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Book review: Islands: From Atlantis to Zanzibar by Stephen Roger Fischer


Brinklow, L, Book review: Islands: From Atlantis to Zanzibar by Stephen Roger Fischer, Island Studies Journal, 8, (1) pp. 184-185. ISSN 1715-2593 (2013) [Letter or Note in Journal]

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It is pretty much guaranteed that any book that references "A-Z" in its title will cut a wide swath. Indeed, given the scope of Islands: From Atlantis to Zanzibar, with chapters devoted to the geology, biology, human settlement, industry, politics, literature, visual arts, and psychology of islands encompassing the entire globe from prehistory to present day the book could just as easily have been called A short history of the world as seen through islands. If the author was aiming for sheer breadth, Islands does not disappoint. But even with his stated purpose to capture "the recurrent constants" among islands, it is pretty much guaranteed that with over a million islands in the world, each with what he calls its own "noteworthy narrative," a 336-page book is just an introduction.

Item Details

Item Type:Letter or Note in Journal
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Other language, communication and culture
Research Field:Other language, communication and culture not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in language, communication and culture
UTAS Author:Brinklow, L (Ms Laurie Brinklow)
ID Code:85683
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:Geography and Environmental Studies
Deposited On:2013-07-29
Last Modified:2013-07-29

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