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My Father's Island: A Galapagos Quest (Guinness world records little books) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. Mai 2003

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An engaging, if somewhat overwritten, autobiography that recounts a young gift's coming of age on the Galapagos Islands off the coast of Ecuador. Johanna Angermeyer's father, Hans, escaped from WW II Germany to the Galapagos Islands only to have his life reshattered by the war when Ecuadorean policy forced Johanna's Russian-American mother, Emma, to return to the US - where Hans, as a German national, was refused admission. Emma rejoined Hans briefly in 1947, during which time Johanna was conceived, but when Hans died a year later of TB it was alone and without ever having seen his youngest daughter. This entire period was never talked about during the author's childhood in California, and she grew up with both a vague sense that her destiny belonged elsewhere and a hunger to learn more about her "mysterious" father. Unfortunately, it is this latter "quest" that Angermeyer uses to create a backbone for her memoirs, although her own subsequent experiences on the exotic isles are much more affecting In 1961, her mother decided to move back to Ecuador with her family, to the joy of the then-14-year-old Johanna. Island life proved to be a continual struggle for survival - catching rainwater in a bucket, battling rats and impetigo - but Johanna simultaneously developed a profound love for the paradisiacal beauty and vitality of the Galapagos that she is uncannily adept at conveying. Her description of life on the island is told with an ingenuousness that is truly charming, and she never lets false dignity get in the way of a colorful recount. Angermeyer's real-life Swiss Family Robinson tale suffers from certain innocent faults - a soft narrative structure and awkward attempts at lyricism (such as "Mary and I nestled like amiable spoons in the bed," or "Twigs in the oven crackled irreverently") - but still should appeal to a wide range of readers. At its best, her description of life on the Galapagos during the 1960's can be intoxicating. (Kirkus Reviews) -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.


The true story of five brothers who flee Nazi Germany and settle on the Galapagos Islands. Shipwreck, wild stallions, daring pilots of the Andes, a half-mad hermit, a girl off the plains of Nebraska all form a mystery, a travel adventure, and a humorous and touching autobiography of a young woman's search for an impossibly romantic family history.

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His hens like his pancakes 11. August 2008
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Johanna Angermeyer writes wonderfully. There are amazing things in this book--her trek to get firewood (complete with fire ants), her swimming with sea lion pups, her turning down the slobbery pancakes, her deftly avoiding fony Franz from Frisco. I like the way she put it all together, mixing family accounts with her personal history and observations of LA, Ecuador and Galapagos, with her quest running through it like a vein.
Beautiful coming of age adventure 19. Februar 2014
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This an amazing story of self discovery and adventure in its own right. It's even more impactful if you have the opportunity to visit the Galapagos Islands and Quito, Ecuador where most of the book is set. I loved the way this book has a frontier survival vibe while also allowing Johanna's family history to slowly unfold the way you might expect in a Jane Austen novel. A beautiful story about some of the fascinating history of a wild and unique place.
Pioneers settle a unique and fascinating place 9. November 2013
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I have long been fascinated by the Galapagos Islands and this first hand account of people from Europe trying to settle there after the war really brings it to life. Lots about the unique plants and animals but also much about the pioneer life and struggles, the joys and hardships too. Very well written. I've been trying to determine if she wrote a sequel as I'd love to read it. I don't think so .....if anyone knows otherwise please post.
great book 2. Mai 2013
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The service was prompt and the book arrived in condition stated I had heard Johanna speak this past winter on a cruise ship and she was an excellent speaker and expect the book to be just as inspiring.
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