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More of a fool's errand.,
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This review is from: Walking the Woods and the Water: In Patrick Leigh Fermor's footsteps from the Hook of Holland to the Golden Horn - A Time of Gifts, Between the Woods & the Water and The Broken Road (Paperback)
A re-enactment of Patrick Leigh Fermor's famous walk decades later could have been triumph; but this book isn't it. Unlike his hero, the author of this plodding tome is keen to avoid being academic or especially knowledgeable about European culture and instead invites us to celebrate his own dull and limited understanding. Tiresome and grey descriptive passages give way to wet, utterly useless observations - `To think that some of these birds may be direct descendants of those Paddy saw' - well yes...and?
When there is an `and' it is normally a gateway into some thinly veiled polemic on the evils of capitalism and technology, coupled with a schoolboy joy that hash/pot is legal to buy in the Netherlands. It can help `pass the time' we are told; or it can bring on paranoid schizophrenia.
We are also told that the author had started a explanatory letter, but sadly Paddy was dead by the time he had finished the walk...truly then there is mercy in the heavens. For a man like Leigh-Fermor who could converse on classical-greek poetry with the captured German General Kreipe, however generous his spirit, would recognise nothing of value in this.
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Initial post: 5 May 2014 13:05:49 BDT
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hertfordshire bibliopile says:
I agree , disappointing book and sick already ( and I'm not out of Germany yet), of the left leaning comments rather than showing any understanding of the history of what he is seeing
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