The Broken Road From the Iron Gates to Mount Athos

by Patrick Leigh Fermor

Travel

The Broken Road From the Iron Gates to Mount Athos Synopsis

A Time of Gifts and Between the Woods and the Water were the first two volumes in a projected trilogy that would describe the walk that Patrick Leigh Fermor undertook at the age of eighteen from the Hook of Holland to Constantinople. 'When are you going to finish Vol. III?' was the cry from his fans; but although he wished he could, the words refused to come. The curious thing was that he had not only written an early draft of the last part of the walk, but that it predated the other two. It remains unfinished but The Broken Road - edited and introduced by Colin Thubron and Artemis Cooper - completes an extraordinary journey.

The Broken Road From the Iron Gates to Mount Athos Press Reviews

'Nobody could do the job better than the book's editors. Colin Thubron is a travel writer of Leigh Fermor's calibre, Artemis Cooper is his masterly biographer ... It contains wonderful passages of purest Leigh Fermor ... Time and again he gives us vivid glimpses of encounters along the way - priests and peasants, the squalors of the back country, high life in Bucharest - and this virtuoso display is embedded as always in his astonishing range of learning ... full of fun, kindness, easy learning, sophistication and innocence ... a gently fitting conclusion to his tumultuous masterpiece' -- Jan Morris Mail on Sunday

 

'This is a major work. It confirms that Leigh Fermor was, along with Robert Byron, the greatest travel writer of his generation, and this final volume assures the place of the trilogy as one of the masterpieces of the genre, indeed one of the masterworks of post-war English non-fiction' -- William Dalrymple Guardian

 

'Colin Thubron and Artemis Cooper have put this book to bed with skill and sensitivity ... Friends and fans, acolytes, devotees and disciples can all rest easy. It was worth the wait' -- Justin Marozzi Spectator

 

'The editors have done a fine job' Literary Review

 

'It is magnificent. Cooper and Thubron have done an immense service in bringing the book to publication, for it unmistakably stands comparison with its remarkable siblings. The prose has the glorious turbulence and boil of the first two books, and the youthful magic of his 'dream-odyssey
is still potent' Robert MacFarlane, The Times

 

'A fitting conclusion to his masterpiece ... This book is momentous' Mail on Sunday

 

'The pages are filled with brilliant evocations of his life on the road, none richer than the time he spent in a Romanian broth ... It is a fitting epilogue to 20th-century travel-writing and essential reading for devotees of Sir Patrick's other works' The Economist

 

'This is a picaresque essay, a virtuoso tapestry of anecdote in the author's best tradition' Country Life

 

The first two volumes were a joy to read, not least for Leigh Fermor's ability to recapture in later life the intense excitement of being a young man lighting out. The latest book offers similar joys '... Also evident are another of the joys of the earlier books - the pyrotechnics of his writing. Exuberance is expressed in heightened suggestions ... it captures the joy of the open road, the fresh view he gives of Europe as it began to show the stresses that led to world war, and the glimpses of a long-lost life and innocence' Observer

 

'The Mount Athos diary - untampered with by his older self - reminds us what an extraordinary young man he was ... This early style is more immediate, more youthful; a pleasure to read in a wholly different way from the later magnificence' Financial Times

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ISBN: 9781848547520
Publication date: 12/09/2013
Publisher: John Murray Publishers Ltd an imprint of John Murray General Publishing Division
Format: Hardback

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ISBN: 9781848547520
Publication date: 12th September 2013
Author: Patrick Leigh Fermor
Publisher: John Murray Publishers Ltd an imprint of John Murray General Publishing Division
Format: Hardback
Genres: Travel,
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About Patrick Leigh Fermor

Following his walk across Europe, Patrick Leigh Fermor (1915-2011) lived and travelled in the Balkans and Greek Archipelago. He joined the Irish Guards and during the occupation of Crete led the party that captured the German commander. He was awarded the DSO and OBE.

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