Literature

The Artist of Slow Travel: Patrick Leigh Fermor

The Broken Road by Patrick Leigh Fermor John Murray, 2013, 384 pages, $49.99 Patrick Leigh Fermor was widely regarded as the greatest travel writer of his time. The travel writers’ travel writer, he was not prolific, but of the eight books he produced in his lifetime, at least two of them, A Time of Gifts and Between the Woods and the Water, can be counted in the canon of travel literature. On December 9, 1933, not quite nineteen years old, Patrick resolved to set off, on foot, from the Hook of Holland to Istanbul (or as he insisted on calling…

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