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Patrick Leigh Fermor : an adventure

Author: Artemis Cooper
Publisher: New York : New York Review Books, 2012.
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"Patrick Leigh Fermor's enviably colorful life took off when in 1934, at the age of eighteen, he decided to walk across Europe. In just over a year he had trekked through nine countries and taught himself three languages, and his enthusiasm and curiosity for every kind of experience made him equally happy in caves or country houses, among shepherds or countesses. At the outbreak of war he left his lover, Princess  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Patrick Leigh Fermor; Patrick Leigh Fermor
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Artemis Cooper
ISBN: 9781590176740 159017674X
OCLC Number: 847763495
Description: xiii, 448 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Neverland --
The plan --
"Zu Fuss nach Konstantinopel" --
An enchanted summer --
Bulgaria to Mount Athos --
Balasha --
An intelligence officer --
Crete and General Carta --
Setting the trap --
The Hussar stunt --
The British Institute, Athens --
The Caribbean --
Writing The traveller's tree --
Travels in Greece --
Byron's slippers --
Cyprus --
In Africa and Italy --
A visit to Rumania --
A monastery built for two --
Shifts in perspective --
"For now the time of gifts is gone" --
Appendices 1: A note on the Green diary and 'A youthful journey' ; 2: Patrick Leigh Fermor's walk across Europe, 1933-5.
Responsibility: Artemis Cooper.

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"Patrick Leigh Fermor's enviably colorful life took off when in 1934, at the age of eighteen, he decided to walk across Europe. In just over a year he had trekked through nine countries and taught himself three languages, and his enthusiasm and curiosity for every kind of experience made him equally happy in caves or country houses, among shepherds or countesses. At the outbreak of war he left his lover, Princess Balasha Cantacuzene, in Romania and returned to England to enlist. Commissioned into the Intelligence Corps, he became one of the handful of Allied officers supporting the Cretan resistance to the German occupation. In 1944 he commanded the Anglo-Cretan team that abducted General Heinrich Kreipe and spirited him away to Egypt. A journey to the Caribbean, stays in monasteries, and explorations all over Greece provided the subjects for his first books. It was not until he and his wife had moved to southern Greece that he returned to his earliest walk. In these books, which took many years to write, he created a vision of a prewar Europe, which in its beauty and abundance has never been equaled. Artemis Cooper has drawn on years of interviews and conversations with Leigh Fermor and his closest friends, and has had complete access to his archive. Her beautifully crafted biography portrays a man of extraordinary gifts--no one wore their learning so playfully nor inspired such passionate friendship"--
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