Item description for Silent People: Hearing the Call of the Dodder by Yvonne Jerrold...
"A haunting tale which echoes in the mind long after the book has been put down." Judie Newman, Fellow of the English Association.
Silent People: Hearing the Call of the Dodder is about keeping secrets and seeing things that others cannot see, and about the gulf that exists between people who interpret the same facts in very different ways. It is about the silent people who inhabit this gulf, this no-man's-land, this space between worlds.
The elusive river boy of this story is one of the dodder people, a hidden race that lives secretly among us.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.5" Width: 5.59" Height: 1.1" Weight: 0.97 lbs.
Release Date Apr 30, 2006
Publisher Troubador Publishing
ISBN 1905237707 ISBN13 9781905237708
Reviews - What do customers think about Silent People: Hearing the Call of the Dodder?
an intricate tale Oct 28, 2006
Have you ever felt that you just didn't fit in? Do you know people who refrain from joining in conversation and would rather stay on the outskirts of existence? Perhaps another world of possibilities exists. In Yvonne Jerrold's novel, "Silent People: Hearing the Call of the Dodder," readers will be opened up to another world, another race.
When Hebe was a child she spent summers with her maternal Grandmother, Poppy, and every moment possible playing with The River Boy. The River Boy told Hebe the secrets of his world, his people. The Dodders are people of the woods, protectors of nature, and an ancient race. They have gifts, such as being able to camouflage themselves with their surroundings. Their lands are being stolen and so their numbers grow fewer. Through interbreeding with monkeymen - our race of humans- hybrids are born. Hybrids are not accepted by the Dodders and are outcast. They live among us and tend to keep to themselves, ever quiet.
Hebe is drawn to Dodders Well, the place where her grandmother's cottage still stands, her grandmother still taking care of young ones. Hebe has tried to make it in the world of colleges and jobs, losing her illustration position at a botanical garden due to an encroaching world of computer graphics. She feels a need to return "home" and help to protect the natural world of plants, trees and Dodders. Even her duty to help her scientist father, by illustrating the flowers and plants of Dodders Well, is impossible to complete as she finds herself subconsciously unable to finish even one drawing. Will Hebe find her place in the world? Will she answer the call of the Dodder?
Yvonne Jerrold has woven an intricate tale spoken in first person, through the eyes of Hebe. As she figures her way in the world the reader figures the plot of the story. It is a vivid experience, to read this book. How ones sees the world is a key theme, for we all have our own views and as such we may be blessed to witness more than others, or blessed to see less. Jerrold's talent is in portraying the confusion of a character trying to find her way. This is a haunting tale that will compel readers to try to see the world from other viewpoints. Well done! Review by Heather Froeschl.
Reality or imagination? You decide. Oct 14, 2006
Reviewed by Paige Lovitt for Reader Views (9/06)
The Dodder people, also known as the Silent People, are a dying race. Their forests are being destroyed. This ancient race of people is close to the plant world, having been produced from seeds. As masters of illusions and disguise, The Dodders have survived as long as they have because of an amazing ability to adapt to changing environments. Their gift of invisibility allows them to blend in with their surroundings.
These people are mixing their genes with the monkey men - us. The monkey men are seen as a race addicted to being in control and to pursuing knowledge. The resulting "hybrids" are half human - half creature and don't really fit in anywhere. Because the genes of monkey men are more dominant, the hybrids take on more of their characteristics. When the Silent People interbreed they lose their special gifts and become banished from the lands. Usually they remain quiet about their backgrounds because when they share that information with others, they are often characterized as crazy, or even schizophrenic, and not believed.
When I read this story, I thought, "what if?" What if the people that we think of as crazy really are Silent People? Wouldn't that make life more interesting? The story also deals with questions about how people view the world in different ways. These questions add richness to the story.
The main character, Hebe, is one of those people who never really quite fit in anywhere. She is happiest when she is living by Dodder's Well where she reflects on her special memories from childhood of Silas, who was called a "wild dodder boy."
When people come to the area in an attempt to learn more about the place, Hebe becomes suspicious because she does not want the Dodder people exposed or their habitats destroyed. While reading a journal called, "Dodder's Well Nature Notes", Hebe learns more about this ancient race with their ties to the plant and finds herself more connected than ever to this race. As I read the book, I wondered how much of the story was supposed to be based on reality and how much of it was actually just taking place in Hebe's mind.
Yvonne Jerrold has written a beautiful story that makes you contemplate how reality is different for everyone because it is based on each person's own view of the world. In addition to the thought provoking ideas that arise in the story, Jerrold also has a gift of writing her descriptions in a way that brings her story to life. For example, she wrote, "...I became aware of an unnatural silence, as if the whole forest was holding its breath." Everything in her story is colorful and feels alive. "Silent People" is an unusual story that should not be missed.
The Dodder people-Are they real or are they fantasy? Jul 10, 2006
Genre: Fantasy/ Fiction
Title: Silent People: Hearing the Call of the Dodder
AUTHOR: Yvonne Jerrold
As a child, Hebe loved the forest and the forest creatures. Her childhood friend, the wild `dodder' boy was her constant companion. Although very different, they formed a close bond and wiled away the hours together. But fate intervened and Hebe left Dodder's Well and her wild and mysterious friend. Years later she returns and attempts to find him and regain that feeling of belonging that was always missing in her life.
A hidden race of people, the Dodders are born from seed and live close to nature all of their lives. They have no need for material things, egotistical successes or interaction with humans. Are they real or simply a product of a lonely child's imagination? Can Hebe ever really fit in? Is she perhaps one of the Dodder people herself? You will have to read Silent People for answers to these questions and find a fascinating world of imagination, fantasy and wonder. This book leaves the reader pondering many possibilities that lay beneath the conscious mind.
Author, Yvonne Jerrold was born in the US but educated in Dublin and Cambridge. She continues to live in England where she is planting a small woodland of native trees. A true lover of nature her knowledge of horticulture shines in this novel.
A lovely, easy read for a sunny afternoon. Reviewer: Shirley Roe, Allbooks Reviews.