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Gifted but flawed,
This review is from: Patrick Leigh Fermor: An Adventure (Paperback)
This well written book should be read in three parts. The first part - covering paddy's early life and his walk across Europe and his wartime escapades - are fascinating and deserve everyone's admiration. The second part - effectively covering the twenty years after the second world war- is less edifying and SM's somewhat unkind description of Paddy as "a middle class gigolo for upper class women" does have a large slice of truth. Indeed it is hard to think of Paddy surviving during this period without the incredible support, understanding and generous nature of Joan, his eventual wife. In the third part paddy finally gets his act together and writes what is generally regarded as some of the best travel literature of the twentieth century. A fascinating flawed character which the author evenly portrays, warts and all. I suspect most women would have found Paddy in his prime irresistible. A lot of men, however, would, I suspect, have found him good company for a weekend but perhaps a bit much for a full week - but what a weekend.