHICH I DON"T!) DO NOT READ! AND THEN HE ADOPTS A CHILD??? I GUESS IT DON"T TAKE MUCH INSITE TO FIGURE THIS ONE OUT!!!

Jun 22, 2016

Enjoyed the descriptions of the narrator and his life in Africa but story did not take hold of my soul.

Dec 13, 2014

Quite different from anything else of Henkell's that I have read. Interesting scenario of "scientist" kidnapping a Hottentot and taking him to Europe fr various mixed motives.

tamaranjones Oct 05, 2011

So far a wonderful read

OPIE Mar 06, 2011

listened to this on cd's in the car & could not wait to get back in the car to find out more about Daniel - excellent choice & wondering what my book club will think of it [lucky to have stumbled upon this]

Jan 20, 2011

Obscure, hard to follow. Would not recommend.


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