An Island in Time: The Biography of a Village (Paperback)
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An Island in Time: The Biography of a Village (Paperback)

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Paperback 304 Pages / Published: 02/09/2010
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In this book Geert Mak returns to the small Frisian village of his childhood, Jorwert (pop. 330 and falling). It's a typical European village where the shops are closing down, the few children left will escape to a less arduous life in the city and it's becoming increasingly isolated. Jowert has more in common with an English village than with Amsterdam, and it's moving story of neighbours and their efforts to preserve their long established way of life is relevant to the changing face of the countryside everywhere in Europe.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9780099546863
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 213 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 19 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Eloquent * Guardian *
Movingly relevant * Irish Times *
Mak is good on the pulse of the village, its ebb and flow as people come and go, but running throughout the book is a genuine anger that this is a meritorious way of life we are too eager to dismiss -- Lesley McDowell * Independent of Sunday *
A big subject, neatly summarized, in which he also studies the changes in people's values that take place when they move to big cities, and the role now played by incomers in village life -- Alastair Mabbott * Herald *
Nowhere has the silent rural revolution been described more beautifully and with mroe feeling * Volkskrant *

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