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by Austin Tappan Wright

Published 11 years after the author's death, this classic of utopian fiction tells the story of American consul John Lang. He visits the isolated and alien country of Islandia and is soon seduced by the ways of a compelling and fascinating world.
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ISBN: 1585678252
ISBN13: 978-1585678259
Category: Literature
Subcategory: United States
Author: Austin Tappan Wright
Language: English
Publisher: The Overlook Press; 1 edition (July 25, 2006)
Pages: 1040 pages
ePUB size: 1447 kb
FB2 size: 1693 kb
Rating: 4.2
Votes: 577
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If I had my feet to the fire and *had* to choose my favorite book of all time, it would be Islandia. As have many reviewers said, it is a book that one reads again and again. I read it every summer since I discovered it, some 47 years ago. I have purchased and re-purchased it, as I have gifted many copies. In one case, I gave a copy to a friend who is a well known Mountain climber. When he mounted his next climb, he divided the book into sections which could be passed down the mountain to each below climber. I understand that it was a tremendous success. If ever a book would benefit from being in Kindle format, it is this one. At my age, with arthritis, it is all that I can do to hold up the paperback version. And, with 1000 plus pages, the font in my version is likely 10 pterodactyl type; I would pay a good sun to own this on Kindle and be able to both hold it comfortably as well as adjust the font!

Mr. Bezos, I sincerely hope that you will receive this recommendation!
I have three copies, a softcover, this hardcover edition, and a first edition. I've bought several other copies over the years as I stumbled across them so I could give them away--hence the urge to have another "on hand." I've read Islandi four times over the last 35 years and I guess you either love the detailed, highly descriptive narrative or it bores the hell out of you. Me? Obviously I love it and imagine I'll read it two or three more times before I die. It's always something to look forward to.
This is a long book that was, evidently, a long-term avocation of the author. I gather that the book was published, posthumously, by his survivors. It has lots of detail and heft. I purchased this for my wife, who read the entire book. She enjoyed parts of it but had mixed feelings about the pacing of the book as well as the way Wright wrapped things up. You should probably read it and decide for yourself.
Love this book so much. It's such an unusual fantasy... written in such a way that you're sure you know which country it is supposed to be, when in fact it isn't anywhere that exists. I've lent it out so many times and not had it returned that I've had to purchase it 3 times just to keep it in my library.
I am delighted to find that this work is still available. I read it decades ago. Then I bought it for close friends. It is literature which brings you into a world you will not ever regret having visited.

This special work by Austin Tappan Wright has maintained its place at the forefront of my literature collection for over 50 years. It is written from a male perspective that I feel is true and honest. It makes me want to keep searching for literature by female authors that also offers their perspectives, but I must trust the gals for their recommendations rather than guess on my own. I am listening, and ready for your suggestions. :)
The style of writing I found kind of difficult to swallow,the story mediocre. I had high expectations from a fiend and couldn't even finish it, it didn't hold my attention.
I first read Islandia about forty years ago, and I've probably read it ten times since. I've never understood why it's not famous or commonly taught in classrooms. To be sure super sensitive feminists and minorities could point to the racial undertones (dark-skinned nomads raiding to kidnap white women for nefarious purposes) and the assigned roles for women in the culture. But really, the author was obviously an open-minded man who was just a product of his time. It's a wonderful book, wonderfully written and edited. Read it, keep it, treasure it.