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The broken road : from the Iron Gates to Mount Athos

Author: Patrick Leigh Fermor; Colin Thubron; Artemis Cooper
Publisher: New York : New York Review Books, Random House Inc, 2014. 2014.
Series: New York Review Books classics.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In the winter of 1933 eighteen-year-old Patrick ("Paddy") Leigh Fermor set out to walk across Europe, starting in Holland and ending in Constantinople, a trip that took him the better part of a year. Decades later, when he was well over fifty, Leigh Fermor told the story of that life-changing journey in A Time of Gifts and Between the Woods and the Water, two works now celebrated as among the most vivid, absorbing,  Read more...
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Named Person: Patrick Leigh Fermor; Patrick Leigh Fermor; Patrick Leigh Fermor
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Patrick Leigh Fermor; Colin Thubron; Artemis Cooper
ISBN: 1590177541 : HRD 9781590177549 : HRD 9781590177792 1590177797 9781590177563 1590177568
OCLC Number: 877911541
Notes: Continues: A time of gifts; and Between the woods and the water.
Includes index.
Description: 362 pages ; 22 cm.
Contents: Introduction / by Colin Thubron and Artemis Cooper --
From the Iron Gates --
A Hanging Glass Box --
Over the Great Balkan --
To the Danube --
The Wallachian Plain --
Bucharest --
To Varna --
Dancing by the Black Sea --
Constantinople --
Mount Athos.
Series Title: New York Review Books classics.
Responsibility: by Patrick Leigh Fermor ; edited by Colin Thubron and Artemis Cooper.

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"In the winter of 1933 eighteen-year-old Patrick ("Paddy") Leigh Fermor set out to walk across Europe, starting in Holland and ending in Constantinople, a trip that took him the better part of a year. Decades later, when he was well over fifty, Leigh Fermor told the story of that life-changing journey in A Time of Gifts and Between the Woods and the Water, two works now celebrated as among the most vivid, absorbing, delightful, and beautifully-written travel books of all time. The Broken Road is the longand avidly awaited account of the final leg of his youthful adventure that Leigh Fermor promised but was unable to finish before his death in 2011. Assembled from Leigh Fermor's manuscripts by his prize-winning biographer Artemis Cooper and the travel writer Colin Thubron, this is perhaps the most personal of all Leigh Fermor's books, catching up with young Paddy in the fall of 1934 and following him through Bulgaria and Romania to the coast of the Black Sea. Days and nights on the road, spectacular landscapes and uncanny cities, friendships lost and found, leading the high life in Bucharest or camping out with fishermen and shepherds: in the The Broken Road such incidents and escapades are described with all the linguistic bravura, odd and astonishing learning, and overflowing exuberance that Leigh Fermor is famous for, but also with a melancholy awareness of the passage of time, especially when he meditates on the scarred history of the Balkans or on his troubled relations with his father. The book ends, perfectly, with Paddy's diary from the winter of 1934, when he had reached Greece, the country he would fall in love with and fight for. Across the space of three quarters of century we can still hear the ringing voice of an irrepressible young man embarking on a life of adventure"--

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