Nice Summary of Island Knowledge,
This review is from: Geography Of Islands (Routledge Studies in Human Geography) (Library Binding)
This is a nice little book with tidbits and observations about small islands and the difficulties associated with living on them. The author's writing style is a bit dry, perhaps, and he evidently cannot reconcile himself to the fact that the US invaded Grenada in 1983, not the next year, as he repeatedly asserts (as a history buff, this is an annoyance others might not share.)He uses the British island of St. Helena as a demonstrative case of all the problems remote tiny specks in the middle of vast oceans have; insularity, distance, limits on resources, disincentives for the young remaining, etc. Oddly, he mentions the Galapagos islands only once and in passing. I would have thought that those famous islands, now under siege from ecotourism and immigration from Ecuador, would have merited a paragraph at least. All in all, a concise compendium of facts about little known parts of the globe.
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