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A Time of Gifts

On Foot to Constantinople: From the Hook of Holland to the Middle Danube

In 1933, at the age of 18, Patrick Leigh Fermor set out on an extraordinary journey by foot - from the Hook of Holland to Constantinople. A Time of Gifts is the first volume in a trilogy recounting the trip, and takes the reader with him as far as Hungary.

It is a book of compelling glimpses - not only of the events which were curdling Europe at that time, but also of its resplendent domes and monasteries, its great rivers, the sun on the Bavarian snow, the storks and frogs, the hospitable burgomasters who welcomed him, and that world´s grandeurs and courtesies. His powers of recollection have astonishing sweep and verve, and the scope is majestic.

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[Fermor's] gloriously ornate account of that epic journey is a classic of what we might call the 'literature of the leg' Robert Macfarlane, Waitrose Weekend
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In December 1933, at the age of eighteen, Patrick Leigh Fermor (1915-2011) walked across Europe, reaching Constantinople in early 1935. He travelled on into Greece, where in Athens he met Balasha Cantacuzene, with whom he lived - mostly in Rumania - until the outbreak of war. Serving in occupied Crete, he led a successful operation to kidnap a German general, for which he won the DSO and was once described by the BBC as 'a cross between Indiana Jones, James Bond and Graham Greene'. After the war he began writing, and travelled extensively round Greece with Joan Eyres Monsell whom he later married. Towards the end of his life he wrote the first two books about his early trans-European odyssey, A Time of Gifts and Between the Woods and the Water. He planned a third, unfinished at the time of his death in 2011, which has since been edited by Colin Thubron and Artemis Cooper and published as The Broken Road.
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Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 384
Erscheinungsdatum 18.07.2013
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-0-7195-6695-0
Verlag Hodder And Stoughton
Maße (L/B/H) 195/128/30 mm
Gewicht 265
Verkaufsrang 10.545
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