How Islands Transform the World

Paperback - 2013
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Islands have been at the heart of our desires, and our fears, forever. *Island* tells the groundbreaking story of humans and islands, and islands and nature, from the beginning of time to the present. Drawing on history, literature, art, anthropology, biology, and earth science, *Island* explores the human settlement of islands--including the seafaring skills required to cross the seas--and describes in vivid detail the spectacular flora and fauna of islands as well as their earth-shattering geology. It shows that ever since humans have been traveling and telling tales, they have been fascinated by islands. Creation stories around the world speak of land rising out of the water, and there are many literary island encounters--from Noah to Prospero and Gulliver, and from Ulysses to Robinson Crusoe and the Count of Monte Cristo. In real life, too, sailors and settlers, explorers and scientists, pirates and artists, have all been drawn to islands. The story of islands is also the story of our planet, from its beginning as an island in space to the contemporary appearance and disappearance of islands in the cycles of climate change and seismic upheavals.
Publisher: Katonah, N.Y. : Blue Bridge Books, [2013]
ISBN: 9781933346922
Branch Call Number: 909.0942
Characteristics: xiv, 241 pages ; 22 cm


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Jun 03, 2015

With a meandering, informative, and upbeat tone, this book describes islands literally, scientifically, and metaphorically.

Jul 22, 2013

I would have rated this book higher if there had not been so many pages with overly long sentences (53+words). The overuse of dashes and parentheses became annoying. That said, the book covers an interesting & diverse range of topics detailing the unique relationship between humans and islands. The inclusion of a few maps would greatly enhance the reading.


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Jun 22, 2013

this is a fascinating look at islands from several view points, biology, geology, myth and literature. It examines several islands in particular and the fascination they exert on us


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