A TIME OF GIFTS: ON FOOT TO CONSTANTINOPLE: FROM THE HOOK OF HOLLAND TO THE MIDDLE DANUBE (NEW YORK REVIEW BOOKS CLASSICS) by Patrick Leigh Fermor Jan Morris

WHY I LIKE IT
A Time of Gifts & Between the Woods and Water - These books are unlike anything else I’ve ever read, and I don’t know of anyone who writes better than Patrick Leigh Fermor. To paraphrase one of his lines: “once read, never forgotten.”
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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 his adventures as far as Hungary, after which Between the Woods and the Water continues the story to the Iron Gates that divide the Carpathian and Balkan mountains. Acclaimed for its sweep and intelligence, Leigh Fermor’s book explores a remarkable moment in time. Hitler has just come to power but war is still ahead, as he walks through a Europe soon to be forever changed—through the Lowlands to Mitteleuropa, to Teutonic and Slav heartlands, through the baroque remains of the Holy Roman Empire; up the Rhine, and down to the Danube.

At once a memoir of coming-of-age, an account of a journey, and a dazzling exposition of the English language, A Time of Gifts is also a portrait of a continent already showing ominous signs of the holocaust to come.
Book Specifications
Release date: 2005-10-03
Binding: Paperback
Publisher: NYRB Classics
Publication date: 2005-10-03
Label: NYRB Classics
Pages: 344
Edition: First Edition Thus
ASIN: 9781590171653
ISBN: 1590171659
Height: 800
Length: 500
Weight: 73
Width: 71
Product Group: Book