Inspiration for: Galapagos
This is a true story told from the perspective of a young girl about her family and how they became inhabitants of the Galapagos.
Most books about Galapagos will focus on the history of the islands themselves; most are overly scientific for the average reader.
This story is told from the perspective of a precocious young girl that reminds me of Scout from To Kill A Mockingbird:
It follows Johanna Angermeyer’s story of growing up in California with her mom and siblings. Her mom was a Russian that grew up in Germany who then joined relatives in the U.S. at the beginning of World War II. She meets and falls in love with a man from Ecuador and eventually moves there with him.
Tragedy strikes, but Johanna’s mom is able to find love again with a German man whose family also fled Germany and has established residence on Santa Cruz Island.
The story gives the flavor of Quito, the capital city of Ecuador, which is usually on the itinerary for a trip to Galapagos and what it was like for an American to try to acclimate there:
It also gives you a real flavor for the wildness that is Galapagos. It’s hard to imagine trying to eek out an existence there back in the 1940’s but people did it.
The ending is surprisingly poignant too. Makes you want to travel to the islands but makes you glad to know you’ll come home to electricity, running water, flushing toilets and microwaves.