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Patrick Leigh Fermor (1915–2011)

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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 visa mer 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) visa färre

(eng) Note that this author's surname is Leigh Fermor, first name is Patrick.


Verk av Patrick Leigh Fermor

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

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Vedertaget namn
Leigh Fermor, Patrick
Namn enligt folkbokföringen
Leigh Fermor, Sir Patrick Michael
Andra namn
Fermor, Paddy Leigh
Dumbleton, Gloucestershire, England.
Land (för karta)
London, England, UK
Worcestershire, England, UK
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) (visa alla 7)
Fielding, Daphne (friend)
Special Operations Executive (WWII)
British Army (WWII)
Priser och utmärkelser
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)
Kort biografi
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."
Note that this author's surname is Leigh Fermor, first name is Patrick.



Patrick Leigh Fermor, 1915-2011 i Folio Society Devotees (oktober 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 | 3 andra recensioner | 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 | 9 andra recensioner | 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 | 6 andra recensioner | 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 | 55 andra recensioner | Jul 1, 2023 |



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