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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book, excellent author, fascinating subject, 16 Oct. 2012
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This review is from: Patrick Leigh Fermor: An Adventure (Hardcover)
In less steady hands, this could have so easily become a sychophantic homage to a revered subject and it would be all the weaker for it. While clearly admiring her subject Artemis Cooper also recognizes that Patrick Leigh Fermor was not everyone's "cup of tea", and recounts many hilarious anecdotes that serve to humanize him. I particularly like the cringe-worthy meeting with Somerset Maughn, as well as the impetuous decision to observe one of the Greek civil wars on a borrowed horse. the book dispels many of the myths surrounding him and will undoubtedly form the base for a lot of scholarly analysis of a fascinating life. The portrayal of PLF's wife Joan and his close friend Xan Fielding also come to life in Cooper's writing.

I am an unabashed fan of the subject, Like a lot of Fermor's books I'm sure I will take pleasure inre-reading this . I also sincerely hope that the success of this book leads to a reprint or "kindlizing" of Cooper's book, Cairo during the War - which deserves a retread.
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Initial post: 26 Oct 2012 23:25:34 BDT
I have to be honest Jimbo60, I read a review of this book a few weeks ago and thought he sounded like a most interesting chap and then completely forgot his name . I must confess to not having heard of him before but after your review I shall give him a thorough going over. Thank you!

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Nov 2012 11:04:25 GMT
But you MUST read Leigh Fermor's book ~ " A Time of Gifts " ~ wonderful travel story !

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Jan 2013 11:08:55 GMT
Geezer says:
And "Between the Woods and the Water" is even better.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Oct 2013 13:21:33 BDT
I couldn't agree more, Ms Stanier, as A Time of Gifts is one of my all-time favourite books. Patrick Leigh Fermor had such an insatiable curiosity for people and places and, it has to be said, he fetched up in some fabulous places on his trip. Between the Woods and the Water is a great read too, particularly his time in Romania.
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