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An unexpected encounter in 1933 Germany

On the eight of December 1933 the eighteen year old student Patrick Leigh Fermor set out from London on a mission: to walk from Rotterdam to Istanbul. In 1977, after a life as a writer and traveller he wrote down his adventures, and published this book:A Time of Gifts. On Foot to Constantinople: From the Hook of Holland to the Middle Danube., published by John Murray. The paperback came out in 2004 and the copy I bought was reissued in 2013. I stumbled upon it in Robert MacFarlane's little The Gifts of Reading., a small 2.5£ book published by Penguin in 2016 that I since that moment have given away to many people. I'll let him quote:

" When I first read A Time of Gifts I felt it in my feet. It spoke to my soles. It rang with what in German is called Sehnsucht: a yearning or wishful longing for the unknown and the mysterious. It made me want to stand up and march out - to walk into adventure."

Why do I talk to you about this book on this blog, my fellow Whodehousians …

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