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Three Letters from the Andes
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 23 April 2002
Although written in 1971 in the last days of people who seem to find the time away from real life to partake of the 'Grand Tour', this book is an excellent account of travel in the Andes. Colourful descriptions of the Quecha and Aymara peoples with an eye for painting a picture of the mountains, the flora and the fauna. Read this book after you come back from the Inca trail and you will be transported back to your holiday !!!
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The letters, as others have remarked, are the lightest and least worked over prose that PLF produced, yet nevertheless are truely remarkable for their human interest and attention to detail. They describe a trip taken to Peru for some serious climbing high up in the Andes, starting at Cuzco, but also include time spent near Lake Titicaca and before the return departure, in Lima the city capital. He left London with a group of friends forming part of a larger group of members of the Andean Society that had chartered a plane to pursue their own special interests in the American sub-continent. These friends were Robin and Renée Fedden, André Choremi, Patrick Kinross, Carl Natar, Miles Hilyard and lastly Andrew, Duke of Devonshire, perhaps Patrick's closest chum.

How many in these days of SMS and e-mailing can bother to write complete sentences, let alone descriptive accounts that can penetratingly evoke real life experiences ? But we are in 1971, nearly a quarter century short of the Internet. Read these letters - it is surely the next best thing to having actually participated !
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
I became interested in Patrick Leigh Fermor after reading of his recent death. Unfortunately, the evocative, literary yet easy-to-read quality of his early work is entirely absent here and reads, like another reviewer says, as if they were dashed off in a hurry rather than meditated and worked upon.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 18 June 2011
On the sad news of his recent death I can only concur with the obits calling him a Byronic figure. They say that he struggled over each line of every book but these letters appear light, informative and as though dashed off between evening drinks.
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on 25 November 2013
AS with his other writings Patrick Leigh Fermor delights with his impressive descriptions and humour. To those of us who have not visited the Andes it is almost as good as going there.
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on 19 July 2014
HAVE BEEN O PERU THE SAME YEAR! I WAS FOLLOWING MY TRIP THROUGH HIS LETTERS...
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on 9 February 2015
Met every (very high) expectation. Fast, easy, very good read
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on 14 June 2015
Yes, one of his best. Travel writing is what he does best.
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