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  • Title: Easter Island
  • Author: Jennifer Vanderbes
  • ISBN: 9780385336734
  • Page: 184
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In this extraordinary fiction debut rich with love and betrayal, history and intellectual passion two remarkable narratives converge on Easter Island, one of the most remote places in the world.It is 1913 Elsa Pendleton travels from England to Easter Island with her husband, an anthropologist sent by the Royal Geographical Society to study the colossal moai statues, andIn this extraordinary fiction debut rich with love and betrayal, history and intellectual passion two remarkable narratives converge on Easter Island, one of the most remote places in the world.It is 1913 Elsa Pendleton travels from England to Easter Island with her husband, an anthropologist sent by the Royal Geographical Society to study the colossal moai statues, and her younger sister What begins as familial duty for Elsa becomes a grand adventure on Easter Island she discovers her true calling But, out of contact with the outside world, she is unaware that World War I has been declared and that a German naval squadron, fleeing the British across the South Pacific, is heading toward the island she now considers home.Sixty years later, Dr Greer Farraday, an American botanist, travels to Easter Island to research the island s ancient pollen, but important, to put back the pieces of her life after the death of her husband.A series of brilliant revelations brings to life the parallel quests of these two intrepid young women as they delve into the centuries old mysteries of Easter Island Slowly unearthing the island s haunting past, they are forced to confront turbulent discoveries about themselves and the people they love, changing their lives forever.Easter Island is a tour de force of storytelling that will establish Jennifer Vanderbes as one of the most gifted writers of her generation.From the Hardcover edition.
    Easter Island In this extraordinary fiction debut rich with love and betrayal history and intellectual passion two remarkable narratives converge on Easter Island one of the most remote places in the world It is

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    1. Onvan Easter Island Nevisande Jennifer Vanderbes ISBN 385336748 ISBN13 9780385336741 Dar 320 Safhe Saal e Chap 2003

    2. One of my favourite picks for Serbian market Good book, good story that deserves to be read for years and years I m sorry to see that none of my friends has read it yet But you can always change that Published by Narodna knjiga Alfa, 10 years ago Let say for those who liked THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS

    3. 150 pages in, I m really enjoying Easter Island It has a patient, quiet narrative and masterful grasp of subject matter botany, taxonomy, evolution and science in general that is unassailable and reminiscent of Sacred Hunger It also maintains an excellent balance and synergy between the parallel narratives of Elsa and Greer It always seems a danger, to me, in this construct that one storyline will become dominant or just interesting than the other But so far, alternating, I always find myself p [...]

    4. This book absolutely delighted me I went into it with no expectations it was a random selection from the library and I finished it a little blown away I have a feeling this is what The Conquest by Yxta Maya Murray wanted to be a fictional novel that wraps science and fact into its tale but where The Conquest stumbled, Easter Island soars The characters are flawed and not entirely likable, the plot comfortable and not especially surprising, and the ending is not tied up in a little bow, but it wo [...]

    5. I enjoyed reading this historical fiction It is becomming my favorite genera, and with stories like this one it makes it totally worth my time This story was written with three different sub stories involved All of them converging on Easter Island on two different time lines One story is about Elsa Beasley, her husband Edward and her sister Alice Alice is what we call today a special needs individual I could not exactly say what was wrong with her, but she was a high matenance charge The three o [...]

    6. The name Easter Island evokes a sense of mystery and romanticism The book Easter Island delivers on both accounts Begin with an oceanic island fifteen hundred miles from any other landmass, one that had taken thousands of years for plant life to reach its shores and much longer before human life managed to land there Add in two women, separated by sixty years as their parallel stories are told, each brought to Easter Island one an Englishwoman who accompanies her anthropologist husband and the s [...]

    7. Oh my what can I say about this book, except I seriously don t recommend it Although it presents very interesting history and facts of Easter Island I would have been better off reading Wikipeadia If you want to read about every scientific plant species grown on the island since it s volanic conception, go ahead and be my guest I kept waiting for the three separate stories to blend and make a wonderful marriage somewhere along the way, but geez by the last couple chapters I kept looking back to [...]

    8. This is my kind of book I love it when two or stories come together like this Easter Island is the story of two women who went to the island and did research But the two women s stories are 60 years apart There is also a small thread of a German World War I naval squadron present in the book.Elsa Beazley arrives at Easter Island in 1916 with her new husband and her mentally handicapped sister Her story was inspired by the true story of Katherine Scoresby Routledge and her husband Elsa s husband [...]

    9. It s comforting to imagine that aliens placed those inscrutable statues on Easter Island Such a theory protects us from the haunting implications about human nature The tiny island, 2,300 miles west of Chile, was settled around 400 A.D Its early inhabitants with or without extraterrestrial assistance carved than 600 giant faces from volcanic rock and then dragged them to the shore Some weigh almost 90 tons.In her gorgeous debut novel, Easter Island, Jennifer Vanderbes has attempted something e [...]

    10. ISBN 0 316 86197 9Withdrawn from Oxfordshire Library Service.Dedication For my parents and my brotherOpening The decisive moment for Germany s fleet in the Great War was, indisputably, its ill timed arrival at the Falkland Islands Having avoided detection by the Allies for three months since the outbreak of hostilities, it was their great misfortune to head straight for the Falklands just hours after the British Fleet put in to coal there.RongorongoPaschalococos disperta Rapa Nui Palm or Easter [...]

    11. Easter Island is one of those mysterious places that I ve always found fascinating, likely because of the sheer distance away that it is A novel like this merely whets my appetite The author moves between the two stories, each of a woman who travels to Easter Island after a huge change in life Elsa Beazley after her marriage of convenience in the beginning of the 20th century and Greer Farraday decades later in the 70s, after the death of her husband As each finds her place and true calling we l [...]

    12. This book read too much like a textbook, so I skimmed through quite a bit of it The only thing that kept me reading was to find out the answers to the few mysteries in the book, and then was quite disappointed at the vague answers that were revealed I don t like it when authors leave endings up to the readers to figure out Give me a definite ending, let the characters in the book actually find the answers to the questions asked throughout the book I also hate when the theory of evolution is cram [...]

    13. I read this years ago, when it came out in 2003 It became one of those books that I will never forget, and periodically I look to see whether the author has managed to sneak anoather title out while I wasn t looking She hasn t until this year, when in August 2010, Scribner is publishing Strangers at the Feast, which has already garnered several five star ratings This particular book struck such a chord because it was about a graduate student trying to make headway with her research and discoveri [...]

    14. Elsa Beazley came to Easter Island in 1913 and in the 1970 s Greer Farraday comes to Easter Island Both come with a research agenda I was slow to like this book, but it is a good story and by the end I was enthralled by the way the author overlaps the stories and uses the island s famous secrets to tell how women make decisions.

    15. The debut novel of Jennifer Vanderbes, Easter Island is a tale of two women from two different eras, both of who move to Easter Island to find refuge from their pasts Both women are curious and intelligent, and both experience betrayal and loss as well as true friendship and love Each woman becomes passionate about her particular scientific research Though the details of the women s lives, told in tandem, are radically different, both must adjust to the culture of island life in their respective [...]

    16. Well, I had high hopes for this book it all sounded so intriguing I ve always been interested in novels that mix facts with fiction it s a facsinating way of learning new things But, I must say, this book was a disappointment The style of writing wasn t very gripping and for the longest time I just kept expecting the story to become interesting at some point In the end, the two stories Elsa s and Greer s were very loosely too loosely knit together And the whole story of the German admiral was ju [...]

    17. Yet another book about two sisters What is with me Strangely, this book has been sitting on my shelf unread since I bought it when it was originally published yet I suddenly felt moved to pick it up and read it The unconscious drive to sisterhood yet again.I m sorry it took me so long, as this was a carefully crafted story if nothing else, the research that went into the writing of this novel is to be admired The story moves back and forth between two female protagonists sixty years apart I admi [...]

    18. This is one book that I didn t want to put down Told as parallel tales one in the distant past, another contemporary , Easter Island is a compelling and suspenseful novel The story has so many facets to it courage, feminism, family, anthropology, botany I don t know how Jennifer Vanderbes managed to tie it all together but she did a fantastic job This is a stay up all night to finish it book.

    19. I loved this novel I highly recommend it to anyone interested in historical fiction, botany, Rapa Nui Easter Island and its mysteries, naval battles in World War I, and or Darwin It is a wonderful book

    20. I chose this book because I m interested old timey anthropology, women science ing, sea voyages, and the folklore of the South Pacific and I got all that in Easter Island What I didn t expect was to be touched I actually cried, not because anything tragic happened, but because this was so perfect Vanderbes s writing was dynamic and evocative and beautiful, which was a lovely complement to the academic rigor and technical diction with which Greer and Elsa tackled their work I also appreciated the [...]

    21. Easter IslandThe name itself sends a chill down my spine I read about this mysterious island in a book titled World Famous Unsolved Mysteries several years ago Since then it has always arrested my interest even at the slightest mention of it Therefore, when I stumbled upon this book at the old book store, I bought it instantly The highlight on the back cover suggested a tale of mystery where two stories, belonging to two different eras begin to unfold in this mystical island and finds an interes [...]

    22. This book provides a fascinating insight into the history of the isolated island in the Pacific Ocean known as Easter Island or Rapa Nui in local dialect It is famous for the enormous stone statues which once stood along the coast, but were mysteriously knocked to the ground many centuries ago The plot is made up of separate strands involving three different sets of people who travel to Easter Island The first sub plot is set in the 1970s and is about a woman scientist who travels to the island [...]

    23. T m oli varsin ihastuttava kertomus kahden eri naisen matkasta mystisille P si issaarille, paikkaan joka viel 1960 luvullakin oli maan riss , kaukana kaikesta tutusta ja tavallisesta Naiset el v t eri aikausia, mutta heiss on paljon samaa vapaudenkaipuuta, samaa tarvetta tulla n hdyksi omana itsen n, ei pelkk n miehens k sipuolessa kulkevana kauniina asusteena Molemmat etsiv t itse n ja omaa polkuaan Kirjassa sekoittuu kiehtovasti fakta ja fiktio tiede, historia, romantiikka ja j nnitys luovat m [...]

    24. Good historical fiction Author showed very artistic approach at weaving fictional characters into the fabric of actual history, and engaging history at that It drew me to research about the history of Easter Island The interplay between three historical events help move things along, I ll be at unsettling as storylines shift often at critical junctures I believe Jennifer is a talented and storyteller comes up with interesting complicated characters The book has a lot going on and I wanted it to [...]

    25. I very much enjoyed this book Weaving the stories of two women with scientific abilities, mightily constrained by the times and their husbands, the story delivers multiple points of view about science, ecology, Easter Island, love, history It doesn t become trite Keep your eyes open for the zinger towards the end It should have been obvious, but I missed it completely The author assumes an intelligent reader, which is nice.

    26. Amazing book.It was a little too technical for me, but once I could get past that, I really enjoyed the stories I was surprised by the twists, and never once suspected the outcome The two storylines come together in a completely wonderful way I can t wait to read about Easter Island.

    27. Fantastic book, Fantastic writing So much knowledge about Easter Island and the Moai, so much history, such fantastic characters This book and its characters carry you away to Easter Island and make you fall in love with the island and the people I will immediately look for books by this author.

    28. Science, love, and timeSuch an engrossing read A little confusing at first when the timeline jumps around so It somehow feels like all times exist at once the way the physicists tell us Beautiful parallels in people from the different times Complicated human relationships Hard to put down.

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