Cretan Runner: His Story of the German Occupation by George Psychoundakis

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Title : Cretan Runner: His Story of the German Occupation
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ISBN : 0140273220
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Unknown Binding
Number of Pages : 352 pages


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Caer rated it ★★★★☆

February 25, 2008

A little known account of the resistance movement on Crete by one of the Cretans himself. Anecdotal in structure, it paints an absorbing picture of the men in and of the Resistance on Crete, with the added bonus of the manuscript being introduced, annoted, and nearly completely verified by Patric...


Nigeyb rated it ★★★★☆

November 19, 2014

I am working my way through all of Patrick Leigh Fermor's books and, whilst he is only the translator here (also adding a few helpful footnotes and an introduction) Crete feels an important part of his myth, as well as an interesting slice of WW2 history in its own right. Actually Patrick Leigh F...


Corto rated it ★★★★☆

April 24, 2017

Interesting document of WWII guerilla warfare, by a participant indigenous to the occupied region (as opposed to an adviser, or member of the opposing force). If you are familiar with "Ill Met by Moonlight", it's a must read- if only to flesh out the Cretans from W.S. Moss' one dimensional portrai...


Gary rated it ★★★★☆

June 01, 2010

This is a surprisingly interesting memoir by a man who worked for the British during the World War II occupation of Crete by the Germans. He recounts in vivid detail his work running messages from one small British unit to another. Life was hard. It seems that most of the time he and his British...


Relstuart rated it ★★★☆☆

December 15, 2015

"With persistence first, and patience last, and doggedness all through, A man can think the wildest thoughts, and make them all come true." - George Psychoundakis This is a memoir from the conflict in Crete during WWII after the Germans invaded and occupied the island. The author was a runner and...


John rated it ★★★☆☆

September 25, 2012

Definitely a useful book for people interested for Greek things during WW2. But, to be honest I think it's tiresome, gives emphasis on not so usefull details and some times away from the essence of things. Only for people having real and deep interest on the subject.


lixy rated it ★★☆☆☆

November 03, 2017

Great intro by Patrick Leigh Fermor. While culturaly somewhat interesting, the rest gets repetitive and lacks enough narrative arc, even if you know the territory (both geographical and historical.) Read Billy Moss's book/diaries for the best account of guerrilla warfare in Crete during WW2.


Daniela rated it ★★★★★

October 23, 2017

The author’s travels through Egypt and the Holy Land in then Palestine are a must read. Written in the style of short stories, it provides an insight into Cretan culture during WWII as well an account of what happened during the occupation.


Debbie rated it ★★★☆☆

March 12, 2017

I don't know that I've ever read anything quite like this book. It is a strange mix of suffering, endurance, bravery, cruelty, pettiness, generosity, and good meals with plenty of wine. It reads more like a series of anecdotes - fortunately told in chronological order - than history of the era or...


Roger rated it ★★★☆☆

August 30, 2011

I read this because Patrick Leigh Fermor is the finest writer I have ever read. Alas, there is much Psychoundakis here and very little Leigh Fermor. The former was a Cretan villager and a courier in the resistance during the German occupation. He had a small part to play and little understanding...





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