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A Time of Gifts by Patrick Leigh Fermor
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Jan 30, 09

In 1933, when he was 18, Patrick Leigh Fermor left his home in England to walk to Constantinople (now Istanbul). This book describes the first leg of his trip, which takes him to the Danube. In it, he describes a world that was soon to disappear as Hitler solidified his power in Germany and eyed the rest of Europe. Traveling with very little money, Fermor had to make do by sleeping rough and depending on the largesse of strangers. His descriptions of camping with gypsies in the woods or lodging at the estates of friendly nobles have a fairy-tale, nostalgic feel, especially when you understand what became of some of those people during World War II. Fermor wrote this book many years after his trip and gives it the perspective of history and of a mature man looking back at his younger self. (Recommended by Mary B., Reader's Services)

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