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Publisher Comments:

Base on true events, this brilliantly rendered novel recounts a dramatic tale of survival, and a womans determination to triumph over a harrowing fate.

In 1908, Mexican captain Ramón Arnaud and his young bride, Alicia, set sail for Clipperton, a tiny Pacific atoll once dubbed "Isle of Passion" by Spanish explorers. Accompanied by eleven soldiers and their families, the captain is under orders to defend the isolated but strategically well situated island against an improbable French invasion. With its treacherous coral reef and stagnant lagoon, Clipperton is a dire, forbidding place for the new inhabitants. Rigid military order soon gives way to more informal island living, but under Ramón's guidance and inspired by Alicia's determination the group manages to create a viable community. There are a food store, pharmacy, lighthouse, even dinner parties. But then, amid political upheaval at home and the first rumblings of World War I, the Clipperton residents are forgotten. The supply ship slated to come every two months comes every third, then sixth, then not at all. Left to the mercies of nature and each other, they fall victim one by one to scurvy, hunger, despair, rivalry, lust and, ultimately, violence.

Alicia, steadfast and resourceful, becomes a beacon of strength for the remaining castaways, whose collective survival will depend upon her courage and cunning. Drawing on historical records, archives and interviews, prize-winning novelist Laura Restrepo has reimagined the incredible true story of love and war, hardship and endurance, adventure and hope on the Isle of Passion. In prose that is lush, evocative and utterly beguiling, she brings to life a bizarre, moving episode in Mexican history and its extraordinary, unforgettable heroine.

Review:

"In 1908, Ramn Arnaud, a young Mexican military officer with a spotty record, is named governor of the small Pacific island of Clipperton — an isolated atoll originally dubbed 'Isle of Passion' by Magellen. He, his young wife, Alicia, and a retinue of soldiers and their families — including assistant lieutenant Cardona, and his wife, Tirsa — establish a makeshift garrison and settlement, along with a small group of British guano miners. After several relatively idyllic months, Mexico's revolution and WWI leave them largely cut off from supplies and the world at large. When a powerful hurricane and tsunami wipe out most of the settlement, the group must band together to survive, and the disasters are only beginning. As a Lord of the Flies mentality sets in, Alicia and Tirsa are left, or so they think, to lead the remaining women and children. Colombian novelist Restrepo (The Dark Bride), basing the narrative on a true story, writes from the perspective of an unnamed journalist living in the present and trying to piece together the Clipperton mystery via conflicting reports and interviews with survivors. As translated by Koch, she pulls the various elements together with a clear, no-nonsense cartographer's precision, and the result is smooth sailing indeed, la Jennifer Vanderbes's Easter Island." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

In a novel based on true events, a small band of soldiers and their families set sail for a deserted Pacific island, charged with defending its Mexican sovereignty. The optimistic crew creates a viable community but then is forgotten and isolated as W.W.I approaches.

Synopsis:

Base on true events, this brilliantly rendered novel recounts a dramatic tale of survival, and a woman’ s determination to triumph over a harrowing fate.

In 1908, Mexican captain Ramó n Arnaud and his young bride, Alicia, set sail for Clipperton, a tiny Pacific atoll once dubbed Isle of Passion by Spanish explorers. Accompanied by eleven soldiers and their families, the captain is under orders to defend the isolated but strategically well situated island against an improbable French invasion. With its treacherous coral reef and stagnant lagoon, Clipperton is a dire, forbidding place for the new inhabitants. Rigid military order soon gives way to more informal island living, but under Ramó n's guidance and inspired by Alicia's determination the group manages to create a viable community. There are a food store, pharmacy, lighthouse, even dinner parties. But then, amid political upheaval at home and the first rumblings of World War I, the Clipperton residents are forgotten. The supply ship slated to come every two months comes every third, then sixth, then not at all. Left to the mercies of nature and each other, they fall victim one by one to scurvy, hunger, despair, rivalry, lust and, ultimately, violence.

Alicia, steadfast and resourceful, becomes a beacon of strength for the remaining castaways, whose collective survival will depend upon her courage and cunning. Drawing on historical records, archives and interviews, prize-winning novelist Laura Restrepo has reimagined the incredible true story of love and war, hardship and endurance, adventure and hope on the Isle of Passion. In prose that is lush, evocative and utterly beguiling, she brings to life a bizarre, moving episode in Mexican history and its extraordinary, unforgettable heroine.

About the Author

Laura Restrepo is the bestselling author of six novels, including The Dark Bride, A Tale of the Dispossessed, and Delirio, which received Spain's prestigious Alfaguara Prize. She lives in Colombia.

Laura Restrepo fue profesora de literatura en la Universidad de Colombia, editora política en la revista Semana y miembro de la Comisión Nacional para la Paz. Ha escrito destacadas novelas tales como Leopardo al sol; Dulce Compañía, que obtuvo el premio Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz en México y el premio France Culture en Francia; y Delirio, que obtuvo el premio Alfaguara. Actualmente vive en Bogotá, Colombia.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780060088989
Subtitle:
A Novel
Translator:
Koch, Dolores M.
Translator:
Koch, Dolores M.
Author:
Restrepo, Laura
Publisher:
Ecco
Subject:
General
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Survival
Subject:
Clipperton Island
Subject:
Arnaud Vignon, Ramon
Subject:
General Fiction
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20051025
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9.20x6.58x1.08 in. 1.26 lbs.

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Product details 272 pages Ecco - English 9780060088989 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In 1908, Ramn Arnaud, a young Mexican military officer with a spotty record, is named governor of the small Pacific island of Clipperton — an isolated atoll originally dubbed 'Isle of Passion' by Magellen. He, his young wife, Alicia, and a retinue of soldiers and their families — including assistant lieutenant Cardona, and his wife, Tirsa — establish a makeshift garrison and settlement, along with a small group of British guano miners. After several relatively idyllic months, Mexico's revolution and WWI leave them largely cut off from supplies and the world at large. When a powerful hurricane and tsunami wipe out most of the settlement, the group must band together to survive, and the disasters are only beginning. As a Lord of the Flies mentality sets in, Alicia and Tirsa are left, or so they think, to lead the remaining women and children. Colombian novelist Restrepo (The Dark Bride), basing the narrative on a true story, writes from the perspective of an unnamed journalist living in the present and trying to piece together the Clipperton mystery via conflicting reports and interviews with survivors. As translated by Koch, she pulls the various elements together with a clear, no-nonsense cartographer's precision, and the result is smooth sailing indeed, la Jennifer Vanderbes's Easter Island." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , In a novel based on true events, a small band of soldiers and their families set sail for a deserted Pacific island, charged with defending its Mexican sovereignty. The optimistic crew creates a viable community but then is forgotten and isolated as W.W.I approaches.
"Synopsis" by , Base on true events, this brilliantly rendered novel recounts a dramatic tale of survival, and a woman’ s determination to triumph over a harrowing fate.

In 1908, Mexican captain Ramó n Arnaud and his young bride, Alicia, set sail for Clipperton, a tiny Pacific atoll once dubbed Isle of Passion by Spanish explorers. Accompanied by eleven soldiers and their families, the captain is under orders to defend the isolated but strategically well situated island against an improbable French invasion. With its treacherous coral reef and stagnant lagoon, Clipperton is a dire, forbidding place for the new inhabitants. Rigid military order soon gives way to more informal island living, but under Ramó n's guidance and inspired by Alicia's determination the group manages to create a viable community. There are a food store, pharmacy, lighthouse, even dinner parties. But then, amid political upheaval at home and the first rumblings of World War I, the Clipperton residents are forgotten. The supply ship slated to come every two months comes every third, then sixth, then not at all. Left to the mercies of nature and each other, they fall victim one by one to scurvy, hunger, despair, rivalry, lust and, ultimately, violence.

Alicia, steadfast and resourceful, becomes a beacon of strength for the remaining castaways, whose collective survival will depend upon her courage and cunning. Drawing on historical records, archives and interviews, prize-winning novelist Laura Restrepo has reimagined the incredible true story of love and war, hardship and endurance, adventure and hope on the Isle of Passion. In prose that is lush, evocative and utterly beguiling, she brings to life a bizarre, moving episode in Mexican history and its extraordinary, unforgettable heroine.

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