- Aug 2, 2001
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This double-meaning of "desert" is responsible, I suppose, for the cliché of the cartoon desert-island, which was depicted as a tiny oasis of sand and palms in the midst of the ocean. In fact, the desert-island is very much a literary invention, so far as being washed-up on one is concerned. Even Alexander Selkirk requested his isolation on one!