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An Island in Time

The Biography of a Village

Author: Geert Mak  

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A fascinating account of the life and charming inhabitants of a typical countryside village, and how it must adapt and change in order to survive in the modern world.

In this book Geert Mak returns to the small Frisian village of his childhood, Jorwert (pop. 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.

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A fascinating account of the life and charming inhabitants of a typical countryside village, and how it must adapt and change in order to survive in the modern world.

In this book Geert Mak returns to the small Frisian village of his childhood, Jorwert (pop. 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.

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The Biography of a Village.

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Critic Reviews

“"Movingly relevant."”

"Eloquent" Guardian "Movingly relevant" Irish Times "Nowhere has the silent rural revolution been described more beautifully and with mroe feeling." Volkskrant "This book is not just about Jorwerd, it is about all the villages in the world, the oldest community known to man, where all our ancestors, our collective memories, our highest values and most beautiful stories originate." NRC Handelsblad "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

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About the Author

Geert Mak is a jounalist and historian, and one of Holland's bestselling writers; his prizewinning books include Amsterdam and In Europe.

Translated by Ann Kelland.

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Geert Mak's classic account of the European countryside in crisis - now with a new introduction from the author. In this book Geert Mak returns to the small Frisian village of his childhood, Jorwerd (population 330 and falling). It's a typical European village where the shops are closing down, it's becoming increasingly isolated, and the few children will escape to a less arduous life in the city. Jorwerd has more in common with an English village than with Amsterdam, and its moving story of neighbourliness and their efforts to preserve their long-established way of life is relevant to the changing face of the countryside everywhere in Europe. 'Eloquent' Guardian 'Nowhere has the silent rural revolution been described more beautifully and with more feeling' Volkskrant 'This book is not just about Jorwerd, it is about all the villages in the world, the oldest community known to man, where all our ancestors, our collective memories, our highest values and most beautiful stories originate' NRC Handelsblad

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Product Details

Publisher
Vintage Publishing | Vintage
Published
2nd September 2010
Pages
304
ISBN
9780099546863
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