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Dashing for the Post

Patrick Leigh Fermor

  • Bindwijze: Paperback
  • Taal: Engels
  • Categorie: Taal
  • Uitgever: John Murray Press
  • ISBN: 9781473622494
The Letters of Patrick Leigh Fermor
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Taal:Engels
Bindwijze:Paperback
Druk:1
Verschijningsdatum:juni 2017
Afmetingen:Afmeting: 19,8 x 12,9 x 4 cm
Aantal pagina's:496 pagina's
Illustraties:Nee
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Auteur(s):Patrick Leigh Fermor
Redacteur:Adam Sisman
Redacteur:Adam Sisman

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A revelatory collection of letters written by the author of The Broken Road. Handsome, spirited and erudite, Patrick Leigh Fermor was a war hero and one of the greatest travel writers of his generation. He was also a spectacularly gifted friend. The letters in this collection span almost seventy years, the first written ten days before Paddy's twenty-fifth birthday, the last when he was ninety-four. His correspondents include Deborah Devonshire, Ann Fleming, Nancy Mitford, Lawrence Durrell, Diana Cooper and his lifelong companion, Joan Rayner; he wrote his first letter to her in his cell at the monastery Saint Wandrille, the setting for his reflections on monastic life in A Time to Keep Silence. His letters exhibit many of his most engaging characteristics: his zest for life, his unending curiosity, his lyrical descriptive powers, his love of language, his exuberance and his tendency to get into scrapes - particularly when drinking and, quite separately, driving. Here are plenty of extraordinary stories: the hunt for Byron's slippers in one of the remotest regions of Greece; an ignominious dismissal from Somerset Maugham's Villa Mauresque; hiding behind a bush to dub Dirk Bogarde into Greek during the shooting of Ill Met by Moonlight, the film based on the story of General Kreipe's abduction; his extensive travels. Some letters contain glimpses of the great and the good, while others are included purely for the joy of the jokes.