Author(s): Fermor, Patrick Leigh,
Date of Publication: 15/03/2004,
Pagination: 384 pages, frontispiece and map,
Imprint: John Murray Publishers Ltd,
Published By: John Murray Press,
Book Classification: Europe,
I read this during the first lock-down, and loved it. It took me away every day to the country roads of Europe before the industrialisation of farming, and before the destruction of the second World War. The first of three books, beautifully written, and unforgettable.
In 1933, at the age of 18, Patrick Leigh Fermor set out on an extraordinary journey by foot - from the Hook of Holland to Constantinople. A Time of Gifts is the first volume in a trilogy recounting the trip, and takes the reader with him as far as Hungary. It is a book of compelling glimpses - not only of the events which were curdling Europe at that time, but also of its resplendent domes and monasteries, its great rivers, the sun on the Bavarian snow, the storks and frogs, the hospitable burgomasters who welcomed him, and that world's grandeurs and courtesies.