Islandia by Austin Tappan Wright

By Austin Tappan Wright

"Austin Tappan Wright left the realm a unconditionally unsuspected legacy. After he died in a sad coincidence, between this individual felony scholar’s papers have been came upon millions of pages dedicated to a astonishing feat of literary creation—a unique historical past of an imagined state entire with geography, family tree, literature, language and tradition. As precise as J.R.R. Tolkien’s middle-earth novels, Islandia has equally turn into a vintage touchstone for these fascinated with the production of imaginary worlds."

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He did things that were strange, and asked questions that were very personal; but I did not feel, as have some foreigners visiting Islandia, that he was guilty of the unscientific tricks of an ignorant and prurient medicine man. When, after about three quarters of an hour, we returned to the veranda, he knew more about my inner life than anyone else in the world; but I also had his certificate of fitness to enter Islandia, and I was sure I deserved it! Islata Soma and Cadred were awaiting us at a table, unpainted and carved, upon which were a bottle of wine and — — a plate of cakes.

The water had been withdrawn between them leaving vacant hollows, now very dark, but the domain of gardens, of trees, flowers, and shrubbery, of graveled paths and high walls, bridges, and causeways, was at the true level of the lake's lost waters. Overhead now was my own garden. The tang of wood smoke was like the country. I was hungry ... I wondered why the Islandians were not fat. Like a living presence I felt Uncle Joseph at my side, and I heard his voice, so real as to be uncanny. "John, this is no place for a consulate.

If you are not hurrying you might go to my home in the hills. I will give you a letter. " I thanked her, sincerely pleased. sin's "It is nothing," she said. A moment her eyes kindled and she clasped her could scarcely follow, she described the ancient house. "It was very small when we came to it. We were poor then. We had been driven out of Camia, where we had lived hands later tightly and, speaking so rapidly I 33 for hundreds of years. Little by little we cleared the land and added to the house.

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