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Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Islomania and Islandism

Islomania, definition - "an obsessional enthusiasm or partiality for islands"

I was going to suggest another word, "islandism", a localised version of nationalism, to be associated with writers and commentators who wax a little too lyrical or hyperbolic about their favourite island - and who don't always see the wood from the trees...or the sand from the cement.

Lawrence Durrell on islomania: "a rare but by no means unknown affliction of the spirit".

“…I once found a list of diseases as yet unclassified by medical science, and among these there occurred the word Islomania, which was described as a rare but by no means unknown affliction of spirit. There are people…who find islands somehow irresistible. The mere knowledge that they are on an island, a little world surrounded by the sea, fills them with an indescribable intoxication. These born 'islomanes'…are the direct descendants of the Atlanteans” (from Reflections on a Marine Venus; chapter 1, page 1).

Do you find islands irresistible?

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