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A Time of Gifts,
By A Customer
This review is from: A Time of Gifts: On Foot to Constantinople: from the Hook of Holland to the Middle Danube (Paperback)
This book and it's companion Between the Woods and the Water are an enchantment rather than a literary experience. The printed words disolve instantly into brilliant pictures: sodden, grey London in December; magical images conjoured from distorted light on ripples of oily Thames water; magestic images of Storks soaring above red tiled rooves in Hungary, the keen bite of the wind coming over snow fields in Holland and the exhillaration of a sledge rushing over a frozen river. This is hardly prose at all, and sometimes it seems to get to somewhere beyond poetry.