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A rich life,
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This review is from: Patrick Leigh Fermor: An Adventure (Hardcover)
I first encountered Paddy Leigh Fermor's 'A Time of Gifts' on a long coach journey to Budapest some 20 years ago. The writing was so immediate and vivid that I was instantly drawn to this scholar gypsy figure, and I went on to read a lot more. Artemis Cooper's account of PLF's life is full, informative and fascinating, and captures admirably the complex nature of this extraordinary man. It is a saga of romance and courage, of love and loyalties, but at the same time does not gloss over the human imperfections. The style of the book is erudite and very readable, and Artemis Cooper marshalls her material admirably, leaving me with a picture of a man I would very much like to have met. Alas, I never will.