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Among Stone Giants: The Life of Katherine Routledge and Her Remarkable Expedition to Easter Island (Lisa Drew Books)
Katherine Routledge is a central figure in the history of Easter Island, one of the world's most remote and mysterious locales. Born to a wealthy and prestigious English Quaker family in 1866, Katherine rebelled against Victorian values, becoming one of the first female graduates of Oxford University and the first woman archaeologist to work in Polynesia. From 1913 to 1915 ...more
Hardcover, 351 pages
Published April 22nd 2003 by Scribner
(first published April 21st 2003)
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Van Tilburg creates a sympathetic portrait of Routledge's longing for knowledge, her courage, and her painful affliction with mental illness. The writing was beautifully crafted at the sentence level, but it was sometimes hard to follow the larger organization. Understandably, though, it is challenging to reduce someone's life to fluent order. I wish there had been more about her time on Easter Island. However, as Van Tilburg points out, there is Routledge's own, still informative, study.
Amazing story of a strong woman who battled mental illness for most of her life and didn't let it slow her down. She followed her dream to Easter Island. I do wish there was more about her time on Easter Island, what she felt not just what she worked on, but still a great story.