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.
5つ星のうち5.0I've never written a book review and I don't read love stories. This book is so different that I ...
Two firsts for me. I've never written a book review and I don't read love stories. This book is so different that I had to change. I won't summarise it like so many reviewers do - read it for yourself! It might just change the way you think about your family, friends, mankind and the planet. It's a story of love, dedication, perseverance, cooperation, triumph over adversity and devotion which puts us mere humans to shame. I finished it with tears in my eyes, not something that comes readily to a 65 year old man, but also with something close to spiritual peace.
I've just finished reading this and am still feeling a bit stunned. It's difficult to know how to describe this story. It is certainly beautiful, heartwarming, uplifting - and shocking. It has enhanced my appreciation for the natural world around me. This is a well written, beautifully crafted and thought provoking story.
Tui Allen has written a deeply moving story. I was unsure at first, but suspension of disbelief came very quickly. The descriptions are poetical and I shall be reading it a second (and probably 3rd and 4th time) just to fully appreciate the power of Tui's lyrical use of language. There are many passages that deserve to be savoured like a fine wine.
The various themes are woven effortlessly into a glowing tapestry. The love story grows around music, astronomy and mathematics, family love and support, the harsher realities of life, and the striving towards perfection.
This beautiful tale allowed me to live with the dolphins in their world, a world that extends from the deeps of our planet's oceans out into our galaxy and beyond. In their world the power of mind and spirit truly can achieve wonders, and we humans have a great deal to do if we are to catch up. This story is inspirational, and also a warning, shining a very harsh spotlight on human failings. I shall be recommending it to everyone I know. Bravo Tui!
A wonderful book. It goes straight into my favourite book shelf and will surely be read again in years to come. I tend to race through really good books, being unable to put them down. So it is on a 2nd read that I take more time and savour the details.
I love dolphins and whales anyhow so a story based on either is worth a look as far as I am concerned. Ripple is so much more, it contains so many wonderful characters that are now part of my extended family. It opens the mind to so many different concepts and ways of looking at a world through different eyes.
I look forward to reading any future books by Tui Allen.
5つ星のうち5.0An excellent book on dolphin written by friend Tui Allen of ...
Ripple :An excellent book on dolphin written by friend Tui Allen of Newzealand. She had been in the deep sea for years and knows them well. A great book to enter a different world. Must read by all nature loving people.
5つ星のうち5.0A Beautifully Told Story of the Here and the Hereafter, from 20 million years ago
"There are no boys in the school who can touch him for physical speed and skill. But he has been shocked to discover there's a girl who can outpace him and she's no older than he." "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
5つ星のうち5.0This Slim Volume is A Life Changing, World Changing Book
I truly doubt if I can do this book justice in a review. It is simply amazing. I have not ever read a book that so enchanted me. Is it an Adventure Story? Philosophy? Love Story? Spiritual Quest? Comedy? Suspense? Mystery? Metaphysical? A fable? It simply defies categorization. It is a beautiful, exciting story perfect for our time and for all ages. As a very well read, well educated person of 61 years I could not put it down. But it would be a wonderful book to read as a family, to a classroom, for a book club, or shared between a parent/grandparent and a child. For younger than fifth grade, you might leave out some of the more intense shark moments.This book can spark discussions and ideas and I believe it has the potential to change hearts, minds, spirits and even the world. Ripple is a unique dolphin trying to find her gift, what makes her special, her purpose. Through some of the most exciting adventures, heartbreaking scenes, tender romance, and soul stirring devotion you will ever read, Ripple just might reignite your passion for life and longing to make the world a better place just because you lived. Ripple could inspire conversations about the "hard topics" or just be enjoyed as a story. Lyrical language, a story line that just won't quit, true love, family devotion, true friendship, community, and the power of hope to change the world are just a few of the gifts you will receive when you read Ripple.....Please do. It's truly never too late to become who you want to be.
Tui Allen's delightful "Ripple" will move your heart, mind and soul with a story that will immerse you deep within a Cosmic sea of wonder. It is a tale with a theme older than the known Cosmos and yet as fresh, new and full of life as a newborn from any species that ever lived or shall live across the ocean of space. This engaging and inspiring story by a truly gifted author will stimulate all your senses as it awakens the stellar elements deep within your mind, body and soul. Enhancing this wonderful novel is cover art created by world class artist Joe Bergeron. The only thing that could possibly make this book better is for it to one day be turned into a fully illustrated story via a collaboration of the author, Tui Allen, and the artist, Joe Bergeron.
Rarely do I come upon a book that captures my very soul. Cast upon the world of dolphins and the sea, it echoes love , brutality,family solidarity, and the fictional beginnings of music in a world of the dolphin species. And it poses the possibility that we as humans have only scratched the surface in learning what the animal world could teach us.
I gave this book a five star rating because I just couldn't bring myself to give it a four. It was joyful at times, scary & deeply concerning at others. A fantastical work of love, family, community, joy, perseverance and music all set within the oceans of dolphins. Yes, there is a love story but there is also so much more...
Ripple provides us with a different perspective on dolphins, a far more worthy one than what one gets from the Draconian displays at SeaWorld. Though this is fiction, that doesn't mean it's not accurate. So ride along as Tui shares her tale and imagination. You may never look at dolphins the same way again!
I always thought about that New Zealand is surrounded by sea, so it must have many beautiful stories comes from it. Ripple is one of it. This is a wonderful and fantasy story about a dolphin called Ripple who had created music two million years ago. After I bought this book, then, I really hear the music from the book. I read it in NZ, then, I took it back to China, I carried with it thousands miles, enjoying and learning so many things that I did not know before. Thank the author Tui Allen.
Before I begin this review, I should point out that while my doctoral dissertation concerned dolphin mortality, and while I might find the dolphin's dual brain or two pods' cooperation with fishermen in Brazil and Mauritania fascinating, other than perhaps orca art, I don't have any great affinity nor enamor with any species of dolphin. Furthermore, I am not a great fan of anthropomorphization. So before I even picked up Ripple, I had already two strikes against it. But pick it up I did, and Ripple is, well, fantastic!
Ripple is the story of a prehistoric dolphin of the same name, roaming the primeval seas. Infused while still in the womb with a tired, worn-out spirit by an interfering deity, she is somewhat of an outcast, driven to find her place in the world, to discover the secret which gives her purpose in life. Ripple interacts with others of her pod, learning and growing in a world beset by predatory sharks, bad weather, and an evil, ravenous cephalopod. But there is also the joy of family, of belonging, of birth, and surfing.
Reading the short paragraph above, though, would not entice me to give the book a try. This book stands on the writing, the wordsmithing. It is a lyrical, well-crafted song, a poem in narrative.
The author has published children's fiction before, and that shows through in the clean, descriptive text. There is a little of Rabbit Hill in it, in the rhythm and pace, but I think there is more of Jonathan Livingston Seagull in concept and spirit. But with all due respect to those two books, Ripple transcends them both.
Most of the book is in the third-person subjective narrative mode from the point of view of several characters, Ripple being the primary protagonist. But to get some more omniscient information presented, part of the story is told by a deity, who along with a junior deity who imparted the spirit into Ripple, oversees and watches her progress. By providing a narrative voice via a first person viewpoint character, the information provided seems far more real and insightful.
As I wrote above, I have no great love nor affection for dolphins. No disdain, either, but I am not a delphinophile. However, I loved these dolphins, Ripple and Cosmos, a young male dolphin, in particular. I found myself actually getting stressed, my pulse rate climbing when Ripple was having problems getting her point across to the other dolphins. I was agitatedly asking myself how could they not understand her. I wanted to somehow will myself into the pages and make them see, make them understand. Needless to say, this was a pretty strong reaction for a middle-aged guy lying in bed with his Kindle, reading a book about a fictitious character. That the author was able to arouse my emotions like that is a testament to her skill.
The author has a vivid imagination. Dancing within the primary plot are fun, interesting, and engrossing threads which are being woven into a beautiful tapestry. While this is a fantasy, there is still enough biology to keep it running true. Dolphins ram sharks with their rostrums, they eat small squid, they surf waves for the seeming enjoyment of it, they rush to the surface to breath at the moment of birth, and they lift injured or sick dolphins to the surface so they can breathe. The dolphins in the story are in fact dolphins, not just people in dolphin skins.
I hate to sound too enthusiastic in praise in my reviews, but in this case, Ripple deserves all accolades. It is one of the best books I have read in a long, long time, and it may have vaulted into my all-time Top Ten list. If anyone gives the slightest value to my opinions, I ask you to take this book and absorb it, treasure it, make it part of you. And if any editor for a publishing house happens to pass by my little review, for goodness sake, grab this and get it out on the wider market. This book deserves a huge readership.
I read a lot, and I enjoy the written word. I almost didn't download Ripple, but I thank my lucky stars that I did. Thank you, Tui Allen.