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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.
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on 24 June 2017
Third of the trilogy from this interesting polymath, describing his pre-war walk from Holland to Constantinople, describing the topography of the countries visited and the exalted people he stayed with. Well worth the read as he describes a Europe that did not survive the war. An enlightening book of travel and scholarship.
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on 12 August 2017
So much was written in German and Latin that one just give up about the thread of the story (if one does not know anything in these languages). Also, the narrative is quite pedantic at times and it only serves to switch the reader off !
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on 3 May 2017
Recommended very well written
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on 2 August 2017
This book contains long turgid passages of description, especially in the second part of the account, often making no sense and using inappropriate choice of words and imagery signifying little. Over-wordy; over-rated, over-written.
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on 24 August 2017
Excellent
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on 15 August 2017
Excellent read.
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on 28 June 2000
This is the first book of two describing a 1,200 mile walk from Holland to Constantinople undertaken in 1934 when the author was 18 years old. The book was written some forty years later, events and people recalled from memory and notes in a diary.
The language of this book is pure poetry, just a delight to read. The author beautifully describes amazing countryside, castles, rivers, fascinating and incredibly generous people and a way of life in parts of Europe that were forever destroyed by the war. He walked through Germany during the time that Nazism was in the ascendancy, giving hope and optimism to a nation that had long been on its knees. It is fascinating to read about the excitement that Nazism brought to Germany in 1934 with the knowledge of the destruction and horror that it brought to the World just a few short years later.
The author met the most amazing people, a lot through good luck and fortune, but a lot to do with the fact that the author comes across as a delightful companion; polite, intelligent and with a young man's enthusiasm for life and living.
I can't wait to read the second part, 'Between the Woods and the Water'.
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on 18 July 2017
Wonderful want to follow in his footsteps!!
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on 14 June 2017
An interesting tale
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