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.
With 250 photos and tons of great information, this is an essential addition to your pre-Ecuador and -Galapagos reading!
There are better guides if you are only interested in the islands, but for a combination trip taking in Ecuador as well, it's hard to beat.
Small enough to fit into your pocket, yet containing comprehensive information and pictures of all the species you will encounter in the islands, this book is a must-have for nature lovers.
Let's face it, Galapagos is largely about the wildlife. This book will NOT disappoint, and you'll have a great memento of your time with the seals, penguins and tortoises!
Definitely NOT a tourist's guide, but if you're like me, and find the history and geography of the islands irresistible, then this is a title you ought to invest in.
Stunningly illustrated, and painstakingly researched, those of you who have been there will be enchanted again -- and those of you who have not will begin planning your trip!
If you're a seasoned Galapagos regular, then you will probably prefer something weightier.
But for first-timers looking for simple, down-to-earth advice on where to go, what to see and the best shopping and eating on the islands, this is the book for you.
Small, well-priced, and reliable!
The 10th anniversary edition of this photographer's tour of the Galapagos Islands is a stunning book, worthy of anybody's coffee table.
This is a perfect post-trip talking point -- a great way to remember what you've seen, and spread the word amongst your envious friends!