At the age of twelve, Jan Yoors ran away from his privileged, cultured Belgian family and home to join a wandering band, a kumpania, of Gypsies. For ten years, he lived as one of them, traveled with them from country to country, shared both their pleasures and their hardships--and came to know them as no one, no outsider, ever has. Here, in this firsthand and highly personal account of an extraordinary people, Yoors tells the real story of the Gypsies' fascinating customs and their neverending struggle to survive as free nomads in a hostile world.
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In a rare publishing event, Jan Yoors' The Gypsies became an instant classic upon its original publication. Waveland Press is proud to make this extraordinary work available again. The reprint includes a stunning section of photographs taken by the author during his travels with European Gypsies. Titles of related interest from Waveland Press: Gmelch, Nan: The Life of an Irish Travelling Woman (ISBN 9780881336023) and Sutherland, Gypsies: The Hidden Americans (ISBN 9780881332353).From the Back Cover:
"Fascinating. A lyrical tribute, a unique inside view." -- Newsweek
"An exciting firsthand impression of life in a Gypsy camp forever on the move. A most valuable and original contribution." -- New York Times Book Review
"Beautifully evokes a way of life in which freedom and independence still survive." -- Sir Herbert Read
"Unquestionably the only book ever written from the inside of this most mysterious and elusive group of people. Beautifully written. A treasure. I think you will find it difficult to stop reading this unique and personal love song for a way of life." -- Houston Post
"Absolutely delightful." -- Margaret Mead
"Unique. No stay-at-home can read the book without a stab of yearning. . . . Reading it is like gulping in fresh air and experiencing a vicarious release from the complications of `civilized' living." -- Minneapolis Tribune
"Enchanting. There are many surprising revelations . . . but most amazing is the spell that is cast on the reader." -- Columbus Dispatch
"Exciting, fascinating . . . we not only understand but also actually envy the Romani soul, and feel as though we would gladly shed a few of our encumbrances to join them." -- Chicago's American
"Of course any right thinking boy would dream about joining a Gypsy caravan, but Jan Yoors actually left his comfortable home and found a nomadic life as splendid as his dreams. And now he has enough of the poet in him to convey his timeless, routineless, endless fascination of wandering through a changing countryside, creeping through frontiers, part of a mysterious society." -- Christian Science Monitor
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Book Description Allen & Unwin, 1967. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0045720142