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Atlas of Remote Islands - Judith Schalansky
Happened upon this at the library and read it in an afternoon to pass the time in otherwise tedious waiting rooms. It is a lovely read. Everything about the language charms, most of all the odd and enchanting details that describe the islands. As words go, I got just what I was expecting and hoping for in an atlas of remote islands: magical and curious glimpses of far-flung and marginal places, whose appeal is their isolation and mystery.

But I was disappointed in the graphic presentation. I found the maps uninspiring and the artistry profoundly dull. Schalansky writes that "it is high time for cartography to take its place among the arts." I agree, but do not think that this effort has helped that cause.