My Father’s Island by Johanna Angermeyer: Galapagos Book Review

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Johanna Angermeyer is the daughter of some of the first residents of the Galapagos Islands. In this true life account she writes about her life, both before and after, discovering her family ties to the Galapagos. She shares with us what it was like to dream about life on the islands and when those dreams became her reality.


About Johanna Angermeyer

As a child Johanna lived in the United States, later moving to Quito and then onto the Galapagos Islands. My Father’s Island highlights the differences in the way of life in each area.

Life on Santa Cruz Island was very different back in the 1960’s. Johannas life in the Galapagos was rough and very basic: nothing like her life in the States or in Quito. Her love for the Islands is contagious.

My Father’s Island Offers a Great Pre-Trip Perspective

I really enjoyed this book, it was very entertaining and educational. Johanna Angermeyer has a wonderful ability to take her readers back in time so they can enjoy her comical personality as a child. This adds a lot of humor to the book and keeps things moving along at a good pace.

While I was reading My Father’s Island we visited the Galapagos. I found it really interesting to see some of the areas she wrote about. As we passed The Barranco (a rocky cliff at the waters edge on Santa Cruz Island) her experiences were in my mind; it added an aspect to the trip that was not there on our first visit. She also talks about “the crack” which we know as Las Grietas. On my last trip to the Galapagos, I even walked by the old Angermeyer homestead (which is now a restaurant) on the way to Las Grietas.

The Human Side to the Galapagos Islands

The Angermeyer family history is both tragic and exciting. Reading about their history and the challenges they faced fills in a gap that I think is often missing from the “buzz” that surrounds the Galapagos Islands. We hear a lot about the flora, fauna and unique location of the Islands, but we don’t hear much about the people. The people in this book give the islands even more character.

This is a great book to read as you are planning your trip to the Galapagos or if you would just like to learn more about the islands and another culture.

Details of: My Father’s Island

Publisher: Pelican Press, East Sussex England
Author: Johanna Angermeyer
ISBN: 095448510-6
Softcover, 303 pages
Available from some online booksellers, and at many bookstores in Ecuador.

Have you read it? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

Meet the Author

Hi, I'm Dena Haines! I'm an traveler, photographer and Canadian entrepreneur. I'm a partner at Storyteller Media, a content marketing company for travel brands. I blog at GringosAbroad (Ecuador travel) and Click Like This (How to Use a GoPro).

3 comments… add one
  • Carol Villao Martillo Jun 10, 2012, 12:34 pm

    That book sounds great! Thanks for writing a perfomance about it!

  • Drew Haines Nov 19, 2012, 5:14 pm

    Love the review! I think I should read the book!

  • Lilli Woerner Oct 14, 2013, 9:37 am

    Sounds very interesting, I will get the book and read it.

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