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A Time of Gifts Hardcover – October, 1977
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While A TIME OF GIFTS is about many things, a central theme remains constant: the kindness of strangers. That and that we are children inhabiting an earthly paradise called life who stand to reap the richest gifts from the most unlikely sources by merely playing nicely with others.
Another reviewer requested details of his exploits in war-time Crete. Readers may perhaps want to watch "Ill-met by Moonlight", starring Dirk Bogarde, which is a dramatization of Fermor's adventures, along with Billy Moss, in the kidnapping of General Kreipe, the commander-in-chief of the German forces in Crete.
Other not-to-be-missed books by Fermor: The Travellers Tree, Vanishing Greece, and Between the Woods and the Water. Patrick Fermor is currently a Companion of Literature, an honour conferred by the Royal Society of Literature on a select company of up to 10 writers at a time. Other current Companions include V.S.Naipaul, Seamus Heaney, and Harold Pinter. Past holders of the title include such luminaries as Samuel Beckett, Anthony Burgess, Winston Churchill, E. M. Forster, Graham Greene, Aldous Huxley, W. Somerset Maugham, and Stephen Spender.