Isle of passion : a novel

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New York : Ecco, [2005].
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298 pages ; 24 cm.
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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 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.

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APA Citation (style guide)

Restrepo, L., & Koch, D. M. 1. (2005). Isle of passion: a novel. New York: Ecco.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Restrepo, Laura and Dolores M. 1928-2009. Koch. 2005. Isle of Passion: A Novel. New York: Ecco.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities Citation (style guide)

Restrepo, Laura and Dolores M. 1928-2009. Koch, Isle of Passion: A Novel. New York: Ecco, 2005.

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Restrepo, Laura., and Dolores M. 1928-2009 Koch. Isle of Passion: A Novel. New York: Ecco, 2005. Print.

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