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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Jul 19, Geoff rated it it was amazing.
Mani: Travels in the Southern Peloponnese by Patrick Leigh Fermor
He paints Greece beautifully and with such vivid detail. An Adventure John Murray, p Fotis fetched a map and gave me directions.
I elected to call it the Chatwin Church. The Middle Danube to the Iron Gates. I asked about his ancestors. What makes Fermor’s travel cycle beginning with A Time of Gifts so wonderful is his celebration of the people he meets situated in his splendid descriptions of the terrain and culture. The old man shook his head.
Mani: Travels in the Southern Peloponnese
Really great to read! And if any foreigner had the right to speak about the glories of Hellenism and its objective worth, it would be Fermor, who literally risked his life to free the Greeks from Nazi Germany.
One final quote, just to demonstrate why the five stars I gave this book are not enough: He eventually builds a house and settles in Greece. Going to bed before midnight is unthinkable and talk, wine, moonlight and the warm air are often in league to defer it one, two or three hours more.
Patrick Leigh Fermor traces the myths, miracles and superstitions that infuse the landscape of the Southern Peloponnees. Too frequently such soouthern reduction in excellence left me disorientated and adrift; not knowing what compass bearing I was on; let alone quite how far or near the next village was, and the contour lines to be climbed, with or without rope.
Access the Unpublished Archive: He lived in the eternal now, but that present was informed and enriched by history going back to the mythic past and by speculative fantasies that looked to a future that never was but might have been.
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Reviewed by Christopher Deliso. PLF is a wonderfully infectious and evocative writer and this is a lovely book on, I assume, a time gone by.
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I would explore the ruins of that Venetian castle. He planned, with the help of the other powers, to raise the entire Balkan peninsula in revolt. Pages About Us Balkanalysis. Lawrence, Norman Douglas, and Lawrence Durrell. Not Enabled Word Wise: The house was shuttered and quiet as though still in mourning. Thr Fermor skillfully and knowledgeably integrates recent history with classical history and mythology, making the life and reality of this small portion of Greece come alive and imprinting it indelibly on the mind of the grateful and delighted reader.
They are also vivid, unique, and hospitable. Come on — I’ll take you there. Try this one on for size: Fotis had said there were lots of snakes up here, but I didn’t see any. Patrick had a certain flair for rhapsodic language which he employed on the rocks and cacti that helped enliven the place, but you know he’s tge when he spends a page describing the AIR.
Customers who bought this item also bought. I swam closer until I could stand in the water. I swam for what seemed a long time and had given soutjern and turned back when I saw it: Born inPatrick Leigh Fermor is one of the oldest living writers in the world.
Part jn what made the Europe books so fun, somewhat oddly, was that he couldn’t speak German or Hungarian, so he sokthern to bond with his hosts and newfound friends through alcohol and smiles and adventure. These sections of the book are excllent. Visit our Tye Pages. Leigh Fermor is a master of language, and his long, sometimes rambling, asides are what makes this book of travels rather unique.
View all 36 comments. Much of the book concentrates on the history of the Maniots and of their larger place in Greek and European history; the middle portion of the southsrn contains lengthy digressions on art history, iconsreligion, and myth in Maniot society. Across this, in a hand unaccustomed to Latin script, Long live Uncle Truman was painstakingly inscribed. How annoying that the locals should raise this unknown above the two giants of travel literature.
But it doesn’t have the drive of his walk through Europe, in a few ways. His passion and zest for Greek culture, history and its people certainly show in this book.
Apr 28, Stuart rated it it was amazing. Apr 16, Jim rated it it was amazing Shelves: Fotis was already up and about when I passed his house. The Taygetus mountains run down the middle of the peninsula, limiting most settlements to small villages on or near ttravels coast.
Widely acknowledged as one of the greatest travel writers of the 20th Century – long before the genre became cluttered with throwaway journeys of little consequence – Fermor immersed himself in language, culture and observation of the highest order.
I just now finished it, and rarely has a book given me such pleasure. The sun poured into this stone casket through deep embrasures. Before too long I came across the stone tomb that locals say is the grave of Castor and Pollux, heavenly twins and brothers to Helen of Troy. What border there may have been between Mani and the Deep Mani peloponnesf into a game of discerned guessing. After reading Fermor’s writing on the backwoods of Central Europe, my next logical step was his writing on the backwoods of Greece, and they are just as glorious, although with less about classical history and more about the everyday of life and the strange connections to the wider world in this odd point on the periphery of the “West.