The Islanders Week 10: Declare to Hissing Waters
RAWTHERSAY 1: Declare/Sing
- Rawthersay is a developed island of temperate climate.
- It's one of 5000 islands located in Quietude Bay near the south continent.
- It's main economic interests are sheep farming, coal mining, and the arts.
- It's home to a minor university; its most famous alumnus is the social activist ELSA WANN CAURER, who was a native of the island.
- During her time as student, Caurer founded a literary magazine called Free!
- She famously wrote a review, published in Free!, of CHASTER KAMMESTON's third novel, called Stationed. She was one of the first to recognize Kammeston as a noteworthy author.
- She went on two write three important plays which inspired social reform in the archipelago: Woman Gone, The Autumn of Recognition, and The Reconstruction.
- After this she turned to writing non-fiction books that tackled difficult societal issues, including feudalism, the law, and the plight of deserters.
- Later in life, she established Caurer Special Schools to teach social studies. She also began to use a double for public appearances (whom we know to be DANT WILLER from a previous entry).
- She was last seen in public travelling to attend Chaster Kammeston's funeral on Piquay. She was hounded by the press along the way.
- She died shortly after her return to Rawthersay, though this happened to quietly that some think it may have been faked.
- The entry concludes with a list of the Caurer memorabilia that can be found on display in various places.
RAWTHERSAY 2: Spoor
- This entry is as a piece of fiction (as opposed to a 'factual' entry, I suppose) called TRACE.
- If you recall from last week, Trace, or Spoor, was the name Kammeston gave to his concept of the trail of a person's life and it's connection to place.
- This piece of writing called TRACE appears to be a very personal account of Caurer's visit to Kammeston's funeral.
REEVER: Hissing Waters
- Reever is one of a group is islands near the equator.
- It is mainly known for fishing and as a good place to witness the temporal vortex phenomenon.
- DEDELER AGLETT is credited with being the first to observe and study the vortices.
- The concept of vortices are somewhat expanded upon in this entry, especially with respect to their effect on plane travel.
- Perhaps not surprisingly, Reever also has an artist colony. It was here that RASCAR ACIZZONE founded the 'Tactilist School' (which somehow involves 'ultrasound microcircuitry'.
- Acizzone was arrested for something - we don't learn what - and as a result, many of the people that he inspired have attempted to distance themselves from him.
- How do the two Rawthersay entries compare or contrast to the two Piquay entries we read last week. On the surface, their formats are similar (an island description followed by a personal account), but are they similar in substance? Opposites?
- How does the account of Caurer's visit to Piquay illustrate the idea of a Trace?
- About her play, The Autumn of Recognition, Caurers once said that if one reversed the order of the acts, removed certain scenes, omitted the music, and reversed the genders of the actors, then the play's real meaning would be revealed. Do you think Priest is playing a similar game with The Islanders?
- We learn a little more about Vortices and their effect on the flight of planes. On Reever, one can look up and see a 'stack of aircraft passing overhead, all of them pointing in different directions, the spiraling condensation trails spreading out across the blue sky.' Is this a metaphor for people? A novel? An author's body of work? For this book in particular?