Island: How Islands Transform the World

By

Island is a compact but dense study of ocean islands from cultural, biological, geological, literary, and historical perspectives. There is much interesting information in this small volume. Islands constitute the majority of the world’s smallest countries; islands are distinguished by an astonishing variety of fauna and flora, much of which is unique to the island environment; and, with their volcanic origins, are a microcosm of the development of life on the planet.

Separate chapters describe the storytelling traditions and creation myths of islands, their actual geological formation, the discovery and population of islands by humans and other species, and the island as a place in literature and imagination. The wealth of fascinating detail makes for an instructive and entertaining read. In Island, author Chamberlin represents ocean and lake islands as standing for “much of what we dread, and much of what we desire… they may well define what it is to be human.”

Share this review

Available from June 10th

The wait is over for the eighth Outlander novel!

Details

Publisher

Published

Genre

Period

Price
(US) $19.95

ISBN
(US) 9781933346564

Format
Paperback

Pages
256

Review

Appeared in

Reviewed by