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The Mystery of Easter Island (Mystic Traveller) Paperback – February 1, 1998
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The book is well written and fun to read. It includes lots of fine illustrations, including photos and drawings, depicting the most important sites. It is definately a must-read for visitors to the island, or just for anyone interested in Easter Island and its strange history.
I fancy the image of Katherine Routledge as a kind of female Indiana Jones. Certainly she was adventurous for a woman of the early part of the century; just getting to the island in a yacht ranks as a mildly swashbuckling achievement. There are also some references in the book that she had already been to East Africa, perhaps before the turn of the century, although I have been unable to find further information on this.
The book is written in a very folksy light manner that was typical of many 1919 publications. Katherine Routledge and her husband "decided to see the Pacific before we died, and asked the anthropological authorities at the Britsh Museum what work there remained to be done, the answer was, `Easter Island.'" So in 1910 this wealthy couple decides to mount an exhibition to Easter Island. The first step is to build a 90-foot custom designed yacht in which to make the journey that they named "Mana." The Royal Navy "lent the Expedition a Lieutenant on full pay for navigation and survey." By this time the reader has a pretty good idea that Katherine Routledge wasn't a typical British citizen who wanted to go on a little ocean adventure. She seems more like a character out of Jules Verne science fiction novel. This may have been a scientific journey, but the expedition traveled in typical British Empire comfort.
Katherine Maria Pease Routledge was the second child of a very wealthy Quaker Family who decided to become an archaeologist. Her travel adventure is wonderfully related in this nearly 400-page reprint of the original 1919 book. The book is greatly enhanced by the addition of numerous drawings and photographs from the voyage. Routledge and her husband had previously published a book on the Kikuyu people of East Africa called "With a Prehistoric People.Read more ›
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I visited Rapa Nui in 2015 and it's amazing to read her story and see the photos taken from this expedition.Published 3 months ago by Lynn Flink
This book is incomplete!! It ends in mid sentence on page 190, it doesn't complete chapter XIV. The "Look inside" shows XXIV chapters and 395 pages. They are all missing. Read morePublished 22 months ago by mdirvin
Good background on a bit of Easter Island history, but most of the book is NOT about the island, but getting there early in the 1900's.Published on March 28, 2014 by L. Troll
If you want to have some idea of what the island was like a century ago, this is the best book on the subject.Published on October 10, 2013 by J. Adams
Probably the first book anyone should read if interested in real facts about Easter Island history and folklore. Read morePublished on May 14, 2013 by UpNorth Writer
The readily available reprint is a useful addition to the research I am undertaking in connection with the author and the island of Cyprus.Published on May 9, 2013 by stuart swiny
I am intrigued by the travel journals of the early 1900's, especially women. Women like Katherine were very hardy souls, working and living in a man's world. Read morePublished on May 8, 2010 by Akcloudwoman
It's a fantastic, exciting book, I reccomand to all to read it. I was there in 2008 on this mystic, fantastic Island. Read morePublished on March 7, 2009 by Katarina K. Szabo