At the age of eighteen, Patrick Leigh Fermor set off from the heart of London on an epic journey—to walk to Constantinople. A Time of Gifts is the rich account of. A Time of Gifts Patrick Leigh Fermor John Murray £, pp One of the most romantic books of the twentieth century, Patrick Leigh Fermor’s. At the age of eighteen, Patrick Leigh Fermor set off from the heart of London on an epic journey—to walk to Constantinople. A Time of Gifts is.

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Read it Forward Read it first. He left London for Rotterdam and from there travelled — mostly on foot — to Constantinople. He has the sort of curiousity that seems to always pay off- adding to his ability to make an og out of stopping for lunch. Views Read Edit View history.

A Time of Gifts

Much of the archictecture as he notes of Rotterdam: Jun 11, Trish rated it really liked it Shelves: It was still a couple of hours till dawn when we dropped anchor in the Hook of Holland. And Paddy as he’s called by friends We are experiencing technical difficulties. What it takes to succeed in the world is a great deal, but mostly it is interest in the world. Oct 05, Bruce rated it it was amazing. Secondly, the English major types are often aesthetically conservative.

Every day of the year, vifts or summer, in every corner of the British Isles, there’s plenty to see if you know where – and how – to look. A shutter went up and a stout man in clogs opened a glass door, deposited a tabby on the snow and, turning back, began lighting a stove inside.

But even Pater, an extreme aesthete, is not as wholly superficial as Leigh Fermor—who seems entirely incapable of holding abstract ideas in his mind. He is the Guide, the Gandalf, the ghosts of Christmas Past, the curator, the Brothers Grimm, the wise child who knows the way through the woods.


Here follows a quote after his stay in Prague when he was traveling near the Slvakian border to Giftx. As a result, I literally chipped away at it, reading it in chunks – some smaller, some larger – gifte the course of more than a year which, for me, is highly termor. Fermor is one of these people. Mister Memory Marcus Sedgwick. In the hands of a 21st-century scribe, a book such as this would probably per instructions of the publisher focus on such tawdry elements as how the knight errant strung together all manner of romantic conquests and dodged every kind of creep and pervert that could possibly lurk in Europe.

Here, he gulped great draughts of European history, poring over details of Germanic folklore or piecing together the complex literary heritage of the world through which he was passing, and which was soon to be lost forever. He slept in haystacks and barns, in castles and gkfts houses. In this book, we learn about their swimming feats, from tackling the km River Eden to setting the world record for swimming in the Arctic.

Even at 18, Fermor had an incredible background in poetry and literature, huge swaths of it memorized even. Snow covered everything and the flakes blew bifts a slant across the cones of the lamps and confused the glowing discs that spaced out the untrodden quay.

With his wishes for godspeed in my ears and an fermoe bonfire of Bols and a hand smarting from his valedictory shake, I set off. It includes lots of outdoor clues and signs that will not be found in ov other book in the world.

I was still the only passenger in the train and this solitary entry, under cover of night and hushed by snow, completed the illusion that I was slipping into Rotterdam, and into Europe, through a secret door.

How strange it seemed, as I took shelter in the little saloon — feeling, suddenly, forlorn; but only for a moment — to be setting off from the heart of London! Three times in the book Fermor has occasion to use the term Caracol, a cavalry maneuver which utilized the pistol and which saw brief use during the Wars of Religion but swiftly fell out of yime as reducing the shock value of the charge itself and generally being less valuable than just riding up and sabering people.


The two great rivers loitered across it with their scattering of ships and their barge processions and their tributaries. About Patrick Leigh Fermor.

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Patrick Leigh Fermor Limited preview – There was a scattering of buoys and the scanned flash of a light-house. They should have been out in the forest, dancing round Odin and Thor, or Loki perhaps. And from the blossom-time and dawn choruses of April and May into the abundant noisiness of summer, where days start with hawker dragonflies and drowsy bumblebees and end with glow-worms and ghost moths; to autumn when in the early morning mist of London’s Richmond Park male red deer lock horns in competition for a mate.

The effect of this is to layer the narrative. His powers of recollection have astonishing sweep and verve, and the scope is majestic.

As I was gazing, it slowly tolled five.

A Time of Gifts by Patrick Leigh Fermor

I learned a great deal just looking up the architectural or religious words and phrasings I did not know; I was mystified by the place-names once he dropped fermro the Rhine and picked up his pace hy the Danube and into the Slavic countries. Inat the age of 18, Patrick Leigh Fermor set out on an extraordinary journey by foot – from the Hook of Holland to Constantinople. This is just the first spate of very rich description that one gets throughout. Take this account of Wachau in A Time of Gifts:.

On the third or fourth night he sleeps above a blacksmith’s shop. The red, white and green barrier of the frontier post at the far end marked the beginning patriick Hungary.