Title: A Time of Gifts.
Publisher: Harper & Row, New York
Publication Date: 1977
Edition: First American edition.
8.25" x 5.75". 291pp. Pale blue paper covered boards with a blue cloth spine, in dust wrapper. An account of Fermor's 1200 mile walk across Europe to Constantinople in 1933. Fermor was a World War Two veteran, best known for his participation in the dramatic kidnapping of German General Kreipe on Crete. Bookseller Inventory # 24420
Synopsis: 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.
Product Description: 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.
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