These are beautiful travel books which conjure up a lost world of interwar Europe. Norman Stone says of this one - A book so good you resent finishing it. High praise indeed. The first few pages, over coffee this morning, whisked me effortlessly through time and space to Holy Saturday 1934 , Esztergom, forty miles upstream from Budapest.
Do give these a go, you certainly won’t regret it. Just right for someone working on Mark’s Little Soldiers and a mittel European imagination.
These look intriguing, must give them a look.ReplyDelete
You won’t regret it. So diverting.Delete
Thanks for the tip, I may give them a try. I assume they were written at the time and are not fictional accounts?ReplyDelete
My pleasure, enjoy.Delete
I’ve been meaning to get around to reading some of PLF’s travel books. And his wartime memoirs.ReplyDelete
This might give me the shove to get on with it.
I am delighted to be that shove, enjoy.Delete
There is a small amount of interview, readings and dramatised versions of Paddy Leigh Fermor On Radio 4 - BBC Sounds online such as https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b042qnmvReplyDelete
I will look that up, thanks.Delete
Hello there tradgardmastare,ReplyDelete
They are quite simply fantastic reading! There is a third volume in the series that was published shortly after PLFs death which finishes up in Istanbul I believe. He was also involved with the Cretan resistance during WW2 and was instrumental in the capture of the German General Kreipe.
By all accounts quite a character.
All the best,
A character indeed. I was looking at volume three in the bookshop too, looks interesting. My cousin’s wife’s mother told me a story once about her relative being that captured general. It was a small part of a long anecdote about her family’s German wartime experience . Vexingly l never got a chance to find out more…Delete
They are lovely books. I bought mine 30 odd years ago. Are they fictional? No but I think that they may have grown a bit in the recollection. There is a story that he lost his diary in Roumania but was given it back 30 odd years later by a friend who had lost everything in the communist state but had guarded the diary.ReplyDelete
Love the diary story.ReplyDelete