Pantar Island. Alor, Indonesia. July 2012.

Need islands

Dear English-speaking readers, this page is an automatic Google translation from a post originally written in French. My apologies for the strange sentences and the funny mistakes that could gave been generated during the process. If you can read French, the original and correct version can be found here PetitesBullesdAilleurs.fr

  Between Two Journeys

If, like me, you like islands, here or elsewhere, dive into this book: Need islands, by the geographer Louis Brigand. The man is a scientist, but it is in passion, in love, that he speaks of the islands he has visited as part of his research.

Starting with the Breton islands, and that of Beniguet in particular, in the Molène archipelago. I invite you to read this report that my colleague Marc Pennec devoted to him in Ouest-France. What to fill up with refreshing marine freshness!

Need Islands, by Louis Brigand, Stock Editions.Need islands
Stock editions
252 pages, 18 €

Louis Brigand is a professor atEuropean Institute of the Sea, in Brest, at the University of Western Brittany (UBO). He is one of the great specialists in island issues. His job as a teacher-researcher leads him to travel from one end of the planet to another, from island to island ... Still a "dream job" for globe-trotters?
 ;-)

No Asian islands in the memories mentioned in his book. But he has very right words to say that irresistible attraction that the islands exert on our imagination (remember Treasure Island from Stevenson!), to talk about the beauty of insularity, the happiness of letting the days go by looking at the sea ...

Finally, I prefer to move regularly from one island to another, and thus be itinerant and nomadic, rather than fixed and sedentary. As a result, I have the impression to have elected in an immense archipelago, to travel permanently from one house to another, and to share my life between spaces that come together, forming a whole in which I draws energy and a certain resourcing. (P.67)

I do not feel anything else, the idea of going back, very soon, for distant archipelagos. The Perhentian Islands, then Borneo, Sipadan and Mabul, Derawan and Sangalaki ...

I go there in a tourist context, for holidays, and I will not be in a situation of complete isolation, far from it. But I like to be surrounded by water, to have no other border around me than the sea. To contemplate the horizon is my head. Many people feel trapped, a little prisoners, on an island. Me is the opposite: staying on an island frees me, soothes me. I leave the floor to Louis Brigand:

Happiness may just be that! An island.
I think isolation is something that happens in your head. There are millions of guys who live in dramatic isolation, in their apartment or in town, in front of their TV or their electronic games! I may be isolated geographically, but not at all mentally. On the contrary, the island with closed borders is a mirror that reflects deeply and amplifies things in life. (P.14)

My my my ! This book is timely. I badly need islands.

 :-)

  Between Two Journeys

  1. A Parisian islander in his soul, dry of his island for 30 years and who will see her again in 1, 2, 3, 4, ... 27 days ... I will certainly shed a tear when July 25, I will tread again the Bauerfield airport ground in Port Vila. I will then ask the taxi "Yu fala save tekem mi long ples ia ..." .. No more need of dico de bahasa 😉 ... the words in Bislama of Vanuatu will come out alone, a silence of 30 years.

    Insularity an isolation? But not at all, insularity is the taste of discovery, uncertainty ... it is the condition that teaches you to look beyond the horizon and ask in which direction there is another island similar or different, ... the islander is sure there is another, he scrutinizes the sky while the continental thinks to be the center of the world, it moves the earth ... the island is moving while the continental is certainty ... how to be sure of anything, when three cyclones a year sweep the bad structures like received ideas.

    A condition usually implies its opposite or complementary: the first reflex of the traveler is that of finding out how to get out of the place where we have just arrived, that of the islander is to know what is the wind that will allow s' escape or return to his island.

    Well, since we are talking about literature, beyond the islands, I have also "Need mirages" like Gilles Lapouge, writer also known for his work on pirates, other intrepid travelers.

    And then another essential work to re-enchant the small and large contingencies of the trip, on the basis of our illustrious traveler predecessors (Flaubert or Baudelaire) there is Alain de Botton with his "Art of travel".

    Good readings and especially selamat jalan 8).

    you will have to open a literature section where your readers will each put their bedside travel book (personally a wardrobe)

  2. @ Wet & sea / Ludovic: Superb, your reflection of Parisian island ... And thank you for the reading tips. It's a good idea, that collection of suggestions books of each other. Should everyone do as you, and enrich his contributions this section "Books and readings".

    Go, more than three small weeks of nothing to wait, before seeing your island again !!!
    8)

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