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At the age of eighteen, Patrick Leigh Fermor set off from the heart of London on an epic journey—to walk to Constantinople. A Time of Gifts is the rich account of. A Time of Gifts Patrick Leigh Fermor John Murray £, pp One of the most romantic books of the twentieth century, Patrick Leigh Fermor’s. At the age of eighteen, Patrick Leigh Fermor set off from the heart of London on an epic journey—to walk to Constantinople. A Time of Gifts is.

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Woods and parkland on the Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire borders, that is; flocks and fairs and a palace or two, a gy of Cockayne- and Cloud-Cuckoo- and fairyland with stage mountains rather taller than the Cotswolds and full of torrents and caves, haunted by bears and washed, if need be, by an ocean teeming with foundering ships and mermaids.

First published to enormous acclaim, it confirmed Fermor’s reputation as the greatest living travel writer, and has, together with its sequel Between the Woods and the Water the third volume is famously yet to be publishedbeen a perennial seller for 25 years. Pearson says that as they walked around Crete she could barely keep up with him and he was very much like he was in the book; observant of nature, breaking into song and poetry periodically and climbing things.

This book is the record of his journey: Yield not to misfortune: His head is stocked with enough cultural lore and poetic fancy to make every league an adventure.

View all 16 comments. What a marvelous book, and what a ferjor, brilliant, erudite and unbelievably captivating narrator Patrick Leigh Fermor was! He makes much of the memories that never were the landmarks just a few miles out of his way gjfts never knew about, the events he arrived just after or before, the art he did not properly appreciatewhich gfits an narrative about s Europe seems an appropriate topic. He had the foresight to arrange a number of introductions on the vy.

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The nyrb edition is one smart-looking text sporting my favorite painter Brueghel the Elder on the cover. I found his observations and descriptions to be uncannily accurate. At the age of eighteen, Patrick Leigh Fermor set fer,or from the heart of London on an epic journey–to walk to Constantinople.


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This book contains the travel writings of The reader may think that Gigts am lingering too long over these pages. You cannot find better. It’s a brilliant book, elegantly written: As we have seen by now, castles beyond counting had been looming along the river.

Leigh Fermor has the optimism and enthusiasm of youth; but he also had good powers of observation and the ability to make friends easily. I made a second long entry in my journal — it was becoming a passion — and while the landlord polished his glasses and cups and arranged them in glittering ranks, dawn broke, with the snow still coming down against the lightening sky. For a travel book from the presence of the Nazis is little noted.

Some storytellers outshine the story- Fermor is one of these. European culture and history is leighh open book in his hands and what a wonderful and profoundly strange place it is! Fermor is tremendously erudite, which can be marvelously fun when you are dealing with intersecting interests the 30 year war, the early migrations of peoples in Europe bot at other times can grow quite ponderous, as for instance the phenomenally rococo descriptions of steeples and church naves.

But the squad’s feared sniper suddenly refuses to fight, and the SAS are sent in to crush this rogue terror cell before it can wreck the fragile truce, and drag the whole region back to the darkest days of the Troubles. So he experienced life from both sides, and with all the senses, absorbing everything: Few people living at the time would have regarded the early Thirties as a golden age, ppatrick has posterity been kind to the period that W.

He is 19 years of age. Oct 03, Pages Buy. She just about remembers drinking more in 48 hours than she had for the previous 20 years and waking up under a bar. This gy volume of that journey describes his experiences until he arrived at the borders of Hungary, subsequent volumes picking up the story at that point.


An Patrick Leigh Fermor, when he was eighteen, decided to walk from London to Constantinope, and this is the first third of that trip. They were waiting with the door open and we burst into a dance.

It can be hard work to read but it’s blazingly evocative of a vanished, perhaps fairytale pre-war Europe. Duringthe eighteen year old Patrick Leigh Fermor, recently expelled from school after an innocent, unconsummated townie flirtation, walked, barge-floated, rode horseback, hitckhiked lorries, Bugattis, woodcutter sledgesbut mostly walked from Rotterdam to Constantinople.

Apr 28, Tine Polansky added it Shelves: His tendency to fetishize learning and his romanticism are, I think, both symptoms of a deeper malady: He does take one short trip on a barge and another trip by train with a friend to Prague. But them that were around that part of the country remember every bit.

The whole kingdom was revealed. Filled with dim early morning light, the concavity of grey masonry and whitewash joined in pointed arches high overhead and the floor diminished along patricl nave in a chessboard of black and white flagstones. Rather early on in this book, Fermor makes glancing reference to his time in Crete when he captured a German general and secreted him away in a cave, something for which he would ever be famous.

Jun 02, William2 rated it really liked it Shelves: He never expected to encounter new friendships – and possibly even love – along the way.

Romantic journey

We need to use cookies to do this. No beetling cliffs, no Arnoldian crash of pebbles. But in the end, true to form, I have decided that my instincts are not misfiring, and that this book is not quite the masterpiece it has been made out to be.

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