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Austin Tappan Wright's "Islandia"
July 18, 2011 7:40 PM Subscribe
Cult books come and cult books go - that's part of what it means to be a cult book. A few keep reappearing, however. They get discovered over and over by successive waves of admirers. After the third or fourth reappearance, the suspicion begins to arise that this isn't a cult book, after all. It's a masterpiece with problems. Islandia is such a book.
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- Noel Perrin, "The Best of All Imaginary Islands"As he grew, so did his imaginary world. ... It dropped the castles. It kept the horses - but they were no longer part of the romantic imaginings of a small boy. They were part of the utopian vision of a fully mature man, one who has thought out the relationship between speed of travel and meaning of journey. It gathered a two-thousand-year history, a complete sociology, a stunning cast of characters, a theory of how human beings can best lead satisfying lives. In the end,
Islandia became the best vision I know of a life in which high culture coexists with low technology...
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