Fortunate and unfortunate isles

FORTUNATE AND UNFORTUNATE ISLES Pocket Atlas of Remote Islands—Fifty Islands I Have Not Visited and Never Will Judith Schalansky, London, New York: Penguin, 2012. 240 pp The West is writing over all the world’s white spaces. The unrolling triumph of Occidental enlightenment and exploration has meant the near-complete charting of the planet—conquest of the tallest peaks,… Continue reading

The English Wändervögel

THE ENGLISH WÄNDERVÖGEL Patrick Leigh Fermor: An Adventure Artemis Cooper, London: John Murray, 2010 On December 9th, 1933, an eighteen-year-old miscreant rushed through the rain at Tower Bridge to catch the Stadtholder Willem, about to hoist anchor and leave for Rotterdam. His luggage was light—a little money, a few letters of introduction, a knapsack, a sturdy… Continue reading