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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Moyer Bell and its subsidiaries; 1 edition (Oct. 29 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 155921399X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1559213998
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.8 x 21.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #344,472 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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Malgrés une écriture un peu lourde, ce récit, vécu par cette famille allemande est palpitant. Après avoir visité les Iles Galapagos, et particulièrement l'Ile de Floreana, la lecture de ce livre nous plonge dans l'atmosphère du milieu du sciècle dernier. L'auteure, Mme Wittmer, a passé sa vie sur l'île isolée de Floreana et a vécu les faits historiques qui ont amenés aux légendes et mystères qui entourent cette île. Je m'attendais à un récit d'un journal quotidien, mais elle a su transformer des simples aventures en suspence qui nous fait rapidement passer les chapitres les uns après les autres. Cependant, n'attendez pas d'avoir des réponses aux évènements tragiques qui sont survenus sur l'île. Mme Wittmer, qui est décédée il y a quelques année, ne révèle pas tout dans son livre; elle a emporté avec elle une partie de la vérité sur ce qui est arrivé à la Baronnesse de Floreana et aux décès de monsieur Ritter. Tout les guides de voyage sur les Galapagos nous parlent de la Baronnesse de Floreana et du premier colon moderne, M. Ritter, mais seul la lecture du livre de Madame Wittmer, qui est arrivée sur l'île avant M. Ritter mais après la baronnesse, peut nous plonger dans l'atmosphère de la vie de colon au Galapagos.

Pierre Laporte
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I'm so glad Margret Wittmer wrote of her experiences on Floreana. I really enjoyed reading about her and her husband building a family and a farm on this Galapagos Island. It was so unique and interesting that I believe her story will stay with me for a long time.
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I had returned from a trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos and was eager to learn more off the history off these unique islands. FLORENA is a must read if you have or will be visiting the Islands. Very much enjoyed!
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