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Floreana: A Woman's Pilgrimage to the Galapagos Paperback – Oct 29 2013
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From Publishers Weekly
Although the adventure detailed in this autobiography is extraordinary, the account itself is rendered less so by the author's emphasis on personalities over events, with a humorless determination to expose the flaws in others, and by her lack of introspection about her role as a pioneer/explorer. In 1932, when Wittmer (then pregnant), her husband, Heinz, and his son, Harry--Germans in search of an Edenesque environment--arrived on Floreana, a remote island in the Galapagos, they first dwelled in caves once inhabited by pirates, the "roads" were tracks made by wild donkeys and their only neighbors were a misanthropic back-to-nature theorist and his disciple. The Wittmers learned self-sufficiency by doing--and sometimes by doing again, as when wild bulls tore up crops or they discovered they were thatching their roof the wrong way and it was not watertight. Soon an eccentric baroness mysteriously appears, proclaims herself the island's "empress" and just as mysteriously disappears, leaving a shooting in her wake. President Roosevelt even came to visit them (although they missed him), and they entertained Thor Heyerdahl's archeological expedition. Wittmer still resides on the island she settled.
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About the Author
Margret Wittmer, daughter of Johannes Walbroel, a goldsmith, and Eva Leuchtenberg was born in Cologne on July 12, 1904. Margret, her husband, and her stepson moved to Floreana in 1932. She gave birth to a son and a daughter while living on the island. She returned to Germany on two occasions: the first in 1935, the second in 1960 to present her book Postlagernd Floreana (Floreana in English). Margret died in 2000. She was 96 years old.
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