Galapagos Islands Landscapes
in Herman Melville’s “The Encantadas or The Enchanted Isles,” Illustrated with Scenic Photographs from Ecuador’s archipelago made famous by Charles Darwin
by Lynn Michelsohn, Herman Melville
Photographs by Moses Michelsohn
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Discover . . .
~ “a ceaseless sea” lashing “a fury of foam” . . .
~ volcanic landscapes, rock-bound and stark . . .
~ thickets of “distorted cactus trees” . . .
~ “screaming flights of unearthly birds” . . .
~ “mouldering ribs” of wrecked vessels . . .
~ the hiss of “outlandish” iguanas . . .
~ souls of wicked sea captains transformed into giant tortoises . . .
. . . all visions of the bewitched “Enchanted Isles.”
Melville’s first glimpse of the Galapagos Islands came as a young seaman on the whaler Acushnet out of New Bedford, Massachusetts. Years later, after the failure of his novel Moby-Dick, he tried to regain his lost popularity with the reading public by writing a series ten of magazine sketches recalling this visit to the Galapagos Islands. He called his series “The Encantadas or The Enchanted Isles.”
This brief selection from the longer work, In the Galapagos Islands with Herman Melville includes:
~ “Sketch First. The Isles at Large,” the first of Melville’s ten sketches, in which he explores the landscape of this volcanic archipelago as an introduction to its unique and exotic world.
~ Moses Michelsohn’s striking photographs (in color in all apps except b&w Kindles) illustrating Melville’s text.
~ Lynn Michelsohn’s introduction to Melville’s work.
~ a Bonus Section: ten of Moses Michelsohn’s scenic Galapagos Island landscape and seascape photographs not included in the longer work.
We hope you enjoy your visit to the Galapagos Islands!