What a fascinating memoir! In 1932 Margaret Wittmer, her husband and son settle on the remote island of Floreana in the Galapagos chain, making their first homestead in an old pirate’s cave. They must literally start from scratch, with few supplies making their way to them from the mainland. In addition, there are only a few inhabitants as neighbors: a doctor and his wife, and a strange woman who claims to be a baroness who lives with her two lovers.
From Wittmer’s own dangerous and complicated childbirth experience, to murder, the loss of a loved one, World War II and visits from such prestigious persons as Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Wittmer’s memoir is packed with interesting stories and harrowing events. Definitely a worthwhile read.
4 stars (out of 5)
Published in 1961
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