A rare and beautifully illustrated journey to fifty faraway worlds. There are still places on earth that are unknown. Visually stunning and uniquely designed, this wondrous book captures fifty islands that are far away in every sense-from the ...
rom the mainland, from people, from airports, and from holiday brochures. Author Judith Schalansky used historic events and scientific reports as a springboard for each island, providing information on its distance from the mainland, whether its inhabited, its features, and the stories that have shaped its lore. With stunning full-color maps and an air of mysterious adventure, Atlas of Remote Island is perfect for the traveler or romantic in all of us.
A two page spread for each of 50 islands around the world. One page a very nicely done map (each page is same scale so you can get a good sense of size), the facing page contains one story from the island and a few stats like population and closest
The stories are often very interesting, but unfortunately have very little context about them. On the other hand, there isn't room for a long history or context of each island, and perhaps too much background info would be boring.
I checked a few of the islands on wikipedia, and they often don't show up as part of the wikipedia article, meaning that the author did some research to bring some interesting stuff to the table. However, one of the stories I checked could not be found anywhere on the Internet other than sourced directly from this book itself. This makes me skeptical about its truth...for such a remarkable story, why has no one reported on it, especially since it happened decades ago?
In this story, a 6-year-old boy in Europe learns a strange language in his dreams night after night. Decades later researchers try to identify this mysterious language he speaks that no one else can understand. It finally turns out it is a Polynesian language spoken only on Rapa Iti, a small island in the Pacific Ocean home to ~500 people. He lives out the rest of his life on that island, finally able to speak his language and be understood by others.