FREE Shipping on your first order. Details
Arrives: Oct 3 - 5
Fastest delivery: Wednesday, Sep 30
Order within 20 hrs and 26 mins
Details
In Stock.
As an alternative, the Kindle eBook is available now and can be read on any device with the free Kindle app. Want to listen? Try Audible.
Your transaction is secure
We work hard to protect your security and privacy. Our payment security system encrypts your information during transmission. We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others. Learn more
Ships from Amazon.com
Sold by Amazon.com
Ships from
Amazon.com

Sold by
Amazon.com

Return policy: Returnable within 30 days of receipt
In most cases, items shipped from Amazon.com may be returned for a full refund.
FREE Shipping on your first order. Details
Used: Good | Details
Sold by JoelMac
Condition: Used: Good

Other Sellers on Amazon
Add to Cart
$10.27
+ $3.50 shipping
Sold by: gasparsales2
Add to Cart
$14.93
+ Free Shipping
Sold by: J&S House
Add to Cart
$15.17
+ $3.99 shipping
Sold by: allnewbooks
Have one to sell?
Loading your book clubs
There was a problem loading your book clubs. Please try again.
Not in a club? Learn more
Amazon book clubs early access

Join or create book clubs

Choose books together

Track your books
Bring your club to Amazon Book Clubs, start a new book club and invite your friends to join, or find a club that’s right for you for free.
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more

Follow the Author

Something went wrong. Please try your request again later.


A Time of Gifts: On Foot to Constantinople: From the Hook of Holland to the Middle Danube (New York Review Books Classics) Paperback – October 3, 2005

4.4 out of 5 stars 502 ratings
Book 1 of 3: Journey Across Europe

See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Kindle
Paperback, October 3, 2005
$16.46
$9.78 $4.25

The Amazon Book Review
The Amazon Book Review
Book recommendations, author interviews, editors' picks, and more. Read it now
click to open popover

Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
    Apple
  • Android
    Android
  • Windows Phone
    Windows Phone
  • Click here to download from Amazon appstore
    Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

kcpAppSendButton

Frequently bought together

  • A Time of Gifts: On Foot to Constantinople: From the Hook of Holland to the Middle Danube (New York Review Books Classics)
  • +
  • The Broken Road: From the Iron Gates to Mount Athos (NYRB Classics)
Total price: $31.53
Buy the selected items together

Special offers and product promotions


From the Publisher

A Time of Gifts Between the Woods and the Water The Broken Road A Time to Keep Silence Mani: Travels in the Southern Peloponnese Roumeli: Travels in Northern Greece
A Time of Gifts Between the Woods and the Water The Broken Road A Time to Keep Silence Mani: Travels in the Southern Peloponnese Roumeli: Travels in Northern Greece
About this book In this work, Patrick Leigh Fermor recounts the first leg of a 1934 cross-continental walk. Patrick Leigh Fermor recounts the second leg of his 1934 trek to Constantinople. The third and final volume of Patrick Leigh Fermor's legendary trek across Europe. Patrick Leigh Fermor chronicles his several sojourns in some of Europe's oldest and most celebrated monasteries. Patrick Leigh Fermor on his journeys amongst the peoples of the southern-most parts of Greece. Patrick Leigh Fermor tells of his wanderings in and around Northern Greece.
The Traveller's Tree: A Journey through the Caribbean Islands The Violins of Saint-Jacques Patrick Leigh Fermor: A Life in Letters In Tearing Haste Abducting a General: The Kreipe Operation in Crete Patrick Leigh Fermor: An Adventure
The Traveller's Tree: A Journey through the Caribbean Islands The Violins of Saint-Jacques Patrick Leigh Fermor: A Life in Letters In Tearing Haste: Letters between Deborah Devonshire and Patrick Leigh Fermor Abducting a General: The Kreipe Operation in Crete Patrick Leigh Fermor: An Adventure
About this book Patrick Leigh Fermor on his travels around the Caribbean. Patrick Leigh Fermor's only novel, about disaster on a small, fictional island. Letters spanning almost seventy years of Patrick Leigh Fermor's life. The punchy correspondence between Patrick Leigh Fermor and Deborah Mitford, the Duchess of Devonshire. Patrick Leigh Fermor's account of kidnapping General Kreipe, the German commander in Crete, on April 26, 1944. Artemis Cooper's celebrated biography of the intrepid travel writer Patrick Leigh Fermor.

Editorial Reviews

Review

"This is a glorious feast, the account of a walk in 1934 from the Hook of Holland to what was then Constantinople. The 18-year-old Fermor began by sleeping in barns but, after meeting some landowners early on, got occasional introductions to castles. So he experienced life from both sides, and with all the senses, absorbing everything: flora and fauna, art and architecture, geography, clothing, music, foods, religions, languages. Writing the book decades after the fact, in a baroque style that is always rigorous, never flowery, he was able to inject historical depth while still retaining the feeling of boyish enthusiasm and boundless curiosity. This is the first of a still uncompleted trilogy; the second volume, Between the Woods and the Water, takes him through Hungary and Romania; together they capture better than any books I know the remedial, intoxicating joy of travel." — Thomas Swick, South Florida Sun-Sentinel

“Recovers the innocence and the excitement of youth, when everything was possible and the world seemed luminescent with promise. ...Even more magical...through Hungary, its lost province of Transylvania, and into Romania... sampling the tail end of a languid, urbane and anglophile way of life that would soon be swept away forever.” —Jeremy Lewis, Literary Review

“A book so good you resent finishing it.” —Norman Stone

"The greatest of living travel writers…an amazingly complex and subtle evocation of a place that is no more." — Jan Morris

"In these two volumes of extraordinary lyrical beauty and discursive, staggering erudition, Leigh Fermor recounted his first great excursion… They’re partially about an older author’s encounter with his young self, but they’re mostly an evocation of a lost Mitteleuropa of wild horses and dark forests, of ancient synagogues and vivacious Jewish coffeehouses, of Hussars and Uhlans, and of high-spirited and deeply eccentric patricians with vast libraries (such as the Transylvanian count who was a famous entomologist specializing in Far Eastern moths and who spoke perfect English, though with a heavy Scottish accent, thanks to his Highland nanny). These books amply display Leigh Fermor’s keen eye and preternatural ear for languages, but what sets them apart, besides the utterly engaging persona of their narrator, is his historical imagination and intricate sense of historical linkage…Few writers are as alive to the persistence of the past (he’s ever alert to the historical forces that account for the shifts in custom, language, architecture, and costume that he discerns), and I’ve read none who are so sensitive to the layers of invasion that define the part of Europe he depicts here. The unusual vantage point of these books lends them great poignancy, for we and the author know what the youthful Leigh Fermor cannot: that the war will tear the scenery and shatter the buildings he evokes; that German and Soviet occupation will uproot the beguiling world of those Tolstoyan nobles; and that in fact very few people who became his friends on this marvelous and sunny journey will survive the coming catastrophe." — Benjamin Schwarz, The Atlantic

Praise for Patrick Leigh Fermor:

"One of the greatest travel writers of all time”–The Sunday Times

“A unique mixture of hero, historian, traveler and writer; the last and the greatest of a generation whose like we won't see again.”–Geographical

“The finest traveling companion we could ever have . . . His head is stocked with enough cultural lore and poetic fancy to make every league an adventure.” –Evening Standard

If all Europe were laid waste tomorrow, one might do worse than attempt to recreate it, or at least to preserve some sense of historical splendor and variety, by immersing oneself in the travel books of Patrick Leigh Fermor.”—Ben Downing, The Paris Review

About the Author

Patrick Leigh Fermor (1915-2011) was an intrepid traveler, a heroic soldier, and a writer with a unique prose style. After his stormy schooldays, followed by the walk across Europe to Constantinople that begins in A Time of Gifts (1977) and continues through Between the Woods and the Water (1986), he lived and traveled in the Balkans and the Greek Archipelago. His books Mani (1958) and Roumeli (1966) attest to his deep interest in languages and remote places. In the Second World War he joined the Irish Guards, became a liaison officer in Albania, and fought in Greece and Crete. He was awarded the DSO and OBE. He lived partly in Greece—in the house he designed with his wife, Joan, in an olive grove in the Mani—and partly in Worcestershire. He was knighted in 2004 for his services to literature and to British–Greek relations.

Jan Morris was born in 1926, is Anglo-Welsh, and lives in Wales. She has written some forty books, including the Pax Britannica trilogy about the British Empire; studies of Wales, Spain, Venice, Oxford, Manhattan, Sydney, Hong Kong, and Trieste; six volumes of collected travel essays; two memoirs; two capricious biographies; and a couple of novels—but she defines her entire oeuvre as “disguised autobiography.” She is an honorary D.Litt. of the University of Wales and a Commander of the British Empire. Her memoir Conundrum is available as a New York Review Book Classic.

Product details

  • Item Weight : 11.7 ounces
  • ISBN-10 : 1590171659
  • Paperback : 344 pages
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1590171653
  • Product Dimensions : 5 x 0.71 x 8 inches
  • Publisher : NYRB Classics; First Edition Thus (October 3, 2005)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.4 out of 5 stars 502 ratings