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Patrick Leigh Fermor

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Sep 11, 2011, 11:44am

I picked up all his books in the NYRB summer sale. Any suggestions for the best order to read them in?

Sep 14, 2011, 1:14pm

The masterpieces are generally thought to be the books about PLF's youthful travels in Europe, A Time of Gifts and Between the Woods and the Water. I suppose it depends on whether you want to save the best for last, or go right for it.

Sep 14, 2011, 4:46pm

I was entranced by A Time of Gifts and Between the Woods and the Water when I read them several years ago (they may have been the first NYRBs I ever bought), and immediately bought Mani and Roumeli but strangely haven't gotten around to reading them yet. I also enjoyed A Time To Keep Silence but it's not in the same league as A Time of Gifts and Between the Woods and the Water. I would definitely start with them! And I understand that Leigh Fermor's executors will be bringing out the final volume that brings PLF right to the gates of Constantinople -- can't wait!

Sep 17, 2011, 4:19pm

I started with A Time of Gifts which won me over completely but then quite randomly jumped to A Time to Keep Silent. I'd second starting with A Time of Gifts.

Sep 20, 2011, 8:24pm

Thank you for the suggestions!

Sep 21, 2011, 2:39pm

Thanks from me, too. I just purchased the Kindle version of A Time of Gifts.