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on 11 September 2002
This is the sequel to 'A Time of Gifts', and continues the young Leigh-Fermor's walk through the length of 1930s Europe. Here we start from where the previous book left off, at the border into Hungary, and continue through until the Iron Gates border between Rumania and Bulgaria. I immensely enjoyed 'A Time of Gifts', and this book is the perfect companion to it. It is a seamless mix between the world seen through the eager eyes of the nineteen-year-old Leigh Fermor, and a wealth of historical, geographical, linguisitc, and anthropological information, which must have taken most of the intervening decades for him to research. The one drawback of the book is the envy it is bound to create in the reader -- envy of his ability to take a journey such as this in a time now past, and envy (for those who also try to write) at the magnificent prose with which he has captured his memories. Patrick Leigh-Fermor's place in the ranks of the great writers of travel literature is already firmly established, and this is surely one of his finest. If reading this book doesn't inspire you to embark on a journey of your own, then I can only suggest you read it again, only this time with your eyes open.
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on 31 March 2017
This is hypnotic travel writing – Moldavia, Tartary, Bessarabia, Transylvania, Carpathia, Wallachia, Bohemia, Wolves, Bears, Eagles, Saxons, Slavs, Counts, Gypsies, Shepherds, Hussars with scimitars, Austro Hungary, Byzantium, Ottomans, Habsburgs, Mongols, Huns, Goths, Teutonic Knights… endless descriptions of people, towns, castles, scenery, nature, language, history, culture, clothes, food, songs… names and places that have a fantastic and timeless exoticism described with a crystal clear realism. Completely mesmerising.
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on 15 May 2017
An excellent book for those interested in life, at all levels, in Central Europe before the Second World War. It is also a good travel book with regard to the Danube and its people. Not an easy read at times because of the words used by the author or perhaps the limits of the education of this reader.
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on 10 October 2017
only just got around to this but a continuation of the classic 'time of gifts' which is unquestionably a great read
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on 15 August 2017
Companion book others. Worth a read.
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on 24 August 2017
Excellent
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on 12 June 2017
Good
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on 10 August 2017
Marvellous book - have been to many of the places (decades later) and was able to relive so much of the travels
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on 26 July 2017
very interesting
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on 19 April 2017
Excellent! WONDERFUL prose and so informative.
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