Monday, December 9, 2013


Majestic Island Worlds is a 1987 book by the National Geographic Society. It includes pictorial chapters on the Galapagos Islands, Japan, Ireland, Bali, New Zealand, and Seychelles.

Whether or not you’ll enjoy this book will depend primarily on whether you enjoy the National Geographic brand of slice-of-life/vignette travel writing (which, personally, I generally find interesting when I already have some general knowledge about a culture (which this isn’t particularly interested in providing) and somewhat tiresome otherwise).

There are a lot of gorgeous photos here, as you’d expect from National Geographic. In fact, I personally could have done with more pictures and less text. Japan, Bali, and Seychelles are particular highlights.

In short, if you like National Geographic, you’ll like this book. If it doesn’t do much for you, well, this is the internet age, and innumerable fantastic nature photos are just a Google away, and at the risk of sounding like some kind of book-eating savage, you may be better off that way.