An island in time the biography of a village geert mak ann kelland on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers a fascinating account from a highly acclaimed writer of the life and charming inhabitants of a typical countryside village. A fascinating account from a highly acclaimed writer 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 the countryside is in crisis the shops are closing down in the villages there is no school for . The author who is a historian spent a few months living in a small village in friesland got to know the people in the village and wrote about the changes that the village had undergone between 1945 and 1995 both by describing the changes in a national context government policies the things one hears in the news the results of surveys . In this book geert mak returns to the small frisian village of his childhood jorwert pop 330 and falling its 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 its becoming increasingly isolated. Mak is goodon 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
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