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In Tearing Haste: Letters Between Deborah Devonshire and Patrick Leigh Fermor (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Patrick Leigh Fermor , Deborah Devonshire
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"Spanning 1954 to 2007, the volume reads like an accidental memoir of a disappearing world stretching from the manor houses of the English aristocracy to the olive groves of Greece, its people and places rendered with a kind of care that’s becoming scarce in our age of helter-skelter communication. At the same time, the book’s title, a phrase deriving from Leigh Fermor’s habit of dashing off messages ‘with a foot in the stirrup,’ captures the vigor and bustle of the lives that nourished the correspondence….In Tearing Haste is engaging from start to finish. There isn’t a dull letter among Charlotte Mosley’s selections. Even her annotations, often incorporating information from the book’s two correspondents, are as surprising as they are informative….More than anything else, the collection is important as an addition to Leigh Fermor’s body of work, both because his letters constitute a larger portion of the volume and because the writing in them harmonizes with the books that established his literary reputation." —The Nation

"This is a book that evokes a lost world of glamour, intelligence and personal scruples. The memory of its pristine landscapes, resolute gaiety and eccentric characters leaves a glorious afterglow." —Sunday Telegraph

"Spanning half a century, bursting with wit and conviviality…the result is surely one of the great 20th-century correspondences." —The Observer (London)

"This marvelous correspondence celebrates two of the most important things in the world, courage and friendship" —The Spectator

"Highly engaging exchanges of mutual joie de vivre." —The Times

"As full of fizz and conviviality as a glass of champagne" —Metro

"A feast for reading…An enchanting book." —Irish Examiner

"Chatty, witty, teasing, gossipy, relentlessly cheerful and with more than a hint of modest good sense, her short replies bounce off his beautiful essays like volleys of tennis balls off a cathedral." —The Scotsman

Présentation de l'éditeur

In spring 1956, Deborah, Duchess of Devonshire - youngest of the six legendary Mitford sisters - invited the writer and war hero Patrick Leigh Fermor to visit Lismore Castle, the Devonshires' house in Ireland. This halcyon visit sparked off a deep friendship and a lifelong exchange of sporadic but highly entertaining letters.

There can rarely have been such contrasting styles: Debo, unashamed philistine and self-professed illiterate (though suspected by her friends of being a secret reader), darts from subject to subject while Paddy, polyglot, widely read prose virtuoso, replies in the fluent, polished manner that has earned him recognition as one of the finest writers in the English language.

Prose notwithstanding, the two friends have much in common: a huge enjoyment of life, youthful high spirits, warmth, generosity and lack of malice. There are glimpses of President Kennedy's inauguration, weekends at Sandringham, stag hunting in France, filming with Errol Flynn in French Equatorial Africa and, above all, of life at Chatsworth, the great house that Debo spent much of her life restoring, and of Paddy in the house that he and his wife Joan designed and built on the southernmost peninsula of Greece.

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  • Editeur : John Murray (3 novembre 2010)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Fascinating Mitford Insight 30 août 2012
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Shows another side of Debo Mitford and the great wit of Patrick Leigh Fermor. Debo a self confessed phillistine writes her letters well Unputdownable.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 One who keeps tearing around. . . 25 décembre 2011
Par Stephanie Patterson - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I admit to a soft spot for reading about the Mitfords and for reading their correspondence. So this book was right up my street. I loved reading The Duchess of Devonshire's wonderful chat about running an estate, attending the inauguration and funeral of John Kennedy (she was amused that during the inauguration activities the press had to run around trying to figure out just who she was), and the marital problems of "my friend" (the Prince of Wales). She is well-bred and doesn't really gossip, noting only that the had heard that Princess Diana was "not easy." Despite all the glittering people she talks about, you never forget that she also knows an awful lot about sheep and chickens

Patrick Leigh Fermor is that rare creature, a man of action and a man of letter. His books about his travels ("A Time of Gifts," "Between the Woods and the Water") are incredibly well written. Many consider him the finest travel writer ever. His letters are filled with detail and the reader feels he is experiencing adventure right along with the author. During WWII he was involved in the battle of Crete and was captured a German general. His death, earlier this year at the age of 95, was received more coverage in Britain than it did in the States.

I started and ended my day with these letters. Both correspondents were great companions and I hated to see the book come to an end
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A lively tribute to two fascinating characters 30 juillet 2009
Par S. McGee - Publié sur Amazon.com
This is the kind of book that, in a few decades, will be almost impossible to compile. Let's face it, e-mail just doesn't lend itself to the kind of intimacy or stream of consciousness -- much less the elegance and wit -- of the kind found in this anthology of half-a-century's worth of letters that flowed back and forth between Deborah, Duchess of Devonshire and Patrick Leigh Fermor.

Leigh Fermor, known as 'Paddy', remains one of my favorite writers, thanks to works like A Time of Gifts: On Foot to Constantinople: From the Hook of Holland to the Middle Danube (New York Review Books Classics), A Time to Keep Silence (New York Review Books Classics), and Mani: Travels in the Southern Peloponnese (New York Review Books Classics). 'Debo' Devonshire, on the surface, is Leigh Fermor's polar opposite; she claims never to pick up books and read them, almost boasting of this; she makes a small melodrama of agreeing to read one of Paddy's forthcoming books. Nonetheless, Leigh Fermor obviously enjoys her wit and slapdash style, as well as the chit chat and observations about friends they have in common, acquaintances, and the great and the good (including Prince Charles and JFK). "You do write good letters, you know, you really do, in that whiz-bang planchette style, hitting the nail on the head again and again without even trying."

Anyone familiar with Leigh Fermor's writings will find much here to relish, such as his description of watching olive oil being made: "a terrific grinding and clatter, then out streams -- first trickling, then a gush -- the jade green oil, which we dip bread in and munch in ecstasy." The book contains long and eloquent letters describing his various travels and adventures, as well as his writing life. These alone proved worth the price of this book to me.

Deborah Devonshire has made her name in England through a series of books about the renovation of Chatsworth and some collections of writings about her life (ranging from the London debutante season of 1938 to the hazards of clothes shopping with fading eyesight -- see Counting My Chickens: And Other Home Thoughts. Her own writing style is far less elegant and far more the product of a bygone era; things are "jolly" or "rum", a person worth knowing is "a good egg". But looking past the style (which although it sounds affected to readers, is natural to the author), I ended up focusing instead on the humor, heart and resilience of Debo's letters to Paddy. "Americans aren't suited to tragedy," she writes, astutely, after attending JFK's funeral. An emotional gravitas becomes more pronounced as she marks one loss after another. "It has all been so supremely FOUL for poor Nancy," she writes of the terminal illness of one of her five sisters, author Nancy Mitford. (See The Pursuit of Love & Love in a Cold Climate: Two Novels, her famous novels, or the biography of Louis XIV The Sun King.) (The other Mitford sisters, daughters of Lord Redesdale, included Unity (devoted to Hitler), Jessica (leftist author of The American Way of Death, Diana (wife to onetime British fascist leader Oswald Mosley and later a book reviewer and cultural critic), and Pamela, who was the object of the affections of British poet John Betjeman.)

The letters include a lot of chit-chat about their circle of common friends include such fascinating characters as Ian Fleming (author of the James Bond novels), politicians, film stars, royalty, etc. This palled on me after a while, but there is still enough that I found fascinating, particularly the way such a deep bond formed between two such disparate characters. Collectively, the letters paint a picture of a world that is nearly vanished, and that had much that we wouldn't value today. But these letters reminded me of what we would do well to remember; the value of good manners, of wit and style and conversation (not just Paris Hilton-style flamboyance) as well as the lingering importance of values, both personal and literary. Above all, it reminds us in the fast-moving era in which we live, in which texting, tweeting, social networking and e-mail are the primary modes of communication, that conversation and correspondence can enrich one's life and foster real and enduring friendships.

Ultimately, I found this anthology to be a deeply moving chronicle of a friendship that lasts to this day, with both writers now in their 90s and helping each other cope with the vicissitudes of old age, from infirmity to the loss of those they love most. There's a lot of lively writing here to savor, and, for those willing to think about the essence what is being said over the course of the correspondence and not be distracted by the flippant style likely to be unfamiliar to American readers, there's a lot of food for thought.

Very highly recommended to readers of books by either of the two correspondents; anyone interested in the evolution of modern British society will find the offhand references to social and cultural changes fascinating. While I loved this book, including the fact that it darts back and forth between the trivialities of both correspondents' lives and longer, more thoughtful writing, that probably won't appeal to some readers. Rated 4.5 stars; rounded down only because some of the letters seem to have been included for sheer gossip value.

Note: the correspondence was edited by Deborah Devonshire's niece, and includes comments by each correspondent on the other in the preface.
Irrelevant note: I'm praying almost nightly that Leigh Fermor manages to complete the long awaited third volume of his 1930s travels on foot to Constantinople.........
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great time travel into the past 4 avril 2011
Par C. C. George - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Fascinating to witness the everyday life of interesting people who spanned some recent history and interacted with some key public figures of that era.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 LASTING FRIENDSHIP 2 novembre 2010
Par lady susan - Publié sur Amazon.com
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this is a wonderfully entertaining book. sometimes poignant,also
very funny,two people who became such dear friends over the years,
and shared their happy times as well as their sad times,i have a feeling that when one of them dies, the other will be truly heart broken. i wish there had been more letters available to read. i can highly recommend this book.Park Top
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 In Tearing Haste: Letters of Deborah Devonshire and Patrick Leigh Fermor - A Lost Art Saved and Shared 20 janvier 2014
Par Ol' Jon - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
If you enjoy literate, amusing letters that build a picture in your mind's eye of the people who wrote them, this is a book for you. Yes, it starts in a long-ago era, post WW II, and yes, the letter writers are a British aristocrat and a writer who lived an unconventional, traveling, writing, hob-nob-with-the-aristocracy international set, and who was a war hero, but you end up admiring friendship and entering into the charmed circle of wit, hopes, laughs, sorrows, loves, hard work, and family and friends. A very good read.
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