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    DescriptionWhen William Blacker first crossed the snow-bound passes of northern Romania, he stumbled upon an almost medieval world. There, for many years he lived side by side with the country people, a life ruled by the slow cycle of the seasons, far away from the frantic rush of the modern world. In spring as the pear trees blossomed he ploughed with horses, in summer he scythed the hay meadows and in the freezing winters gathered wood by sleigh from the forest. From sheepfolds harried by wolves, to courting expeditions in the snow, he experienced the traditional way of life to the full, and became accepted into a community who treated him as one of their own. But Blacker was also intrigued by the Gypsies, those dark, foot-loose strangers of spell-binding allure who he saw passing through the village. Locals warned him to stay clear but he fell in love and there followed a bitter struggle. Change is now coming to rural Romania, and William Blacker's adventures will soon be part of its history. From his early carefree days tramping the hills of Transylvania, to the book's poignant ending, Along the Enchanted Way transports us back to a magical country world most of us thought had vanished long ago.

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    Along the Enchanted Way
    A Story of Love and Life in Romania
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) William Blacker
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 320
    Width: 128 mm
    Height: 194 mm
    Thickness: 22 mm
    Weight: 240 g
    ISBN 13: 9780719598005
    ISBN 10: 0719598001

    BIC E4L: BIO
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    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DVWR
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    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 23120
    BISAC V2.8: TRV009000
    DC22: 914
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    DC22: 949.8032092
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    Illustrations note
    Illustrations (chiefly col.), map, ports. (some col.)
    John Murray General Publishing Division
    Imprint name
    John Murray Publishers Ltd
    Publication date
    05 August 2010
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    William Blacker lived in Romania from 1996 to 2004. He now divides his time between England, Italy and Romania. He has contributed articles and photographs to the Daily Telegraph, Ecologist, Art Newspaper and The Times.
    Review quote
    'Wonderful ... A wild and captivating story' Patrick Leigh Fermor This is an enthralling account of highs, lows and lessons learnt Daily Express 'Warm and charming, providing a vivid picture of an immemorial culture in its final moments' Country Life 'A vivid panorama of life in this 'great bubbling cauldron of magic' recounted with humour, poetry and compassion. Enchanted indeed' Wanderlust 'A lyrical description of an almost vanished way of life that many of us, stuck in traffic jams, in call-centre queues and behind supermarket trolleys, probably find ourselves sometimes hankering after' Sunday Times 'Enchantment is the key word. One wonders whether this might be the book of a lifetime, with all its youthful vigour'Every page and paragraph says Blacker is a natural-born writer and teller of great tales' Daily Telegraph Elegantly written with a sharp sense of place and the seasons Independent on Sunday