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3.5 stars Last week I watched an excellent documentary film, The Galapagos Affair Satan Came to Eden I had read this book twenty years ago while visiting the Galapagos as well as some other books about the unusual people and bizarre events that occurred there involving the earliest settlers to the dry volcanic island of Floreana I wanted to re read the book as the film showed photos of the inhabitants I had not seen, as well as short film taken at the time, also interviews The settlement started in 1932, and of the 9 people who originally lived in 3 separate areas, by 1934 four were dead by mysterious means Others who had come to visit and to bring gifts and supplies to the inhabitants often were forced to flee the island The first two families did not get along The first settlers were a German couple, Dr Ritter and his mistress Dora Strauch who left their married spouses to find solitude Dr Ritter fancied himself a philosopher and believed women should be subservient There was a lot of hostility and later emotional and some physical abuse of Dora Sensational press stories drew people to the island The next settlers were the Wittmers , a father, his preg Read while sailing around the Galapagos Islands, fascinating. Floreana is one of the islands in Judith Schalansky s Atlas of Remote Islands, the scene of murder, suicide, or some unexplained events The Galapagos Affair she called it That rang a bell And, yes, I had indeed purchased The Galapagos Affair during a Darwinian phase I went through It had been waiting patiently and unread on a shelf.Ever get in the mood where you ve had enough Enough traffic Enough supervision Enough rules, regulations, unsolicited mail, government Enough, well, people In 1929, Friedrich and Dore had had enough Friedrich was a doctor and dentist with a pretention to becoming the next great philosopher, a neo Nietzsche Dore, a teacher with Multiple Sclerosis, went to him for treatment Unconventionally, Friedrich cured her by training her power of will Or so she believed Friedrich had a dim view of people and things He convinced Dore to chuck it all and flee with him to a remote island in the Galapagos where they could have their own Utopia They left their respective spouses and families and off they went.They became celebrated, despite their flight People thrilled to stories of Adam and Eve in their nudist idyll So, others followed another German family So, people were completely crazy even back in the 1930s I ll go with what Paul Theroux had to say about this book This is a brilliant tale of mysteryIt has a sex mad baroness, a crackpot philosopher, a number of pirates, some pioneers and some nudists It also has death I m trying to follow my friend s lead and rate each book according to Goodread s standards 3 stars I liked it Even though I was anticipating really liking or even thinking it was amazing I may have to check out books in the Robinsonade genre soon. This is an odd little story of a group of people living on the Galapagos in the 1930 s Stranger than fiction the book details the drama on the island of different personalities with their own vision of Eden It was an engaging read. Over Half A Century Ago Fanciful And Exotic Stories Began To Appear In The World S Press About Settlers On The Remote Galapagos Island Of Floreana The Tales Were Of Nudism, Free Love Communes, Stainless Steel Dentures A Latter Day Garden Of Eden But The Truth Was Even Stranger Friedrich Ritter, An Eccentric German Intellectual, And His Long Suffering Companion Dora Strauch, Were The First Arrivals Once Established, They Were Soon Joined By Others Most Bizarre And Dangerous Was The Self Styled Baroness Wagner Bosquet She Ruled Her Three Young Male Lovers With A Riding Crop, A Pearl Handled Revolver And Insatiable Sexual Demands Terrorising Other Settlers Her Mysterious Disappearance And The Discovery Of Unidentified Bodies On A Nearby Island Perplexed The World Now The Galapagos Affair Unravels The Whole Incredible Story. This is truly a stranger than fiction book Simply unbelievable and written in a very engaging style. This book proves we are our own worst enemies Let s reproduce everything we were trying to get away from thousands of miles away.