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September 02, 2009



Very, very nice…


Glad you liked it. I had entered it in back in July, I think, when I read Between the Woods and the Water (and its predecessor, A Time of Gifts), intending to write a post about them. Well, you know how that goes--the closest I came to doing it was making a comment over at Franklin's, and then time passed. As it happens, my opinion of the second book rose considerably as I finished it, which was to be past of the topic of my post; but since I never completed it, I thought I might at least put the quote to good use.

Bunny Smedley

On a whim I bought 'In Tearing Haste' last spring - mostly because I was waiting for a friend in a bookshop cafe and needed something to read in order not to feel self-conscious in that 'here I am, waiting for someone' way, but also slightly because the Deborah Devonshire who turns up in James Lees-Milne's diaries came across as entertaining company. The book turned out to be a success, too, largely due to the fruitful contrasts between the two correspondents - their prose, their lives, their motivations in writing to one another.

But it also exposed the alarming fact that I'd never previously read a word by Patrick Leigh Fermor. Faced with such a long back-catalogue, where to start? 'In Time of Gifts' would seem to be the answer. Thanks!

Fabrizio Van Marciano

Very good, leaves your imagination creating images as the words unfold. Well written too, nice one thanks for sharing it.

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