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If, like me, you like islands, here or elsewhere, dive into this book: Needing 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.
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.