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Between the Woods and the Water by Patrick Leigh Fermor
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Apr 15, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: history
Recommended to carl by: R.
Read in August, 2009 — I own a copy

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
influences of the Hungarians, Romanians, Europeans, and the Crusades.

A good insight to the area and though the book was written at a much
later date the author used his diaries, notes, and recollections to
try to keep out the hindsight. Some smatterings of this world still
exist, but in general lost, and worthy of revisiting.

I particularly enjoyed the stroll through the Banat, an area
south of Transylvania, where one of my Grandparents grew up.
The details are good enough I felt like I was going to
see him mentioned on the street corner.

The author was also an English WWII superhero of sorts.
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Doubledf99.99 Great write up, got to read that one of these days..

carl  theaker Hope you do, but be careful, you might get out the ol' backpack and start hiking !

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