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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To view it, click here. Leigh Fermor, dashingly played by Dirk Bogarde, was part of a team of British Special Operations Executive operatives who infiltrated the German occupied island to organize the Cretan resistance.

A Time of Gifts | Patrick Leigh Fermor

A Time of Gifts: I was still the only passenger in the train and this solitary entry, under cover of night and hushed by snow, completed the illusion that I was slipping into Rotterdam, and into Europe, through a secret door. A Time of Gifts: But the moment a farmhouse or a village impinged, I was in the world of Peter Brueghel.

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At age 18, finding himself kicked out of school and wanting to become a writer, he set off to walk from the Hook of Holland to Constantinople, following two of Europe’s most significant rivers. May 22, Eric rated it it was amazing Shelves: Stay in Touch Sign up.

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Snow was piling up on the shoulders of a statue of Erasmus. It’s all in the approach. Lists with This Book. A gong tinkled and the steward led me back into the saloon.


A curve in the stream was re-arranging patricm landscape as I advanced, revealing some of the roofs of Esztergom and turning the Basilica to a new angle as though it were on a pivot. Create a free website or blog at WordPress. 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.

A Time of Gifts

We have here all the makings of a literary adventure: From ruins further from the shore the land sloped more gently, and vineyards and orchards descended in layers to the tree-reflecting banks. In the interim the author has matured and further increased his knowledge and ability to express himself.

Nowhere is this more apparent than in the conclusion to the most intimate episode of the sequence. Fermor is considered by many to be one of the great travel writers in our time. The towered headlands dropped sheer, the liquid arcs flowed round them in semicircles.

Architecture, art, genealogy, quirks of history and language are all devoured – and here giftw on – with a gusto uniquely his — Colin Thubron, Sunday Telegraph. It wasn’t unusual, back then, for parents to abandon their children to relatives for such patriotic tasks.

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. Seeing it, someone skilled in prophecy and the meaning of symbols could have foretold that three-quarters of the old city below would go up in explosion and flame a few years later; to rise again in a geometry of skyscraping concrete blocks.

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: Not that they simply might have been lost in the war to come but that hospitable and generous world where a teenager from England would be sheltered and even better, royally entertained disappeared as well.


For every night he had to sleep in a barn or on a pub floor, there was a stay of comfort or even opulence. Often, yes, but he can also be charming and winsomely jejune. Sep 07, David rated it did not like it Shelves: Now, I am being rather unduly harsh towards a book that is generally good-natured and light-hearted.

For five years, Ben Coates lived alongside a major channel of the river in Rotterdam, crossing it daily, swimming and sailing in its tributaries. The holidays pass and on 11 February he turns His descriptions of the landscape and the people he interacted with are as fresh as if they happened patrik, and yet he was reconstructing this journey nearly 40 years after the fact.

At the time of his departurethe Nazis have just come into power pagrick Germany and Fermor walks through that fair country, giving us the odd juxtaposition patrixk ideologues and Black Forest stereotypes, fanatics and Old Or Romantics.

The archway at the top of these shallow steps, avoiding the threatened anticlimax of a flattened ogee, deviated in two round-topped lobes on either side with a right-angeled central cleft slashed deep between the cusps. In Leigh Fermor’s publisher John Murray announced that it would publish the final volume, drawing from his diary at the time and an early draft that he wrote in the s; [3] The Broken Roadedited by Artemis Cooperwas published in September View all 7 comments.

Though he was a terrible student — a scrapper and practical joker it seems — he ended up a formidable linguist, who, only a few years later during the war, along with his unit–he was in uniform by then–successfully kidnapped a German general in Crete. It is like reconstructing a brontosaur from half an eye socket and a basket full of bones.