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The Broken Road

From The Iron Gates To Mount Athos

By Patrick Leigh Fermor

In the winter of 1933, eighteen-year-old Patrick (“Paddy”) Leigh Fermor set out on a walk across Europe, starting in Holland and ending in Constantinople, a trip that took him almost a year. Decades later, Leigh Fermor told the story of that life-changing journey in A Time of Gifts and Between the Woods and the Water, two books now celebrated as among the most vivid, absorbing, and beautifully written travel books of all time.

The Broken Road is the long-awaited account of the final leg of his youthful adventure that Leigh Fermor promised but was unable to finish before his death in 2011. Assembled from Leigh Fermor’s manuscripts by his prizewinning biographer Artemis Cooper and the travel writer Colin Thubron, this is perhaps the most personal of all Leigh Fermor’s books, catching up with young Paddy in the fall of 1934 and following him through Bulgaria and Romania to the coast of the Black Sea. Days and nights on the road, spectacular landscapes and uncanny cities, friendships lost and found, leading the high life in Bucharest or camping out with fishermen and shepherds–in the The Broken Road such incidents and escapades are described with all the linguistic bravura, odd and astonishing learning, and overflowing exuberance that Leigh Fermor is famous for, but also with a melancholy awareness of the passage of time, especially when he meditates on the scarred history of the Balkans or on his troubled relations with his father. The book ends, perfectly, with Paddy’s arrival in Greece, the country he would fall in love with and fight for. Throughout it we can still hear the ringing voice of an irrepressible young man embarking on a life of adventure.

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2014

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9781590177549


Format: Book
Author: Fermor, Patrick Leigh
Summary: "In the winter of 1933 eighteen-year-old Patrick ('Paddy') Leigh Fermor set out to walk across Europe, starting in Holland and ending in Constantinople, a trip that took him the better part of a year. Decades later, when he was well over fifty, Leigh Fermor told the story of that life-changing journey in A time of gifts and Between the woods and the water ... The broken road is the long and avidly awaited account of the final leg of his youthful adventure that Leigh Fermor promised but was unable to finish before his death in 2011, assembled from Leigh Fermor's manuscripts by his prize-winning biographer Artemis Cooper and the travel writer Colin Thubron"-- Provided by publisher.
Title: The broken road : from the Iron Gates to Mount Athos / Patrick Leigh Fermor ; edited by Colin Thubron and Artemis Cooper.
Publisher Date: New York : New York Review Books, [2014]
Subject: Fermor, Patrick Leigh -- Travel -- Europe, Eastern. Fermor, Patrick Leigh -- Travel -- Mediterranean Region. TRAVEL / Europe / General. BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs. BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Adventurers & Explorers.
Isbn: 9781590177549 (hbk. : alk. paper) 1590177541 (hbk. : alk. paper)
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Call Number: 914.96044 Fer
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Format: Book
Author: Fermor, Patrick Leigh.
Summary: "In the winter of 1933 eighteen-year-old Patrick ('Paddy') Leigh Fermor set out to walk across Europe, starting in Holland and ending in Constantinople, a trip that took him the better part of a year. Decades later, when he was well over fifty, Leigh Fermor told the story of that life-changing journey in A time of gifts and Between the woods and the water ... The broken road is the long and avidly awaited account of the final leg of his youthful adventure that Leigh Fermor promised but was unable to finish before his death in 2011, assembled from Leigh Fermor's manuscripts by his prize-winning biographer Artemis Cooper and the travel writer Colin Thubron"-- Provided by publisher.
Title: The broken road : from the Iron Gates to Mount Athos / Patrick Leigh Fermor ; edited by Colin Thubron and Artemis Cooper.
Publisher, Date: New York : New York Review Books, [2014]
Description: xxi, 362 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm
Series: New York Review Books classics
Series: New York Review Books classics.
Subjects: Fermor, Patrick Leigh -- Travel -- Europe, Eastern.
Subjects: Fermor, Patrick Leigh -- Travel -- Mediterranean Region.
Subjects: TRAVEL / Europe / General.
Subjects: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs.
Subjects: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Adventurers & Explorers.
Other Author: Thubron, Colin, 1939-
Other Author: Cooper, Artemis, 1953-
Notes: Originally published: Great Britain : John Murray (Publishers), 2013.
Notes: Continues: A time of gifts; and Between the woods and the water.
Notes: Includes index.
Contents: Introduction / Colin Thubron and Artemis Cooper -- From the iron gates -- A hanging glass box -- Over the Great Balkan -- To the Danube -- The Wallachian plain -- Bucharest -- To Varna -- Dancing by the Black Sea -- Constantinople -- Mount Athos.
LCCN: 2013043609
ISBN: 9781590177549 (hbk. : alk. paper)
ISBN: 1590177541 (hbk. : alk. paper)
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Call Number: 914.96044 Fer