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Easter Island Paperback – June 1, 2004
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Top Customer Reviews
I only wish I'd been as captivated by the two main characters themselves, Elsa and Greer. Vanderbese works very hard in her prose to try to help us know who they are -- lots of careful psychological explanations for why they act and feel certain ways -- and yet they still don't quite feel like real, fleshed out people to me.
But this wouldn't keep me from recommending the book highly to anyone -- it's a transporting, cinematic, engrossing story, elegantly told.
The title of the book is what immediately pulled me in, but what unfolded between the pages was often less than remarkable. I really wanted to love this book with all of its rich history and impressive science, but the plot and characters seemed flat and uninspiring. The parallel stories with 60 years of separation between protagonists Elsa Beazley and Greer Faraday was a potentially interesting storytelling device that exposed some of the struggles of the women of their respective eras. But I felt the two stories were in conflict with one another being more of a distraction than a means of decoding some of the island's mysterious past. I almost felt like the two stories could have been expanded into two books rather than allowing character development to languish under a heap of heavy-handed fact finding within such a limited narrative space.
There were elements of the book that were compelling such as Greer Farraday's struggles with her identity. Her unfortunate PhD dissertation debacle shed light on the inequities of the sexes during the 60s and 70s and the illusions that often accompany a less than perfect marriage. Her arrival on Easter Island seemed like an opportunity for self redemption. But instead of capitalizing on the complexities of the human psyche, we are often sidelined by exhaustive (though authentic sounding) scientific jargon. I think the book would have been more emotionally riveting if we had been given more opportunity to connect with the Rapa Nui people, the visitors, and the culture surrounding the mysterious beauty of the island.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I like the way this book is written, beautifully worded, full of different schools of science. Many scientists working on papers and hurry to finish before others studying the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by josephine briggs
I read the book while on vacation on Easter Island, which added to my enjoyment of the book and the trip. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Sharon Gurwitz
Excellent book! Author did a wonderful job of research. Liked the story line. Learned a lot about Easter Island I had not known.Published 6 months ago by Ron Eilers
I have barely started on this book. I did think it was going to be a history of the island not a story book. But I will give it a tryPublished 12 months ago by Linda R Moore
A book I will keep and re-read, as the location of the story is a fascinating place. I loved it so much, I assigned it to two different book clubs. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Patricia R. Calvert
This the story of 2 women,one a bride of 21, who went to Easter Island in 1912 who became bewitched by the beauty of the island and an American botanist who arrived in 1972 and... Read morePublished 15 months ago by G.I.Forbes
Always fascinated to read about remote places, I liked this book and the weaving together of the lives of several people.Published 15 months ago by Carol Mitchell Lee