A Time of Gifts by Patrick Leigh Fermor

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Read A Time of Gifts Online Free - 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. His powers of recollection have astonishing sweep and verve, and the scope is majestic. First published to enormous acclaim, it confirmed Fermor's reputation as the greatest living travel writer, and has, together with its sequel Between the Woods and the Water (the third volume is famously yet to be published), been a perennial seller for 25 years.

Title : A Time of Gifts
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ISBN : 1590171659
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 321 pages


Kelly rated it ★★★★★

August 24, 2011

I’ll have whatever this guy is having. Yeah, the one making the embarrassing noises and eating ambrosia without a care in the world. This ridiculous guy right here. Fermor is kind of my hero. He represents something I've always envied. You know those people who can make a thing, an occasion out o...

William1 rated it ★★★★☆

November 02, 2017

This is about a European walking tour begun by the author in 1933. He was 18 at the time and his budget was £4 a month, sent poste restant to him along his route. The book’s unusual intellectual depth derives from the fact that he did not write the memoir until much later in life. This first volu...

Adam rated it ★★★★☆

January 24, 2012

This book will forever hold a special place in my heart because it is the first one my son, Jameson Michael Floridia (Jem for short), read: Actually, it was more like this: Hopefully, some of Fermor's aesthetically magnificent, dazzling images will dance like sugar plums in his little head. Maybe...

David rated it ★☆☆☆☆

September 07, 2011

Now I fully realize that I have no right to ‘review’ a book of which I’ve read only about forty miserable pages, plus its bloviating introduction. So if you’re a militant Fermor partisan and you’ve arrived here for the purpose of throwing fits and tantrums and tsk-tsking me for bad protocol, then...

Geoff rated it ★★★★★

September 15, 2011

To enjoy A Time of Gifts you will only need to possess an interest (even a passing interest) in at least one of these three things: the English language, descriptions of land and city-scapes, and the history of European art and culture. Is that more than three things? Possibly. This is certainly...

Roy rated it ★★★☆☆

June 22, 2017

When I began this book, I fully expected to join the universal chorus of praise. The premise of this book could hardly be more promising: a naïve, bookish nineteen-year-old decides to walk from Holland all the way to Constantinople. We have here all the makings of a literary adventure: an author...

Paul rated it ★★★★★

August 02, 2014

This is a remarkable book; the account of an 18 year old who decides to escape England and walk from the Hook of Holland to Constantinople. The year is 1933 and the Nazis have just come to power and he sets off just before winter starts. He had been expelled from school and wanted to write and he...

Marita rated it ★★★★★

December 08, 2015

Erudite and entertaining. A gem!

Rebecca rated it ★★★★★

September 12, 2016

A true masterwork of travel writing. So much is impressive about this book, starting with Fermor’s journey itself. Over the course of three years, starting when he was just 18, he walked from Holland to Constantinople. I was particularly eager to read this because he passes through a lot of place...

Ken rated it ★★★★☆

August 15, 2011

"All horsepower corrupts." This from "The Walking Man," as good a sobriquet for Patrick Leigh Fermor as you'd want. A TIME OF GIFTS is the sweet story of an 18-year-old Englishman (boy?) who decided to walk to Constantinople. Yeah, yeah. There's that problem of the English Channel and all, but you...

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