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The Traveller's Tree

The Traveller's Tree

A Journey Through the Carribean Islands

  • Author: Patrick Leigh Fermor
  • Publisher: New York Review of Books
  • ISBN: 1590175220
  • Category: Travel
  • Page: 432
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In the late 1940s Patrick Leigh Fermor, now widely regarded as one of the twentieth century’s greatest travel writers, set out to explore the then relatively little-visited islands of the Caribbean. Rather than a comprehensive political or historical study of the region, The Traveller’s Tree, Leigh Fermor’s first book, gives us his own vivid, idiosyncratic impressions of Guadeloupe, Martinique, Dominica, Barbados, Trinidad, and Haiti, among other islands. Here we watch Leigh Fermor walk the dusty roads of the countryside and the broad avenues of former colonial capitals, equally at home among the peasant and the elite, the laborer and the artist. He listens to steel drum bands, delights in the Congo dancing that closes out Havana’s Carnival, and observes vodou and Rastafarian rites, all with the generous curiosity and easy erudition that readers will recognize from his subsequent classic accounts A Time of Gifts and Between the Woods and the Water.

The Traveller's Treee

The Traveller's Treee

Island-Hopping Through the Caribbean in the 1940's

  • Author: Patrick Leigh Fermor
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9781589762480
  • Category: History
  • Page: 440
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Find out what might make a cannibal eat his meal in depressed silence in Fermor's narrative of his experiences tooling around the Caribbean in the 1940s. This Anglo-Irish adventurer traveled by steamer, airplane, and sailboat along the entire length of the West Indian island chain. He was a very acute observer and carefully documented the unique geographical, cultural, and linguistic features of the islands. The mixtures of cultures and religions in the Caribbean are unique in the world, and the author writes down every detail of what he sees, from Voodoo rituals to eclectic fashion.

The Violins of Saint-Jacques

The Violins of Saint-Jacques

  • Author: Patrick Leigh Fermor
  • Publisher: New York Review of Books
  • ISBN: 1590177827
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 160
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"Mr. Fermor's elegant rococo fantasy about a volcanic eruption on an imaginary Caribbean island is just close enough to reality to raise a genuine shiver--possibly even a genuine tear. In truth, it is a small timeless masterpiece."--Phoebe Lou Adams, The Atlantic An NYRB Classics Original Patrick Leigh Fermor's only novel displays the same lustrous way with words as his beloved travel trilogy (A Time of Gifts, Between the Woods and the Water, and The Broken Road), the memoir of his youthful walk from the Hook of Holland to Constantinople. This slim book starts with the meeting of an English traveler and an enigmatic elderly Frenchwoman on an Aegean island. He is captivated by her painting of a busy Caribbean port in the shadow of a volcano, which leads her to tell him the story of her childhood in that town back at the beginning of the twentieth century. The tale she unfolds, set in the tropical luxury of the island of Saint-Jacques, is one of romantic intrigue and decadence involving the descendants of slaves and a fading French aristocracy. Then, on the night of the annual Mardi Gras ball, a whole world comes to a catastrophic and haunting end.

A Time of Gifts

A Time of Gifts

On Foot to Constantinople: from the Hook of Holland to the Middle Danube

  • Author: Patrick Leigh Fermor
  • Publisher: John Murray
  • ISBN: 1848545231
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 300
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In 1933, at the age of 18, Patrick Leigh Fermor set out on an extraordinary journey by foot - from the Hook of Holland to Constantinople. A Time of Gifts is the first volume in a trilogy recounting the trip, and takes the reader with him as far as Hungary. It is a book of compelling glimpses - not only of the events which were curdling Europe at that time, but also of its resplendent domes and monasteries, its great rivers, the sun on the Bavarian snow, the storks and frogs, the hospitable burgomasters who welcomed him, and that world's grandeurs and courtesies. His powers of recollection have astonishing sweep and verve, and the scope is majestic.

The Island Martinique

The Island Martinique

  • Author: John Edgar Wideman
  • Publisher: National Geographic Books
  • ISBN: 1426209053
  • Category: Travel
  • Page: 192
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In this compelling travel memoir, two-time PEN/Faulkner Award winner John Edgar Wideman explores Martinique's seductive natural beauty and culture, as well as its vexed history of colonial violence and racism. Attempting to decipher the strange, alluring mixture of African and European that is Creole, he and his French traveling companion develop a powerful attraction to one another which they find at once threatened and elevated by a third party—the island itself. A rich intersection of place, history, and the intricacies of human relations, Wideman's story gets deep into the Caribbean and close to the heart of the Creole experience.

Island People

Island People

The Caribbean and the World

  • Author: Joshua Jelly-Schapiro
  • Publisher: Vintage
  • ISBN: 0385349777
  • Category: Travel
  • Page: 464
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A masterwork of travel literature and of history: voyaging from Cuba to Jamaica, Puerto Rico to Trinidad, Haiti to Barbados, and islands in between, Joshua Jelly-Schapiro offers a kaleidoscopic portrait of each society, its culture and politics, connecting this region’s common heritage to its fierce grip on the world’s imagination. From the moment Columbus gazed out from the Santa María's deck in 1492 at what he mistook for an island off Asia, the Caribbean has been subjected to the misunderstandings and fantasies of outsiders. Running roughshod over the place, they have viewed these islands and their inhabitants as exotic allure to be consumed or conquered. The Caribbean stood at the center of the transatlantic slave trade for more than three hundred years, with societies shaped by mass migrations and forced labor. But its people, scattered across a vast archipelago and separated by the languages of their colonizers, have nonetheless together helped make the modern world—its politics, religion, economics, music, and culture. Jelly-Schapiro gives a sweeping account of how these islands’ inhabitants have searched and fought for better lives. With wit and erudition, he chronicles this “place where globalization began,” and introduces us to its forty million people who continue to decisively shape our world. From the Hardcover edition.

A Traveller's History of the Caribbean

A Traveller's History of the Caribbean

  • Author: James Ferguson
  • Publisher: Interlink Books
  • ISBN: 9781566566902
  • Category: History
  • Page: 371
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"A concise and authoritative history of the entire region covering the larger nations of the Bahamas, Cuba, Jamaica, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and Trinidad and Tobago as well as the smaller islands of the Eastern Caribbean and the French, British, and Dutch territories. Tracing the islands' path from slavery to revolution and independence, A Traveller's History of the Caribbean looks at the history of countries as different as Cuba, Jamaica, and Haiti, exploring their diversity and their common experiences. It reveals a region in which a tumultuous past has created a culturally vibrant and intriguing present."--BOOK JACKET.

Hindoo Holiday

Hindoo Holiday

  • Author: J.R. Ackerley
  • Publisher: New York Review of Books
  • ISBN: 1590175247
  • Category: Travel
  • Page: 320
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In the 1920s, the young J. R. Ackerley spent several months in India as the personal secretary to the maharajah of a small Indian principality. In his journals, Ackerley recorded the Maharajah’s fantastically eccentric habits and riddling conversations, and the odd shambling day-to-day life of his court. Hindoo Holiday is an intimate and very funny account of an exceedingly strange place, and one of the masterpieces of twentieth-century travel literature.

Abducting a General

Abducting a General

The Kreipe Operation in Crete

  • Author: Patrick Leigh Fermor
  • Publisher: New York Review of Books
  • ISBN: 1590179390
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 240
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One of the most daring feats in Patrick Leigh Fermor’s daring life was the kidnapping of General Kreipe, the German commander in Crete, on April 26, 1944. Abducting a General, now published for the first time in the United States, is Leigh Fermor’s own account of the kidnapping. Written in his inimitable prose, and introduced by the acclaimed Special Operations Executive historian Roderick Bailey, it is a glorious firsthand account of one of the great adventures of the Second World War. Also included in this book are Leigh Fermor’s intelligence reports sent from caves deep within Crete, which bring the immediacy of SOE operations vividly alive, as well as the peril under which the SOE and Resistance were operating, and a guide to the journey that Kreipe took, from the abandonment of his car to the embarkation site, so that the modern visitor to Crete can relive this extraordinary trip.

The Traveller's Guide to Fairy Sites

The Traveller's Guide to Fairy Sites

The Landscape and Folklore of Fairyland in England, Wales and Scotland

  • Author: Janet Bord
  • Publisher: Gothic Image
  • ISBN: 9780906362648
  • Category: Travel
  • Page: 294
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Contains information on over 500 fairy sites in the British Isles. Concentrating on places that are identifiable and able to be visited today, the sources drawn on range from traditional folklore to modern first-hand sighting reports. The entries give precise locations, including Ordnance Survey map references. All the different types of Little People are represented. They are mostly not the pretty winged fairies that appear in children's picture books. 'Real' fairies can be frightening. By reading these stories and travelling to the sites, the reader will gain a sense of what it is to inhabit that Otherworld of the fairies. This is a call to get up and explore the Fairyland that is all around us.

Between the Woods and the Water

Between the Woods and the Water

On Foot to Constantinople: From the Middle Danube to the Iron Gates

  • Author: Patrick Leigh Fermor
  • Publisher: New York Review of Books
  • ISBN: 1590175182
  • Category: Travel
  • Page: 288
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Continuing the epic foot journey across Europe begun in A Time of Gifts The journey that Patrick Leigh Fermor set out on in 1933—to cross Europe on foot with an emergency allowance of one pound a day—proved so rich in experiences that when much later he sat down to describe them, they overflowed into more than one volume. Undertaken as the storms of war gathered, and providing a background for the events that were beginning to unfold in Central Europe, Leigh Fermor’s still-unfinished account of his journey has established itself as a modern classic. Between the Woods and the Water, the second volume of a projected three, has garnered as many prizes as its celebrated predecessor, A Time of Gifts. The opening of the book finds Leigh Fermor crossing the Danube—at the very moment where his first volume left off. A detour to the luminous splendors of Prague is followed by a trip downriver to Budapest, passage on horseback across the Great Hungarian Plain, and a crossing of the Romanian border into Transylvania. Remote castles, mountain villages, monasteries and towering ranges that are the haunt of bears, wolves, eagles, gypsies, and a variety of sects are all savored in the approach to the Iron Gates, the division between the Carpathian mountains and the Balkans, where, for now, the story ends.

Patrick Leigh Fermor

Patrick Leigh Fermor

A Life in Letters

  • Author: Patrick Leigh Fermor
  • Publisher: New York Review of Books
  • ISBN: 1681371561
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 512
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"The first extensive collection of letters written by war hero and travel writing legend Patrick Leigh Fermor. The letters in this volume span seventy years, from February 1940 to January 2010. The first was written ten days before Patrick Leigh Fermor's twenty-fifth birthday, when he was an officer cadet, hoping for a commission in the Irish Guards. He had hurried back to England from Romania in September 1939, expecting to die within weeks of being sent into action, like his friend who was a junior officer in the First World War. The last two were written on the same day, when Paddy (as he called himself, and almost everyone else called him) was ninety-four, a widower, very deaf, and suffering from tunnel vision, which made it hard for him to read even his own handwriting. His voice was already hoarse from the throat cancer that would kill him seventeen months later. But these last letters, like the first and most of the others printed here, exude a zest that was characteristic. From first to last, Paddy's letters radiate warmth and gaiety. Often they are decorated with witty illustrations and enhanced by comic verse. Sometimes they contain riddles and cringe-making puns"--

The Great African Island: Chapters on Madagascar

The Great African Island: Chapters on Madagascar

A Popular Account of Recent Researches in the Physical Geography, Geology, and Exploration of the Country, and Its Natural History and Botany ...

  • Author: James Sibree
  • Publisher: London : Trübner
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Botany
  • Page: 372
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The Great African Island

The Great African Island

  • Author: James Sibree
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Botany
  • Page: 372
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Roumeli

Roumeli

  • Author: Patrick Leigh Fermor
  • Publisher: John Murray
  • ISBN: 1848545444
  • Category: Travel
  • Page: 300
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Patrick Leigh Fermor's Mani compellingly revealed a hidden world of Southern Greece and its past. Its northern counterpart takes the reader among Sarakatsan shepherds, the monasteries of Meteora and the villages of Krakora, among itinerant pedlars and beggars, and even tracks down at Missolonghi a pair of Byron's slippers. Roumeli is not on modern maps: it is the ancient name for the lands from the Bosphorus to the Adriatic and from Macedonia to the Gulf of Corinth. But it is the perfect, evocative name for the Greece that Fermor captures in writing that carries throughout his trademark vividness of description. But what is more, the pictures of people, traditions and landscapes that he creates on the page are imbued with an intimate understanding of Greece and its history.

Antananarivo Annual and Madagascar Magazine

Antananarivo Annual and Madagascar Magazine

A Record of Information on ... Madagascar

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Madagascar
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A Time to Keep Silence

A Time to Keep Silence

  • Author: Patrick Leigh Fermor
  • Publisher: Hachette UK
  • ISBN: 1848547021
  • Category: Travel
  • Page: 300
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From the French Abbey of St Wandrille to the abandoned and awesome Rock Monasteries of Cappadocia in Turkey, the celebrated travel writer Patrick Leigh Fermor studies the rigorous contemplative lives of the monks and the timeless beauty of their monastic surroundings. In his occasional retreats, the peaceful solitude and the calm enchantment of the monasteries was passed on as a kind of 'supernatural windfall' which A Time to Keep Silence so effortlessly records.

The Antananarvio Annual and Madagascar Magazine

The Antananarvio Annual and Madagascar Magazine

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Madagascar
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The Ladies' Companion

The Ladies' Companion

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Women's periodicals, English
  • Page: N.A
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