The Mapmaker's Wife

by Robert Whitaker | Biographies & Memoirs |
ISBN: 0786741848 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingAzukiwing of Miami, Florida USA on 9/17/2020
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Journal Entry 1 by wingAzukiwing from Miami, Florida USA on Thursday, September 17, 2020
The title of this book is a bit misleading, a tantalising promise of "a true tale of love, murder and survival in the Amazon", though the part about the journey in Amazon takes up only like 50 pages of the book. Most of its bulk is about the French expedition to measure the latitude and longitude of the Earth, rather heavy in history and science. The wife herself makes a rather late appearance in the book, as a schoolgirl dreaming of a Parisian life. While I can believe that she loved her husband to have waited 20 years and braved the Amazon for him, don't expect much detail of their courtship or letter exchanges.

I don't dislike the book, just disappointed that there's so little about Isabel. Not the author's fault, as a good journalist he is being true to his research, there's just not much historical information - even Isabel's adventure is told through her husband, she didn't pen a memoir (which likely would have sold very well). Though I suspect that's unbecoming of a woman of her time and status. I think someone can pick up on this little known historical fact and spin a great novel out of it, and rightly called it The Mapmaker's Wife, but readers of this book likely need a strong interest in science and history not to be bored by it.

Journal Entry 2 by wingAzukiwing at Biography/Memoir Bookbox, A Bookbox -- Controlled Releases on Monday, October 12, 2020

Released 1 mo ago (10/12/2020 UTC) at Biography/Memoir Bookbox, A Bookbox -- Controlled Releases


Putting into memoir bookbox. Hope another reader finds it interesting.

Journal Entry 3 by wingethereawing at Little Rock, Arkansas USA on Sunday, November 08, 2020
I took this from elizardbreath's bio/memoir book box. I'm willing to take a chance on it!

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