A memoir of a little-known corner of EuropePatrick Garland has had a house in a small village on Corsica since the 60s. He has returned year after year and watched as the traditional way of life of this one village gradually fades away and surrenders to the encroachment of tourism and modern life. Whenever a village elder dies, they take with them knowledge and traditions which have not been passed on to their successors. Garland is a consummate storyteller and weaves together the experiences he has had and the tales he has been told over his long acquaintance with the island. This is a charming and moving portrait of a way of life and a community which will soon be lost.