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My Father's Island: A Galapagos Quest - Johanna Angemeyer

Viking, 1989, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Price Clipped. Leans slightly. A nice copy, uncommon as such.

Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Colour Photographs; Maps; Maps to the endpapers and blanks; Genealogical Tables;

From the cover: “In 1935 Hans Angermeyer and his four brothers escaped from Nazi Germany and sailed to the Galapagos Islands, 600 miles west of Ecuador. Surviving a shipwreck off the Cornish coast and incredible hardship, the Angermeyers began an extraordinary Robinson Crusoe existence surrounded by giant tortoises, tame birds and prehistoric iguanas.

When Hans met Russian-born Emmasha, the couple set out to make a life together on what truly seemed to be their portion of paradise. But Hitler’s war caught up with them, shattering their idyll and sending Emmasha back to the United States with three young children.

Johanna Angermeyer, the youngest daughter, always daydreamed about her father’s island but never expected to go to the Galapagos — until one day she saw her long-lost uncles on a TV adventure programme. Seeing her cousins, ‘children born in paradise, their toys are the wild animals’, and hearing about her people who ‘made their own shoes, delivered their own babies, built houses from lava blown from the bowels of the earth…’ left nine-year-old Johanna with a dream and a vow to return to the Enchanted Isles. With determination her family returned to South America, where the author began piecing together the story of her parents’ extraordinary marriage and her father’s tragic death. As a young girl she experienced the perils of island life — hunting goats, hauling water up steep cliffs — but also the pleasures: swimming naked with baby sea-lions, devouring wild oranges planted by pirates and stumbling across virgin clearings where no human had wandered before.

My Father’s Island tells a unique story in a vivid and highly readable way. Partly a mystery, partly an adventure story, it is also a moving, often amusing, account of the growth to maturity and awareness of the author and, finally, a celebration of one of the last great areas of natural beauty in the world.”

Size: 9½" x 6¼". Blue Spine Strip with Grey boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XIII] 303 pages.

This one has already found a new owner.