Between the Woods and the Water: On Foot to Constantinople from the Hook of Holland: The Middle Danube to the Iron Gates (John Murray Travel Classics) Paperback – 23 May 2002
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The most enjoyable living writer to be published this year (Peter Levi, The Spectator)
As full of zest, joy and delight as its predecessor (Country Life)
I hae never enjoyed a travel book more and I would doubt if I will ever enjoy one so much again (Robin Lane Fox)
'Between the Woods and the Water' is a book so good your resent finishing it. (Sunday Times)
"The finest travelling companion we could ever have... His head is stocked with cultural lore and poetic fancy to make every league an adventure." Christopher Hudson (Evening Standard)
" [I]n this work he is exploring the very furthest boundaries of the genre." Jan Morris. (The Times)
This text continues Patrick Leigh Fermor's epic account of his journey aged 18 in 1933, from the Hook of Holland to Constantinople. Here, he travels down the Danube from Budapest, across the great Hungarian Plain on horseback, and over the Romanian border to Transylvania.See all Product Description
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The great glory of this book is the trip he makes in Transylvania: it shows a world which no longer exists (Romanian, Hungarians, Swabians etc all living together in one area) and makes one wish to go there immediately.
Leigh Fermor is a polymath and the book is not really travel literature at all, or if it is, it is of a totally different order to anything I have ever read.
Will Leigh Fermor write the promised third part of the great trilogy?
Buy it, read it, and then go buy his other books.
In "Between The Woods And The Water", Paddy travels to Budapest and thence across the Great Hungarian Plain, before travelling through Transylvania and the upper Carpathian Mountains, variously walking, riding on horseback, by car, on a boat, and by train,
Paddy continues to share his enthusiasm for life, language, history, nature, religion, people, music, food and anything else that piques his interest. His gift for making friends knows no bounds. In this volume, alongside the usual array of aristocrats, Paddy befriends two communities of Gypsies, young women harvesting, Transylvanian shepherds, an Orthodox rabbi and his sons, and various other people and groups he encounters. It appears there is no one with whom he cannot find common ground despite the differences in language, circumstance and culture.
This book was published in 1986, nine years after "A Time Of Gifts", however both books share the same vivacity and freshness that belies the gap between the original experience and when the books were written. What elevates this book, and its predecessor, is Paddy's gorgeously poetic descriptions, which vividly bring his journey to life.
Another beautifully written travel book, that also variously serves as a book about European history, social history, relationships, youth, lost worlds, and all in the company of the most charming, erudite and enthusiastic travelling companion imaginable.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Much more than a delightful and original travelogue, this book brings insights into eastern European life that was destroyed forever by WWII. .Highly recommended.Published 4 months ago by lilyH&N
What a great adventure in a time gone past! The trilogy is worth the time reading. If you can, visit parts of Fermor's treck.Published 7 months ago by Gehrig Schultz
I just couldn't get into this book,I don't know if it was me but I found it a little boring.Published 7 months ago by Christopher Hilditch
Enjoyable. It has some great scenes - swimming naked in the river and getting his clothes stolen by some milkmaids and his staying with Gypsies for a night stick out. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Smith Juliancharles