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A TIME OF GIFTS: On Foot to Constantinople: From the Hook of Holland to the Middle Danube

BETWEEN THE WOODS AND THE WATER: On Foot to Constantinople: From The Middle Danube to the Iron Gates

THE BROKEN ROAD: From the Iron Gates to Mt. Athos

Author: Patrick Leigh Fermor

At the age of eighteen, Leigh Fermor set off from the heart of London on an epic journey—to walk to Constantinople.  The journey that he began in 1933—to cross Europe on foot with an ‘emergency’ allowance of a pound a day—proved so rich in experiences that when much later he sat down to describe them, they overflowed into more than one volume. Undertaken as the storms of war gathered, and providing a context for unfolding events in Central Europe, this journey has captivated generations.

At once a memoir of coming-of-age, an account of a journey, and a dazzling exposition of the English language, these volumes present a portrait of a continent already showing ominous signs of the holocaust to come.

A Time of Gifts is the rich and sparkling account of Leigh Fermor's adventures as far as Hungary.  Acclaimed for its sweep and intelligence, the book explores a remarkable moment in time. Hitler has just come to power but war is still ahead, as he walks through a Europe soon to be forever changed—through the Lowlands to Mitteleuropa, to Teutonic and Slav heartlands, through the baroque remains of the Holy Roman Empire, up the Rhine and down to the Danube. The opening of Between the Woods and the Water finds Leigh Fermor crossing the Danube, at the moment where the first volume left off. He takes the reader with him downriver to Budapest, then on horseback across the Great Hungarian Plain and over the Rumanian border into Transylvania. Remote castles, mountain villages, monasteries and towering ranges that are the haunt of bears, wolves, eagles, gypsies and a variety of sects are all savored in the approach to the Iron Gates dividing the Carpathian mountains and the Balkans where, for now, the account ends. The Broken Road is the long-awaited account of the final leg of this youthful adventure that Leigh Fermor promised but was unable to finish before his death in 2011. Assembled from his manuscripts by his biographer Artemis Cooper and the travel writer Colin Thubron, the book catches up with young Paddy in the fall of 1934, follows him through Bulgaria and Romania to the coast of the Black Sea, and ends with his arrival in Greece, the country he would fall in love with, fight for, and make his home. Perhaps the most personal of all his books, this one brings a wonderful literary adventure to a delightful and memorable end.
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