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3.0 out of 5 stars After such a long wait, a bit of a disappointment, 1 Oct 2013
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This review is from: The Broken Road: From the Iron Gates to Mount Athos (Kindle Edition)
Don't get me wrong, much of it is in PLF's inimitable style, and frankly it's a great relief to (almost) finish the journey having been stuck in limbo at the Iron Gates for several years since reading volume 2.

But of course having been compiled by his biographer and literary executor from the notes he left behind, it's not exactly what PLF would have written had he finished it himself. I was particularly disappointed by whole sections that PLF couldn't remember, and by the inclusion of quite a lot of material about what happened to Romania and Bulgaria after the impending war and from some of PLF's subsequent visits - which all feels rather like padding and an unnecessary diversion.

In my view it doesn't work as a stand-alone piece of literature, so if you haven't read the first two volumes don't start here. If you have, then it completes the journey, and the trilogy.

This book documents, in a slightly unsatisfactory manner, the final missing piece from what was, by any measure, an extraordinary life.
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Initial post: 14 Oct 2013 14:15:44 BDT
Brian Butler says:
thanks you--my feeling exactly. I am somwehat surprised by the tone of most of the reviews--despite all that is good here, it does fall well below the level of the frist two. 5 stars is way over the top.

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Posted on 25 Oct 2013 10:57:59 BDT
A useful comment. I'll have it as a Christmas present, given I have read Time of Gifts and Between the Woods and the Water. Always a problem when a writer, or for that matter, a composer dies.
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