Praise for Patrick Leigh Fermor:
"One of the greatest travel writers of all time"-"The Sunday Times"
"A unique mixture of hero, historian, traveler and writer; the last and the greatest of a generation whose like we won't see again."-"Geographical"
"The finest traveling companion we could ever have . . . His head is stocked with enough cultural lore and poetic fancy to make every league an adventure." -"Evening Standard"
If all Europe were laid waste tomorrow, one might do worse than attempt to recreate it, or at least to preserve some sense of historical splendor and variety, by immersing oneself in the travel books of Patrick Leigh Fermor."--Ben Downing, "The Paris Review"
Praise for "A Time of Gifts" and "Between the Woods and the Water," the first two volume in the trilogy:
"This is a glorious feast, the account of a walk in 1934 from the Hook of Holland to what was then Constantinople. The 18-year-old Fermor began by sleeping in barns but, after meeting some landowners early on, got occasional introductions to castles. So he experienced life from both sides, and with all the senses, absorbing everything: flora and fauna, art and architecture, geography, clothing, music, foods, religions, languages. Writing the book decades after the fact, in a baroque style that is always rigorous, never flowery, he was able to inject historical depth while still retaining the feeling of boyish enthusiasm and boundless curiosity. This is the first of a still uncompleted trilogy; the second volume, "Between the Woods and the Water," takes him through Hungary and Romania; together they capture better than any books I know the remedial, intoxicating joy of travel." -- Thomas Swick, "South Florida Sun-Sentinel"
"Recovers the innocence and the excitement of youth, when everything was possible and the world seemed luminescent with promise. ...Even more magical...through Hungary, its lost province of Transylvania, and into Romania.show more