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 Post subject: Patrick Leigh Fermor
PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2012 8:32 am 
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We don't seem able to produce spirits like his anymore.
At 18, he walked from England to Istanbul wearing
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.. puttees, riding breeches and a greatcoat, somehow acquired the rucksack that Robert Byron had carried to Mount Athos, bought a walking stick of ashwood, and set off on what has been called "the longest gap year in history".

During WW2, he successfully kidnapped a German general in Crete and took him to Cairo (inspired the film "Ill met by moonlight")..
It would be an understatement to say he led a full life.. he died last year at 96.
His bio is just out.. Worth reading. :-bd

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 Post subject: Re: Patrick Leigh Fermor
PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2012 9:06 pm 
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I loved his two books covering his journey across europe. Looking forward to reading the biog, it was featured on "Open Book" recently.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01n9whm

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 Post subject: Re: Patrick Leigh Fermor
PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2012 11:05 pm 
The book "Ill met by moonlight' was written by W. Stanley Moss, one of the group of British soldiers. A very good read, but the description of a German officer breaking a local boy's arm has haunted me. Though it was a minor cruelty in the scale of things in that war, it was the casual brutality that made me realise how common incidents like that must have been.


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