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Patrick Leigh Fermor (1915–2011)

Autor/a de A Time of Gifts

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Patrick Leigh Fermor was born in London, England on February 11, 1915. During World War II, he was the architect of the kidnapping of the commander of the German garrison on Crete. He wrote several books including A Time of Gifts, Between the Woods and the Water, The Traveller's Tree, The Violins mostra'n més of Saint-Jacques, Mani, and Roumeli. He was also a translator. He received a military OBE in 1943. He died on June 10, 2011 at the age of 96. (Bowker Author Biography) mostra'n menys
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(eng) Note that this author's surname is Leigh Fermor, first name is Patrick.


Obres de Patrick Leigh Fermor

A Time of Gifts (1977) 2,369 exemplars
Between the Woods and the Water (1986) — Autor — 1,448 exemplars
A Time to Keep Silence (1957) 790 exemplars
The Violins of Saint-Jacques (1953) 259 exemplars
Words of Mercury (2003) — Autor — 218 exemplars
Three Letters from the Andes (1991) 132 exemplars
The Seven Deadly Sins (1961) — Col·laborador — 89 exemplars

Obres associades

They Were Counted (1934) — Pròleg, algunes edicions592 exemplars
Ill Met by Moonlight : The Abduction of General Kreipe (1950) — Epíleg, algunes edicions479 exemplars
The Cretan Runner (1955) — Traductor — 287 exemplars
Gigi / Julie de Carneilhan / Chance Acquaintances (1945) — Traductor, algunes edicions271 exemplars
They Were Found Wanting (1934) — Introducció, algunes edicions205 exemplars
They Were Divided (1940) — Introducció, algunes edicions192 exemplars
The Pleasure of Reading (1992) — Col·laborador — 186 exemplars
The Norton Book of Travel (1987) — Col·laborador — 109 exemplars
Chance Acquaintances and Julie de Carneilhan (1940) — Traductor, algunes edicions87 exemplars
Oxtravels: Meetings with Remarkable Travel Writers (2011) — Col·laborador — 54 exemplars
The Red Thread: 20 Years of NYRB Classics: A Selection (2019) — Col·laborador — 54 exemplars
Roumanian Journey (1992) — Introducció, algunes edicions25 exemplars
The Rash Adventurer: A Life of John Pendlebury (2007) — Pròleg, algunes edicions22 exemplars
Vanishing Greece (1991) — Introducció, algunes edicions22 exemplars
Travelers Tales of Old Cuba (2002) — Col·laborador — 16 exemplars
Forever Ulysses — Traductor, algunes edicions11 exemplars
Ghika: Peintures, Dessins, Sculptures — Traductor, algunes edicions1 exemplars


Coneixement comú

Nom normalitzat
Leigh Fermor, Patrick
Nom oficial
Leigh Fermor, Sir Patrick Michael
Altres noms
Fermor, Paddy Leigh
Data de naixement
Data de defunció
Lloc d'enterrament
Dumbleton, Gloucestershire, England.
País (per posar en el mapa)
Lloc de naixement
London, England, UK
Lloc de defunció
Worcestershire, England, UK
Llocs de residència
Kardamyli, Mani, Greece
Worcestershire, England, UK
King's School, Canterbury, England, UK (expelled)
Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst
army officer (WWII)
travel writer
Fermor, Lewis Leigh (father)
Chatwin, Bruce (friend)
Moss, W. Stanley (fellow officer)
Fielding, Xan (fellow officer, friend)
Eyres Monsell, Joan (spouse)
Hayden, Sir Henry Hubert (godfather) (mostra-les totes 7)
Fielding, Daphne (friend)
Special Operations Executive (WWII)
British Army (WWII)
Premis i honors
Distinguished Service Order
Order of the Phoenix, Greece (Commander)
Royal Society of Literature Companion of Literature
Officer of the Order of the British Empire
Knight Bachelor (2004)
Fellow, Royal Society of Literature
Jock Murray (John Murray)
Biografia breu
Patrick Leigh Fermor was one of the world's great travellers and travel writers. He was also a courageous officer in the British Special Operations Executive in World War II. The BBC once described him as "a cross between Indiana Jones, James Bond, and Graham Greene."
Nota de desambiguació
Note that this author's surname is Leigh Fermor, first name is Patrick.



Patrick Leigh Fermor, 1915-2011 a Folio Society Devotees (octubre 2014)


Since I first encountered PLF's A Time of Gifts, I have been gradually working my way through his works. This collection of his letters covers most of his life, from 1940 until a year before his death in 2011. He was a brilliant writer, which makes his letters easy reading.He was very honest in his letters, which make them fascinating reading, as did his wide circle of friends from Greek monks and former Greek resistance fighters to British literary circles.
nmele | Hi ha 3 ressenyes més | Nov 18, 2023 |
A delightful novella, "The Violins" is Fermor's only work of fiction but feels like it could have been non-fiction, such is the level of detail employed throughout. At times this feels a little overbearing, but the way the book accelerates towards its ending is rather thrilling.
soylentgreen23 | Hi ha 9 ressenyes més | Aug 19, 2023 |
Certainly not PLF's best. A lot of lists and for some reason a focus on a historic begging culture that did have a good long paragraph on wandering to the far orthodox east. The shepherd wedding, his wandering through the monasteries in the mountains, and his crossing of Lord Byron's trails in Greece were interesting, but it was certainly no "Time of Gifts".
JBreedlove | Hi ha 6 ressenyes més | Jul 26, 2023 |
A pleasant remembered account of the first half of Patrick Leigh Fermer’s 1933 trip on foot from Holland to Istanbul when he was 18. We meet people of all sorts and hear their political positions and rationalizations. The author, either then or many years later when he wrote the book, had a large vocabulary and at least some of his words are likely to interest you by themselves. Words I noted included fane, imberb, eyot, barbican and paynim. I know some German, but I learned that a Katzenjammer is a hangover; I’d only known the word from the early 20th century cartoon. There are some entertainingly florid descriptions of architecture, especially in Prague:

“Borne up in its flight by a row of cusped and trefoiled half-arches, each of them carried a steep procession of pinnacles and every moulding was a ledge for snow...among the rooks and the bruise-colored and quick-silver clouds.”

There are some entertaining adventures with assorted characters, especially in the streets of Vienna. It is a lost world, and none of these places are the same as they were. The trip is also from a lost time in the author’s life and we are reminded of what we were willing or able to do when we were 18.

The author (DSO, OBE) was a British war hero and famous for other travel books. He was involved in the kidnapping of German General Kreipe on Crete, later recounted in William Stanley Moss’ “Ill Met by Moonlight”. There is a nice Folio society edition of that book with pictures of PML-F.

As an aside, the author recounts his proclivity to recite poetry backward by word. As in “Whose woods these are I think I know” becomes “Esohw sdoow eseht era I kniht I wonk”. I find this fascinating and think it may replace op-talk, at least for me. [Note added later: opit dopoes nopot ropeplopace opop topalk.]

The second half of PML-F’s trip was published separately, and, apparently, there is a third volume, too. I may read them.
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markm2315 | Hi ha 55 ressenyes més | Jul 1, 2023 |



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