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A Time of Gifts: On Foot to Constantinople: from the Hook of Holland to the Middle Danube (Paperback)
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A Time of Gifts: On Foot to Constantinople: from the Hook of Holland to the Middle Danube (Paperback)

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Published: 15/03/2004

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In 1933, at the age of 18, Patrick Leigh Fermor set out on an extraordinary journey by foot - from the Hook of Holland to Constantinople. A Time of Gifts is the first volume in a trilogy recounting the trip, and takes the reader with him as far as Hungary.

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. His powers of recollection have astonishing sweep and verve, and the scope is majestic.

Publisher: John Murray Press
ISBN: 9780719566950
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 274 g
Dimensions: 198 x 154 x 26 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Nothing short of a masterpiece - Jan Morris

[Fermor's] gloriously ornate account of that epic journey is a classic of what we might call the 'literature of the leg' - Robert Macfarlane, Waitrose Weekend

A treasure chest of descriptive writing - Spectator

Not only is the journey one of physical adventure but of cultural awakening. Architecture, art, genealogy, quirks of history and language are all devoured - and here passed on - with a gusto uniquely his - Colin Thubron, Sunday Telegraph

Every page of this book is distinguished by an image, a metaphor, a flash of humour always original and sometimes as incisive as a laser beam. - Vincent Cronin

A tremendous journey ... and he's fabulous company - Manchester Evening News

This is a traveller's tale at its infectious and informative best; vividly remembered and beautifully written - Church Times

John Murray is doing the decent thing and reissuing all of Leigh Fermor's main books ... But what else would you expect from a publisher whose commitment to geography is such that for more than two centuries it has widened our understanding of the world? - Geographical Magazine

Rightly considered to be among the most beautiful travel books in the language - Independent

Bringing the landscape alive as no other writer can, he uses his profound and eclectic understanding of cultures and peoples ... to paint vivid pictures - nobody has illuminated the geography of Europe better - Geographical Magazine

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“Great travel book”

In 1933, at the age of 19, Fermor decided that he wanted to walk across Europe to Constantinople. Starting in Holland, after catching the boat from London, he has his passport, a little money, a small bag of... More

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“Surprisingly, still a road less travelled”

In 1994, for reasons I still cannot explain easily, I made my first independent trip to Austria. I flew into Munich and then continued onwards by train, first to Salzburg and then to Vienna. It was a revelation. The... More

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“Travel writing at its best”

You have to take this book gently and relish a time past when life was slower and all things over the water were were exotic .

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