Between the Woods and the Water: On Foot to Constantinople from the Hook of Holland (Trilogy #2)
The journey that Patrick Leigh Fermor set out on in 1933—to cross Europe on foot with an emergency allowance of one pound a day—proved so rich in experiences that when much later he sat down to describe them, they overflowed into more than one volume. Undertaken as the storms of war gathered, and provid...more
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Whenever he got the chance, Malek broke into a canter, and one of these bursts turned into a long twilight gallop...
Back in Budapest, Leigh Fermor had fallen in with a “noctambulistic” smart set (cellar nightclubs, scotch-and-soda, American jazz) whose country-housed, ...more
A particularly rare feature of this book is a last, lingering look at the old M ...more
Herein Leigh Fermor continues to demons ...more
Fermor is nineteen when he makes this trip. He did it in 1934. The world is changed now. The wa ...more
All through the afternoon the hills had been growing in height and now they rolled into the distance behind a steep and solitary hemisphere cl ...more
Take a stroll across central europe in 1934, along the Danube to the
Iron Gates, what a nice recollection! With its great descriptions of the
countryside, this book would be a great prep for a visit of the Danube area.
If you want to be dedicated, read it with a map by your side and
if you want to go for bonus points also a book on the history of Europe.
Along each stop of the walk there are references to the history of
each town, influences of the various invasions by Turks and the counter
In "Between The Woods And The Water", Paddy travels to Budapest and thence across the Great Hungarian Plain, before ...more
“Soon after an interval of silence, sheaves of organ-pipes were thundering and fluting their message of risen Divinity. Scores of voices soared from the choir, Alleluiahs were on the wing, the cumulus of incense billowing …”(p ...more
"Every part of Europe I had crossed so far was to be torn and shattered by the war; indeed, except for the last stage before the Turkish frontier, all the countries traversed by this journey were fought over a few yea ...more
Puts all other travel books to shame. Patrick Leigh Fermor, a young man at the eve of World War II, traveled across all of Europe by foot, reaching Istanbul after over a year. On the way, he meandered through an ancient world that was soon to be completely destroyed. In this riveting story (put together years after the fact), Fermor gives us a picture of proud peasants and solicitous nobles clinging to a way of life that hadn't ...more
Page 28, describing how they dress in Budapest: "Tigers for turnout."
Page 41: "The few clouds in the clear, wide sky were so nearly motionless they might have been anchored to their shadows." Bless him for not adding the unnecessary "that ...more
The slight problem is that I had such high expectations of this book, that I was in the end slightly disappointed. It is a wonderful story and it is well written. I don't think it is the masterpiece I was expecting. Perhaps I have made a mistake by reading the second volume of the trilogy before the first, but I doubt that would have made ...more
The greatest value of Fermor's travelogues is perhaps as a document of a vanished world: Europe between the wars. Landscapes political and physical have utterly changed, communities remodelled, migrated or erased. These books are like maps from Atlantis.
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At the age of 18, Leigh Fermor decided to walk the length of Europe, from the Hook of Holland to Constantinople. He set off on 8 December 1933, after Hitler ha ...more