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“Quite the most extraordinary story I have ever read.” -- Evening Standard --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The bizarre truths of a 1930s so called ?idyllic? community. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 223 pages
  • Publisher: Random House; 1st edition (1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394533275
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394533278
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #999,557 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A. Woodley on July 19, 2001
Format: Misc. Supplies
This is one book that needs, desparately, to be reprinted. It is the most amazing story and quite ably presented by the author. It is the true story of the inhabitants of Floreana, or Charles Island as it was also known in the late 1920's early 1930's. This tiny little island in the Galapagos group, off the coast of Equador was home to a small community of idealists who shifted there to start a new life - and it also became the centre of an odd and unsolved mystery.
The start of the book was not entirely satisfactory. If I hadn't been encouraged to continue then I might not have persisted in reading it. The book centres around two German idealists (Dore and Frecerich), who escape from unhappy marriages and make an 'ideal' home on the island where they can live close to the earth and philosophise. Later another German couple and their child (the Wittmers) settle in another part of Floreana. This first half of the book which is their life is interesting but not compelling. It is when the Baroness, a sort of mystic with Imperial intentions, settles on the island with her small entourage of devoted male followers, that things get interesting. From about half way through the book you can see that things on the island are deteriorating towards some kind of disaster. The Baroness seems to be deliberately provoking the others. Food is being stolen, mail tampered with and the Baroness's imperial intentions start to overwhelm them all.
The relationships on the island and the final mystery are unravelled by Traherne through thorough reading of books and resources from the various characters involved or who had visited the island.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Marian Powell on December 27, 2001
Format: Hardcover
No fiction writer would dare to invent such a story. It's too implausible for a reader of mysteries to believe. However, it's a true story about several odd groups of people who went to live on an island. The story sweeps you along, building to a still unsolved murder or murders. Part of the fun is coming up with your own explanation for what happened. Someone was lying, but who? It's also interesting to find out who of the settlers actually stayed and founded a colony more or less by accident. All in all, a good book to curl up with on a cold winter night by the fire.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 23, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This has become my favorite book.I have been fascinated by the Galapagos Islands since I was a little girl, now I'm totally intrigued. I want to thank J. Treherne for bringing to life such a wierd story, truth is stranger than fiction! I pass the book around to all my friends and everyone has a different theory about the strange events. Wonderful!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By PBMAC on January 8, 2013
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Just came back from the Galapagos Islands so it was very interesting knowing the places mentioned in the book. I wish I had read it before going. It is an intriguing and true story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By PamDavis on January 27, 2012
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We were going to the Galapagos and wanted the dirt on this murder. It was a great book demanding my attention during the entire book. It does not tell you who actually did it. When we visited the island it comes alive because of this book.
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