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Read the words and see the pictures
on 17 December 2016
Having read the author's account of his having captured a German general in wartime Crete I came to this book with an interest in his descriptive prose. Leigh-Fermor uses words like an artist uses colours and early in the book one is captivated at how he can describe the mundane and make it colourful and interesting. There is humour here too; the sequence of his experience as an itinerant sketcher of portraits is delightful. This is as good a book as it's rating suggests. My only quibble is with the way the author seems to sometimes get carried away by his own verbiage. This leads to, dare I say it, rather tedious essays on the ancient tribes of middle Europe and descriptions of architecture which, whilst no doubt necessary, can become wearisome after several long paragraphs. Still, this is travel writing of the best.