A Time of Gifts: On Foot to Constantinople - From the Hook of Holland to the Middle Danube
ISBN 10: 0140049479 / 0-14-004947-9
ISBN 13: 9780140049473
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publication Date: 1979
A renowned British travel writer's chronicle of his 1200-mile walking trip from Holland to Hungary in 1934 at the age of eighteen provides insight into a Europe hovering on the brink of World War II.
Nothing short of a masterpiece ( Jan Morris)
This is a traveller's tale at its infectious and informative best; vividly remembered and beautifully written ( Church Times)
"[Patrick Leigh Fermor] stands beside Robert Byron as the finest travel writer of his generation." Colin Thubron. ( Sunday Telegraph)
Every page of this book is distinguished by an image, a metaphor, a flash of humour always original and sometimes as incisive as a laser beam. ( Vincent Cronin)
'A Time of Gifts' is a treasure chest of descriptive writing and contains compelling glimpses of the events which were curdling Europe then. ( Spectator)
A Time of Gifts sees Patrick Leigh Fermor setting out at the age of 18 in 1933, on his epic journey across Europe from the Hook of Holland to Constantinople. This first volume takes the reader as far as Hungary.
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