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by Robert Whitaker

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Author: Robert Whitaker
ISBN: 0553815393
ISBN13: 978-0553815399
Language: English
Publisher: Transworld Pub (April 30, 2005)
Pages: 379
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His newspaper and magazine articles on the mentally ill and the pharmaceutical industry have garnered several national awards, including a George Polk Award for medical writing and a National Association of Science Writers Award for best magazine article.

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About The Mapmaker’s Wife. In 1735, a team of French scientists, led by Charles Marie de La Condamine, traveled to Quito in colonial South America with the intention of precisely measuring the distance of one degree of latitude at the equator

About The Mapmaker’s Wife. In 1735, a team of French scientists, led by Charles Marie de La Condamine, traveled to Quito in colonial South America with the intention of precisely measuring the distance of one degree of latitude at the equator.

I read the Mapmaker's Wife because we are currently visiting Ecuador and I enjoy reading stories about places I have been

I read the Mapmaker's Wife because we are currently visiting Ecuador and I enjoy reading stories about places I have been. I did learn some interesting facts about France and Spain and their rivalry in trying to claim the territories of the indigenous peoples(read gold and silver). The last third of the book which was about the map maker and his wife was quite good and definitely a heroic story of patience and tribulations.

Yet when they returned on August 23, they found the city all stirred up, like a bee’s nest that had been disturbed. Tensions were so high that Senièrgues, who had been living in Cuenca since March, did not dare go out in public without a loaded pistol.

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Whitaker weaves a riveting tale rich in adventure, intrigue, and scientific achievement. Never before told, The Mapmaker's Wife is an epic love story that unfolds against the backdrop of a great 18th century true adventure.

Like Lewis and Clark's exploration of the American West, their incredible mission revealed the mysteries of a little-known continent to a world hungry for discovery. Scaling 16,000foot mountains in the Peruvian Andes, and braving jaguars, pumas, insects, and vampire bats in the jungle, the scientists barely completed their mission

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By (author) Robert Whitaker. Imprint Bantam Books (Transworld Publishers a division of the Random House Group). Publication City/Country London, United Kingdom. Robert Whitaker's long fascination with South America began in the late 1970s, when he built and lived in a bamboo hut on the Ecuadorian coast. He now lives and writes in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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In 1735 a team of French scientists set out on a daring expedition into the South American wilderness to resolve one of the great scientific challenges of the time: the precise size and shape of the Earth. Scaling the Andes and journeying along the Amazon, the mapmakers faced all manner of danger, while madness, disease and violent death each took their toll. However one, Jean Godin, fell in love with a local girl called Isabel Grameson. When the time came for the expedition to return to France, Godin travelled ahead to ensure the way was safe for his new family. But on reaching French Guiana, disaster struck: Spain and Portugal closed their borders and he was stranded, unable to return to Isabel. What followed lies at the core of this extraordinary tale - a heartbreaking 20-year separation that ended when Isabel, believing she might never see her husband again, decided to make her own way across the continent: a journey that began in hope but became hell on earth...Drawing on his own experience retracing Isabel's epic trek as well as contemporary records, Robert Whitaker recounts a captivating true story of love and survival set against the backdrop of what many still regard as 'the greatest expedition the world has ever known'.
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Akir
This is a fascinating true story of adventure and science in what is now Ecuador during the 1730s. The scientific part involves the expedition of members of the Académie française to measure a meridian arc at the equator and to compare its measurement with one measured in "Lapland." The object of the enterprise was to determine whether Isaac Newton's description of Earth as flattened at the poles because of the planet's rotation or elongated at the poles as postulated by other scientists. The French scientists struggled for years in the inhospitable Andean terrain to obtain accurate measurements and proved that Newton correct. One lowly member member of the French team was Jean Godin, who married Isabel Gramesón of a high-ranking family of the Spanish Viceroyaltyof Peru. Godin's plan to return to France with his pregnant wife involved exploring the Amazon downstream for its entire length and returning upstream to collect his wife. Godin spent 20 years (1749-69) in this enterprise, at which point she set out in search of him and suffered even more horrific experiences than her husband had during the interval.
Mysterious Wrench
This was an unread (by everyone in my book club) book club read. Although very interesting and informative, it was very a laborious read. I read a lot (2 books a week) and it is one of the first books I had to keep putting down and going back to later. Everyone in my book club was in agreement that the name of the book is misleading. It had about one chapter solely dedicated to the wife and that was at the end of the book. After discussing the book, however, many of the ladies rated it at least a 4 star due to the scientific value, exploration, flora and fauna collection and all around bravery of the men who were willing to die doing what they did.
Kulafyn
This is a very well written account of the incredible capacity of humans to suffer tortures that most would consider beyond human endurance. Whitaker skillfully reveals a kernel normally hidden within our psyche that can grow into an infinite source of strength when we are motivated by love, desire for riches or even glory. The description of the mapmakers quest to determine the shape of Earth by trekking though the wilderness of south America provides a slice of world history and science that I had not encountered in hundreds of history books.

The only real reason for a novel is to reveal the inner war forever waging within us. Riveting, enthralling, enlightening.
Fani
I read the Mapmaker's Wife because we are currently visiting Ecuador and I enjoy reading stories about places I have been. Even though the story takes places in the 18th Century, I was ecstatic to not only be familiar with many of the locations, but that the place where we are currently staying is directly across the street from where one of the sub-plots occurred! I got a lot more than expected from this true story. The author delves deep into the expedition of a group of French Scientists that came to the equator to conduct the measurements to once and for all solve the argument of the size and shape of the earth. While there, Jean Godin, one of the Assistant's to the expedition marries Isabel, a daughter from one of the local well-to-do families. The couple end up being separated for over a 20-year period. Separated by the hazards of the Amazon jungle, both Jean and Isabel never gave up hope to be reunited with one another. Isabel, after waiting years for Jean to come back to Peru, sets out on a journey through the dangerous Amazon, something that was unheard of and thought to be impossible for a woman during that time. Though the title of the book is misleading, it is well written and the reader quickly comes to appreciate the in depth research the author conducted in order to put us right there from colonial Peru to deep in the Amazon jungle.
Armin
A tour de force. Whittaker traces the fortunes of a group of European scientists who travel to Peru to measure the curvature of the earth in comparison to measurements in Europe. The group, having underestimated the difficulty of the task, nonetheless heroically carries on. One marries a Peruvian woman, who devotedly undertakes the follow the wild Amazon all the way across the continent to reunite with her husband. Her amazing true adventure takes up the last third of the book. Whitaker enriches his narrative with material from other sources that shed light and place into context the core events. This is a rich reading experience that will enlarge your understanding of a relatively ignored part of the world.
Bremar
One of the most fascinating true stories I have ever read. A group of French scientists travel to what is now Ecuador (then Peru) in order to survey and determine the final correct lines of latitude. Thought this may not sound interesting, it alone is worth the book. One of the scientists falls in love with and marries a girl of the local Peruvian nobility. He then goes down the Amazon, ostensibly for a brief time, but when he doesn't return, his wife and a few members of her family go in search of him. Thus begins one of the most totally amazing tales of my long life as a reader. No way would I want to spoil it for others. But if you like real life adventure where this time the hero is a woman, don't miss this book!
Zainian
This is a well researched book and contains a lot of information - almost too much. It is really three stories: First, a review of the state of science in the early 1700's with particular reference to navigation, planetary motion and mapmaking; Second, the story of a long, precise and ultimately very successful voyage to Peru to establish whether the earth is flattened at the poles by measuring the length of one degree of arc at the equator and comparing it with the same at locations nearer the north pole; Third, the story of a Peruvian lady who become a mapmakers wife and undergoes much trauma to rejoin her husband. Along the way we learn much about the foibles of scientists and politicians in those days and gain a powerful idea of how prevalent slavery was and how awful the natives were treated.
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