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The Broken Road: From the Iron Gates to Mount Athos (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Patrick Leigh Fermor
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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 (Mail on Sunday - Jan Morris)

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 (Guardian - William Dalrymple)

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 (Spectator - Justin Marozzi)

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)

I set off along The Broken Road laden with expectations that I would have to make allowances. Yet almost from the off, I realised that I would have no use for these. Here was a wealth of descriptions that only Leigh Fermor could have conjured up . . . In a stroke of brilliance, Thubron and Cooper have included the separate diary that Leigh Fermor kept of the month he spent exploring Mount Athos in Greece immediately after leaving Istanbul. So, the Athos diary, aglow with rich experience, finally brings the journey to its rightful end in the spiritual heart of the country that was to prove, though the young author did not yet know it, Leigh Fermor's "real love and destination" (New Statesman)

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)

A road trip that is as illuminating as it is incomplete made by a traveller, warrior and jewelled stylist (Independent)

There is plenty to enjoy, so much so that the reader often forgets to wonder how much is true, and how much the revisionist work of an inventive and poetic mind . . . the pleasure lies in its combination of erudition, exuberant speculation, lively anecdote and meticulous, picture-painting language . . . Gorgeous imagery, granted, yet it is in Leigh Fermor's disarming cameos that The Broken Road excels (Sunday Times)

His literary executors have topped, tailed and polished with such sympathy and skill that their interventions cannot be detected. This is pure Paddy: these are his feelings, perceptions and responses, his the observations, his the descriptions, consummate in a phrase, acute and intense when extended to paragraph or page; this is his style yet it is in many ways a youthful text, its core the adventure of a very young man, its embellishments the experience, curiosity and wisdom of his older self (Evening Standard)

What a poignant and somehow fitting finale for a legendary procrastinator. It was certainly worth the wait (National)

This final leg, through Romania and Bulgaria rounds off a classic trilogy (i)

For readers of the other two books, to see the odyssey at last (almost) concluded, will naturally be irresistible. For everyone else there is the discovery of a unique writer (Sunday Express)

The final volume confirms the trilogy as one of the 'masterpieces' of English travel writing (Week)

A scintillating continuation of the prodigious walk that took the young Leigh Fermor right into the heart of magically different pre-war Europe and beyond . . . his journey is complete, his world task accomplished, with the whole undertaking as thick in marvels as Aladdin's cave (Irish Times)

The perfect present for anyone with wanderlust (Good Housekeeping)

The third unfinished volume of Leigh Fermor's enchanted journey through Mitteleuropa is here at last (TLS Books of the Year)

Glorious . . . Artemis Cooper and Colin Thubron created THE BROKEN ROAD from a rejected essay on walking (15 times the size requested of Paddy), some failed drafts and a pair of flimsy travel journals. But the author is arguably more present in their loving editorial hands . . . than in any of his other books. There is also that infectious enthusiasm for the road and the lived experience, for spoken language, oral knowledge and for everything Byzantine and Greek (Daily Telegraph, Best Books of the Year)

His epic journey's erudite conclusion will not disappoint his many fans (Saga)

Offers a fascinating glimpse of a lost time and talent (Financial Times, Books of the Year)

My favourite book this year was the final, unfinished and posthumous volume of Patrick Leigh Fermor's walking trilogy . . . it is every bit as masterly as Between the Woods and the Water (Observer, Books of the Year)

Glorious . . . Artemis Cooper and Colin Thubron created The Broken Road . . . but the author is arguably more present in their loving editorial hands . . . than in any of his other books. There is also that infectious enthusiasm for the road and the lived experience, for spoken language, oral knowledge and for everything Byzantine and Greek (Daily Telegraph, Books of the Year)

Its rich depictions and liquid language make this a masterpiece to savour (Sunday Express)

In magnificent prose [Patrick Leigh Fermor] describes liaisons with countesses in crumbling castles, changing landscapes, now lost forever, and the delight of a young man with nothing but himself and his quest for adventure. Travel writing at its most sublime (Daily Express)

His award-winning biographer Artemis Cooper and travel writer Colin Thubron have painstakingly and sensitively worked on Paddy's draft of the final leg of his epic journey and ghosted a wonderful account of his swashbuckling journey . . . It conjures up a life that's unimaginable in more cautious modern times and is beautifully written (Daily Mail)

Like many really good things, it's hard to say why The Broken Road, the final volume of Patrick Leigh Fermor's account of his walk from Holland to Constantinople, is so satisfying. But it is (Mail on Sunday)

Présentation de l'éditeur

The long-awaited final volume of the trilogy by Patrick Leigh Fermor.

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.

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4.0 étoiles sur 5 un voyage comme on en fait plus 19 janvier 2014
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Ce livre se décompose en deux parties le voyage inachevé de PLF pour Constantinople pour les trois quarts du livre et pour le dernier quart sa découverte du Mont Athos .
Sa biographe Artemis Cooper à travaillé à partir du manuscrit original écrit dans les années 60 et que l'auteur avait négligé depuis tant d'années . Ce voyage est fait de belles rencontres dans un monde qui ne sait pas qu'il courre vers la seconde guerre mondiale , on y sent aussi les prémices de l'attachement de l'auteur à la Grèce , PLF à une langue riche et fortement imagé mon anglais étant ce qu'il est j'ai eu quelquefois un peu de mal à comprendre des passages disons ...lyriques .
Je n'ai pas eu ce problème sur la partie consacré à la Sainte Montagne puisque cette partie du livre est tiré d'un simple carnet vert , carnet de voyage que PLF à retrouvé très tardivement , c'est pour moi amoureux de la Grèce la meilleure partie du livre .
J'attends la traduction sans trop y croire beaucoup ; Roumeli du même auteur n'est toujours pas traduit ...
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 recollecting 9 septembre 2014
Par lascaux
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Much worth reading if you have read the other two volumes of the walk to Constantinople done in the early 30s. It's less natural than the earlier books, but the very process of writing this one is interesting and explained by the two editors of this posthumous book.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The not so far back recent past, again. 21 juillet 2014
One should know that people like this have existed. His travelled road is a great read. Some places I have known, but not like he did.
Great read.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 At last! 26 septembre 2013
Par John the Reader - Publié sur Amazon.com
A broken repast, some scattered crumbs, some morsels missing and forgotten, some condiments lacking ... but still a feast! After a thirty year wait, Paddy's readers finally get to read the third volume of his planned series; recounting his youthful walk from England to Constantinople. Re-constructed from works he never finished editing, morsels of recovered diaries and letters, the volume, loving compiled by Colin Thubron and Artemis Cooper (what sterling editors) concludes, in an honorable way, the intention of the author.

Here again we hear that distinctive voice recount the joys and confusions of his youthful search for knowledge, experience that same dramatic contrasts between sleeping many weeks in the bone-chilling cold of smoky peasant cots with golden respites in the castles and chauffeur driven stays with the old, and already dying-out aristocratic of the olden Mittel-Europe.

The final chapter has echoes of the "Time for Silence" and "Mani" books that gloriously emerged from his later wanders in Greece and is extracted from one of the few diaries (The Green Diary) that survived his war-time exploits and the European ravages of the decades after his trip.

If it is perhaps true that this "broken" and unpolished volume is not the best introduction to the trilogy, it certainly is a vibrant and tempting overture to his subsequent writing in Greece. A wonderful, rich read.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Curiously appropriate 1 décembre 2013
Par Marshal Berthier - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I unknowingly did some of the Fermor trek in the mid-'70's, although at that time few had heard of him, and I suspect none in the Boomer cohort. Certainly we would have idealized him in spirit, had we known. As I was newly out of the military, not particularly an outstanding academic, intent on being a writer, the connection would have been even stronger.

As I have read more, and more, and more about Fermor, including many of the less complimentary comments in parts of the British press, he has evolved; less idealized, more complex, less compelling. He certainly seems to have treated his wife like s***, and freely sponged off everyone at a world-class level. A frequently drunken, perennnially unemployed lecher, who also proved to be a writer with few equals: Indeed a "dangerous mixture of sophistication and recklessness." For greater detail on his life, a search on 'paris review fermor' should take you to 'A Visit with Patrick Leigh Fermor' by the Paris Review.

The first two are brilliant, almost defining their own class. So then, what to make of this one, how can you not fall under the Fermor charm? This last one, as others have observed, is much less smooth and polished. I think that's as it should be, and I have to wonder if he didn't have that in mind all along. Facing a reality he didn't have the will to romanticize, deciding to leave us struggling with a different Fermor. He'd have liked it that way, plus it appealed to his lazy side. The rest of us will just have to be content with what he left us, and I suspect he had that in mind as well.

It's very obvious that he knew his end was coming; he is much more introspective, more honest about himself. A small section on his relationship with his mother and father is particularly poignant (there is by the way, really a mineral called Fermorite, named for his father, who more than 60 years after his death is still regarded as one of India's greatest earth scientists). He knows there will be no more adventures, and I don't have a sense that was true in the first two. Though this book is obviously related to the first two, it would stand alone as a very, very good narrative of travel, and I won't be one to declare it inferior or secondary.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Necessary and sufficient 27 septembre 2013
Par J. J. O'DONNELL - Publié sur Amazon.com
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There are three passages of the first quality, the rest almost always high second, very few clangers. He wrote better books than this, but few write books as good as this.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Sequel to a Time of Gifts 18 octobre 2013
Par Aviott John - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This is the third volume of Leigh Fermor's wanderings on foot from the Hook of Holland to Constantinople. As a great fan of Leigh Fermor, someone who rates the first 2 volumes (Time of Gifts; Between the Woods and the Water) as a 5-star read, this 4-star rating was hard to decide. Although the writing is superb, there is some spark missing here that was very evident in the first 2 volumes.No wonder that he had such a difficult time finishing the 3rd volume. Despite the 4-star rating for this book, the trilogy as a whole gets a 5-star rating as 3 of the finest travel books in the English language. Also note: the German language translation of vol. 1: Zeit der Gaben, does not come anywhere close to the power of the original.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A Path Remembered 26 janvier 2014
Par piers s akerman - Publié sur Amazon.com
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As a visitor to the Holy Mountain in the Spring of 2013, I found the last chapter particularly appealing (and wonderfully familiarly comforting) but all of Fermor's book evokes reminiscences of youth.
He was a gifted writer with a magnificent scope and breadth of intellect and interest.
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