The Day of the Dolphin by Robert Merle

The Day of the Dolphin (Un animal doué de raison – lit. A Sentient Animal) is a 1967 science fiction thriller novel by French novelist Robert Merle. The plot concerns dolphins that are trained to communicate with humans, and their use in warfare. The central character is a government scientist with similar ideas to those of John C. Lilly.The English translation of the novel was published in 1969 with the title The Day of the Dolphin, which is not a literal translation of the French title. The novel was the basis for the 1973 film The Day of the Dolphin, though the film's plot was significantly different from that of the book, even in inconsequential details. For instance, in the book, the dolphins are named Ivan ("the terrible") and Bessie and call themselves Fa and Bi; in the film, they are instead named Alpha and Beta and call themselves Fa and Be.

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The Day of the Dolphin Paperback 11012454 $1.49
Day of the Dolphin by Robert Merle (1969-06-03) Paperback 11561837 $45.91 $7.27
Dolphin (A Day in the Life: Sea Animals) Paperback 1047233 $5.53 $4.88 2010
Baby Dolphin's First Day: (Level 1) (Amer Museum of Nat History Easy Readers) Paperback 1841393 $4.85 $0.10 2011
Dolphin Days: The Life and Times of the Spinner Dolphin Paperback 2515228 $17.36 $34.74 1991
Dolphin's First Day: The Story of a Bottlenose Dolphin (Smithsonian Oceanic Collection) Paperback 2684462 $19.52 $0.10 1997
2019 - 2020 Daily Planner: Dolphin Arch Cover | January 19 - December 19 | Writing Notebook | Diary Journal | Datebook Calendar Schedule | Plan Days, Set Goals & Get Stuff Done Paperback 2989784 $11.99 2018
Have A Great Day: Dolphin Design Notebook/Journal with 110 Lined Pages (8.5 x 11) (My Journal is Your Journal) (Volume 12) Paperback 3402830 $4.99 $869.56 2016
Flip the Dolphin Saves the Day Hardcover 3760088 $28.00 1984
Baby Dolphin's Busy Day - a Smithsonian Baby Animals Book (Baby Animals (Kingfisher)) Board book 3841983 $4.15 $1.99 2007
Daily Planner: 2019 - 2020 Yearly Planner | Ocean Dolphin Cover | January 19 - December 19 | Writing Notebook | Diary Journal | Datebook Calendar Schedule | Plan Days, Set Goals & Get Stuff Done Paperback 22314110 $16.99 2018
The Day of the Dolphin Mass Market Paperback 3797864 $2.69
The day of the dolphin; Hardcover 8775305 $11.40
Dolphin's First Day: The Story of a Bottlenose Dolphin - a Smithsonian Oceanic Collection Book Hardcover 902108 $9.75 $1.95 1997
Dolphin's First Day: The Story of a Bottlenose Dolphin - a Smithsonian Oceanic Collection Book (Mini book) Hardcover 2685803 $10.94 $0.99 1997
Baby Dolphin's First Day: (Level 1) (Amer Museum of Nat History Easy Readers) Hardcover 3284576 $61.73 $3.99 2011
Dolphin Days: The Life and Times of the Spinner Dolphin Hardcover 3298159 $18.18 $1.98 1991
Dolphin Days: The Life and Times of the Spinner Dolphin Paperback 8896256 $19.95 $2.33 1993
Flip the Dolphin Saves the Day Paperback 5339161 $12.95 $1.95
A Dolphin Daydream Paperback 1398663 $9.48 $16.07 2016
The Day of the Dolphin Mass Market Paperback 4799674 $82.12 $2.70 1977
The Day of the Dolphin by Robert Merle (1969-06-01) Hardcover 9048116 $80.47 $7.10
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The Day of the Dolphin Hardcover 399286 $49.39 $1.99 1969
Day of the Dolphin Paperback 2170725 $29.98 $2.07 1969