Joan P., January 21, 2012 (view all comments by Joan P.)
A precocious 17-year old youth travels by foot in the 1930's across Europe and writes about it as he goes. Patrick was a rebellious and very smart child. (Today he might be diagnosed with ADD!) Reading this book is a very entertaining way to learn some history, how to get along with people, and how to be courageous in a variety of situations. Leigh Fermor has written many books - add them all to your list. You won't be sorry. I wish I could have known this remarkable man.
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KirstenReads, January 4, 2012 (view all comments by KirstenReads)
If Patrick Leigh Fermor were to hold up a sign while hitching on the highway, it might say: "Lovable scamp. Gives good prose. Charming conversationalist. Will cheerfully eat or drink anything you offer. Will feature you in book."
I would totally give him a ride. You should, too.
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Joan Murray, April 14, 2011 (view all comments by Joan Murray)
In 1934 an 18 year old upper class Englishman, without much future in school or the military, decides, for lack of money, to walk from England to Greece. He convinces his father to send him four pounds a month to designated stops along his projected route and he sets off with a volume of Horace and a blank journal in his rucksack. He stays close to the Rhine and eventually the Danube, tries to remain true to his intention not to accept rides of any sort, but since he leaves England in December, bad weather sometimes weakens this resolve and he finds himself traveling in every type of conveyance except an airplane. Needless to say he meets a wide array of people enroute that he would never have met in his ordinary life. Leigh Fermor writes beautifully and his "reading" of the landscape as he moves through it will drive most of us into other books, paintings, music and perhaps, personal memories of the same geography. I didn't want A Time of Gifts to end, but when it did, I read the 2nd volume of this travel diary, Between the Water and the Woods, and although Fermor is now in his 90s, he is writing the last volume which I eagerly await!
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