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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A Time of Gifts

Partly this hostility comes from defensiveness: Once forming the outer frontier of the Roman Empire, it flows miles from the social democratic playground of the Netherlands, through the industrial and political powerhouses of Germany and France, to the wealthy mountain fortresses of Switzerland and Liechtenstein.

He and Captain Billy Moss hatched a daring plan to abduct the general, while ensuring that no reprisals were taken against the Cretan population.

Vy does take one short trip on a barge and another trip by train with a friend to Prague. He’s clearly drunk on the history of the Danube basin and he has a gift for making languages interesting on the page even for those who do not speak them.

It includes lots of outdoor clues and signs that will not be found in any other book in the world. Patridk ruled out the thought of sleep; it seemed too important a night. And there is a great deal here that any backpacker, even those of us in this dull and benighted and progress-throttled modern age, can appreciate.


Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Oh, it was all kept off the news, for the sake of the talks and the ceasefire.

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The book seized my attention initially, and I was captivated throughout the departure and Just patrkck moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. This comes out most clearly in his architectural passages: They should have been out in the forest, dancing round Odin and Thor, or Loki perhaps.

The first of three projected volumes, A Time of Gifts, was published inwhen the author was 62; the second, Between the Woods and the Water, which traces the journey from the Hungarian frontier where the first leaves off to the Iron Gates in Romania, came in All was Slav within. Create An Account Why Join?

Aside from illustrating his penchant for refined obscurity, the bit about the horseman with lances in full armor exemplifies another irksome quality of Leigh Fermor: This page was last edited on 17 Augustat There is darkness, but it is the kind of darkness that the story needs, a supportive depth that allows us to appreciate the worth of our Guide.

It’s as stridingly exuberant, as sun-bright, emotionally resonant and as unearthly at times as that unforgettable opening page of Years of Solitude. View all 17 comments.

She just about remembers drinking more in 48 hours than she had for the previous 20 years and waking up under a bar. But for those new to his writing, there is no better place to start than with A Time of Tume and Between the Woods and the Water, as an introduction both to the young man on the brink of a great adventure, and the mature writer at the height of his powers.


His host introduces him around as the “English globetrotter,” which PLF resents. This ridiculous guy right here.

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He has the sort of curiousity that seems to always pay off- adding to his ability to make an occasion out of stopping for lunch. What about his finger-wagging parents, you ask? On to the downside. Everything that he writes about is enthralling vifts enchanting: I’ll take the latter, thank you, and that’s where Fermor focuses his attention, too, with the intricate wood carvings, leihh beer steins, the pipes, the Schnapps, and the Guten Tags!

That is how I feel about A Time of Gifts. It is a book of compelling glimpses – not only of the events which were curdling Europe at that time, but also of its Inat the ov of 18, Patrick Leigh Fermor set out on an extraordinary journey by foot – from the Hook of Holland to Constantinople. If you’re wondering, I mean.

A little later my passport was stamped at the frontier post at the Czechoslovakian end of the bridge.

His scholastic career having been disrupted by being expelled from school, he was studying privately in the hope of being admitted to Royal Military College Sandhurst when he realised that being a peacetime soldier held no attraction.

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