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on 20 February 2012
An utterly fantastic book, brilliantly written, fascinating details of her family life and about the Galapagos Islands, just amazing. And so excellently written - she has a wonderfully imaginative way of writing. It is a world where nature is innocent of human beings, where animals, having never seen a human, aren't afraid of them and don't know that they should be. What an amazing childhood/teenagehood! She had a particular affinity with animals. It is lovely to read about how her parents so loved each other, but their time together was short - he tragically died of TB, alone in a hospital in Quito, Ecuador, cut off from his adored wife and family. It was just as tragic for his wife alone in the US with her children, and in some ways for Johanna growing up not knowing the father who she sought - but in the end, in a way, she found him. A very unusual book. And, on top of all this, a wonderful introduction to the Galapagos Islands.