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A Grave for a Dolphin (1956)

by Alberto Denti di Pirajno

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"Africa taught me the shallowness of the saying that mankind is everywhere the same"
By sally tarbox on November 14, 2017
Format: Hardcover
Magical account by Italian doctor and administrator who served in Eritrea. Takes you back to a different world; the wildlife, the scenery, the superstitious locals. Folktales heard from a storyteller interweave with strange things seen by the author and his friends - the water gypsy girl who rode a dolphin; the Catholic priest who, like Francis of Assisi could communicate with animals; the bird who accompanied a condemned prisoner to his death.
Beautifully written narrative. With b/w photos. ( )
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"...the miraculous accounts of travellers, their description of sea and land monsters, their relation of wonderful adventures, strange men and uncouth manners." -- DAVID HUME: Essay on Miracles
To Elizabeth Boothman Taylor in memoriam
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One Sunday morning, many years ago, while we were spending our summer holidays on the hills marking the boundary between Germany and Austria i went with my mother to a toy factory near Strasskirchen where she had been invited to attend a ceremony in honour of the Spielzeugfabrik's oldest and most zealous worker who was to receive a reward for his fifty years of service.
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The material for this book came from the writer's experience as a doctor and administrator in Italy's former African colonies. Children, animals and magic are the main themes. There is the story of Shambowa, who sported with sharks and was loved by a dolphin; of the Prior of Barentu who could talk to the wart-hogs; of the Father of the Crocodiles; of Hassib, the boy who was driven to distraction by La Reine des Tom-Toms; of the parrot who got drunk... The Duke wrote this book, not in his native Italian but in English: a gesture to celebrate his pleasure at revisiting this country, last year, for the first time since 1939.
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