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Hans Bengler, a young entomologist, leaves Sweden for the Kalahari Desert, determined to find a previously undiscovered insect to name after himself and advance his career. Instead, he finds a young boy, whose tribe has been decimated by European raiders.

Accustomed to collecting specimens, Bengler re-names the traumatised child Daniel and brings him home to Sweden, intending to 'civilise' him. But Daniel yearns desperately for the desert and his real family. His only consolation is his friendship with a vulnerable young girl who is also an outsider in the community, but even this bond is destined to be violently broken, as Daniel's isolation and increasing desperation lead to a chilling tragedy.

Publisher: New York :, Vintage Books
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9781407052847
Characteristics: text file,rda
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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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