A Time of Gifts : On Foot To Constantinople: From The Hook Of Holland To The Middle Of Danube (Paperback)

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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 his adventures as far as Hungary, after which "Between the Woods and the Water" continues the story to the Iron Gates that divide the Carpathian and Balkan mountains. Acclaimed for its sweep and intelligence, Leigh Fermor's 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.
At once a memoir of coming-of-age, an account of a journey, and a dazzling exposition of the English language, "A Time of Gifts" is also a portrait of a continent already showing ominous signs of the holocaust to come.

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Publisher Random House Inc
Mfg Part# 9781590171653
SKU 31198343
Format Paperback
ISBN10 1590171659
Release Date 10/10/2005
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Dimensions (in Inches) 8H x 5L x 0.5T
Author Info
Jan Morris
Welsh-born Jan Morris, a highly regarded travel writer, wrote 18 books as "James" before her 1972 sex-change operation, when she was 47, which she wrote about in her most autobiographical work CONUNDRUM. ("It was inevitable--I'd been heading there mentally all my life," she said in an interview.) As a travel writer Morris has set a standard for the genre. In addition to her celebrated books on Oxford and Venice, she has also written about Hong Kong, Manhattan and, in THE MATTER OF WALES, her home country. Her history of Britain, the PAX BRITANNICA trilogy, sold well in that country, and she is, in addition, a highly regarded biographer, essayist, and book reviewer. Morris has been made a Commander of the British Empire by the Queen.
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"Patrick Leigh Fermor is a treasure and a delight."
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Annotation The first volume (of three) describing Fermor's 18-month journey from Holland to Istanbul when he was a young man.
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Number of Pages 0321
Publisher New York Review of Books

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