The Galapagos Affair tells the story of a small community of idealists who shifted to these exotic Islands to start a new life.
It became the center of an odd and unsolved mystery. It is the true story of the inhabitants of Galapagos Floreana Island or Charles Island as it was also known in the late 1920's early 1930's.
This tiny little Island in the Galapagos Archipelago, 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador was home to a small community of idealists.
The Galapagos Affair centers around two German idealists (Dore and Frederich), who escape from unhappy marriages and make an ideal home on the Island where they can live close to the earth and philosophize.
Later another German couple and their child (the Wittmers) settle in another part of Floreana Island. This first half of the book which is their life is interesting.
It is when the Baroness, a sort of mystic with Imperial intentions, settles on the Island with her small entourage of devoted male followers, that things get interesting.
From about half way through the book you can see that things on the Island are deteriorating towards some kind of disaster. The Baroness seems to be deliberately provoking the others.
Food is being stolen, mail tampered with and the Baroness's imperial intentions start to overwhelm them all.
The relationships on the Island and the final mystery are unraveled by John Traherne (author of the book) thorough reading of books and resources from the various characters involved or who had visited the Island.
Treherne seems to have done a pretty good job in unraveling the tangle web of concealments about just what might have happened on this Galapagos Island during the drought in the summer of 1934 and it makes wonderful reading.
The Galapagos Affair sweeps you along, building to a still unsolved murder or murders. Part of the fun is coming up with your own explanation for what happened. Someone was lying, but who?
It's also interesting to find out who of the settlers actually stayed and founded a colony more or less by accident.
To even reveal the mystery would be to spoil the book as it becomes quite complex with other deaths involved as well.
This book is really worth reading as with all true stories, the truth is far stranger than fiction.
The Galapagos Affair gives you an opportunity to imagine the Global crisis of 1929, Nazi Germany, lots of pain and hatred everywhere but at the end, love make a miracle in real life again.
The Galapagos Islands are treasured by nature and unique fauna, it is at these Islands that you can find: hundreds of endemic species (both terrestrial and marine) coupled with spectacular landscapes and turquoise sea.
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