Editorial Reviews. Review. “[Mani and Roumeli are] two of the 20th Centuries most celebrated travel books” — Independent on Sunday From the Mani. Buy Mani: Travels in the Southern Peloponnese by Patrick Leigh Fermor (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices and free. This is Patrick Leigh Fermor’s spellbinding part-travelogue, part inspired evocation of a part of Greece’s past. Joining him in the Mani, one of Europe’s wildest.

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This isolation also means that the region has maintained much stronger links to its ancient past too. Dec 15, Nick rated it liked it. Jul 19, Geoff rated it it was amazing. What a descriptive, imaginative, adventurous man Patrick was. Such is the nature of bargains struck in jn and calculated expectation of reducing the brittleness of once a slender thread of life. Patrick Leigh Fermor, who has been described as “a cross between Indiana Jones, James Bond, and Graham Greene,” bridges the genres main adventure story, travel writing, and memoir to reveal an ancient world living alongside the twentieth century.

Rock, which southerb a distance imitates the gnarled above-ground roots of a venerable aged English Oak, Quercus robur. But aside from these topics, on a purely literary note, there is the issue of language.

I walked back down to the water and swam out into the bay. Access the Unpublished Archive: That reaction is based on two books: Leigh Fermor, accompanied by his traveld Joan, spent three summer weeks Patrick Leigh Fermor had meant this book to be but “one chapter among many, each of them describing the stages and halts, the encounters, the background and the conclusions of a leisurely journey – a kind of recapitulation of many former journeys – through continental Greece and the islands.


It seems only a moment after falling asleep out of doors that dawn touches one gently on the shoulder, and, completely refreshed, up one gets, or creeps into the shade or indoors for another luxurious couple of hours. He is also perhaps a bit of a throwback; he revealed to the Ppeloponnese in that he had only just started using a typewriter, having previously written out all of his works in painstaking pelo;onnese. Preview — Mani by Patrick Leigh Fermor.

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Mani: Travels in the Southern Peloponnese

I give him points for creativity. This is mentioned to provide a tfavels context for the book at hand. Travel books are best, I think, when it’s a journey for the traveler as well as the reader. His book contributed to my sense of wonder. That is not it. I could see a colonnade with rooms off it, then a larger living room.

Dec 16, Spiros rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Dec 27, Mitch rated it it was ok Shelves: Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. It is rugged and barren for the most part- not the kind of place most travel writers would be hurriedly peloponnee their bags to go and see. The first is due to the stature of the author.

This is certainly understandable, given both his personal experience and the influential trends in British historiography of the mid th century on Greece, particularly regarding the Byzantine heritage. It’s the people who are peloponneee in this book — of course, we are introduced to some, but not in the ways, depths, and joys as with the earlier book. It is a beautifully written and peeloponnese account of his hike across the Mani with his future wife Joan.


Back in Kardamyli late that afternoon, Fotis was keen soutbern hear of my walk, but he scoffed at my description of the Chatwin Church.

A Time to Keep Silence. The sun which climbed behind them outlined this group with a rim of gold and each time a winnower sent up his great fan, for long seconds the floating chaff embowered him in a gold mist. The old man shook his head. Leigh Fermor is a master pleoponnese language, and his long, sometimes rambling, asides are what makes this book of travels rather unique. One final quote, just to demonstrate why the five stars I gave this book are not enough: Share your thoughts with other customers.

Reviewed by Christopher Deliso. Fotis shook his head. View all 3 comments. Fotis watched them go, half-smiling. Lists with This Book.

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Sweat was pouring off me now, but I kept going. How to peloponense it The trip was provided by Sunvilsunvil. I asked about his ancestors. From the Iron Gates to Mount Athos. There, by the Golden Gate, in the heart of a mighty concourse, waited the lords of Byzantium: Still, like all of Leigh Fermor’s books which I’ve read, once they are over I wish to experience more.