Between the Woods and the Water : On Foot to Constantinople: From the Middle Danube to the Iron Gates
by Patrick Leigh Fermor , Professor Jan Morris
Editor: The New York Review of Books, Inc
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Continuing the epic journey on foot across Europe begun in A Moment of Gifts The journey that Patrick Leigh Fermor on in 1933–to walk across Europe, with an emergency allowance of a book a day–revealed so rich in experiences that when, much later, he sat down to describe them, they spilled into more than one volumeUndertaken as the storms of war gathered, and to provide a context for the events that were unfolding in central Europe, Leigh Fermor still unfinished account of his journey has established itself as a modern classicBetween Wood and Water, the second volume of a projection of the three, won the most awards to its famous predecessor, the Time of GiftsThe opening of the book finds Leigh Fermor crossing the Danube, just as his first volume leftA detour to the bright splendours of Prague is followed by a trip downstream from Budapest, riding through the Hungarian Great Plain, and crossing the Romanian border into Transylvania.Distance from castles, mountain villages, monasteries and huge beaches that are home to bears, wolves, eagles, gypsies, and a variety of sects are all appreciated in the approach to the Iron Gates, the division between the Carpathians and the Balkans, where, for now, the story ends
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