Patrick Leigh Fermor

Patrick Leigh Fermor

An Adventure

Book - 2012
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"Patrick Leigh Fermor's enviably colorful life took off when in 1934, at the age of eighteen, he decided to walk across Europe. In just over a year he had trekked through nine countries and taught himself three languages, and his enthusiasm and curiosity for every kind of experience made him equally happy in caves or country houses, among shepherds or countesses. At the outbreak of war he left his lover, Princess Balasha Cantacuzene, in Romania and returned to England to enlist. Commissioned into the Intelligence Corps, he became one of the handful of Allied officers supporting the Cretan resistance to the German occupation. In 1944 he commanded the Anglo-Cretan team that abducted General Heinrich Kreipe and spirited him away to Egypt. A journey to the Caribbean, stays in monasteries, and explorations all over Greece provided the subjects for his first books. It was not until he and his wife had moved to southern Greece that he returned to his earliest walk. In these books, which took many years to write, he created a vision of a prewar Europe, which in its beauty and abundance has never been equaled. Artemis Cooper has drawn on years of interviews and conversations with Leigh Fermor and his closest friends, and has had complete access to his archive. Her beautifully crafted biography portrays a man of extraordinary gifts--no one wore their learning so playfully nor inspired such passionate friendship"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : New York Review Books, 2012
ISBN: 9781590176740
159017674X
Branch Call Number: B FERMOR
Characteristics: xiii, 448 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm

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deathbird
Oct 16, 2013

Patrick Leigh Fermor's books have always been pretty hard to forget after reading. I always found (and still find) myself going back to reread them again and again. This biography by Cooper is no different. As soon as I finished reading this amazing bio which reads more like an adventure story I had to go out and buy it for myself. Well written you will not get bored but you may wish that you had a time machine to go back in time and live those days and experiences that Fermor did while travelling Europe.

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bluehydrangea
Jun 23, 2013

I thought this was an excellent biography: it's written with clear-eyed honesty and warmth - seems like a rare combination! Really good.

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