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Old 11.06.2011, 13:07
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Patrick Leigh Fermor is dead.

Patrick Leigh Fermor, who walked from the Hook of Holland to Constantinople at the age of eighteen, kidnapped General Kreipe from Crete during the second world war and went on to write several excellent books about Greece and other countries, died yesterday.

Obituary here.

I was offered the opportunity to meet him about twenty years ago. One of my friends had a letter of introduction, and invited me to accompany him to the Peloponnese to go and visit the great writer.

"Go all the way to the Peloponnese to visit someone I've never heard of? Why would I do that?" I replied, never having read any of his books.

It wasn't long before I came to realise how stupid I'd been, and I've regretted that lost opportunity ever since.

There is a list of his books here, if anyone is interested.
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Old 11.06.2011, 13:52
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Interesiting biography and life story enriched with fabulous books collection. Not for no reason they named mineral fermorite in his salutation. Sadly they didn't conceive offspring, another talented chap to continue the saga.
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Sounds the type of guy one thinks it's a real character, if his life was so full of adventure, i wonder how the books he wrote are..Must read...
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Thanks for the information, DB. I hadn't heard. So goodbye to Britain's greatest writer; a man of uncommon culture and exceptional bravery. I doubt that we will see his like again.
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An inspiring writer, a fascinating man.

'Between The Woods And The Water' struck a chord with me, it's a book I go back to again and again.
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Thanks for the news

I visited Mani a couple of years ago and read one of his books afterwards about this fascinating area. I also read a book about the German occupation of Crete, where he was a major figure in winning the island back from occupation.

A sad loss
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Re: Patrick Leigh Fermor is dead.

The NY Times has both an obit: Patrick Leigh Fermor, Travel Writer, Dies at 96 and an outstanding Op-Ed piece: The Humanist in the Foxhole. From the latter:
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At first glance, Fermor seems a throwback to the age of derring-do imperialists like T. E. Lawrence. But he did not simply glorify king and country; rather, he combined the traits of a soldier, linguist and humanist, and he appreciated history and culture for their own sake even as he used that wisdom to defend civilization. In today’s world of overly specialized foreign-policy knowledge, in which military men, politicians and academics inhabit disconnected intellectual universes, we need more generalists like Fermor.

Trained in the classics before being expelled from the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst, Fermor was the last member of an English-language literary Byzantium, which included Robert Byron, Freya Stark and Lawrence Durrell. Travel writers all, these children of empire had as their lair the Eastern Mediterranean and the greater Middle East.
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Brilliant! Thank you for that.

Are his kind really gone forever?
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Brilliant! Thank you for that.

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Me too. thanks for the links.

I can't see how someone like that could exist now. There's no time to reach that level of culture. Too many distractions, even if you are born with that much talent, which is given to very few of us. And the world has shrunk too.

I can only think of John Le Carré among the living who might be in the same league. Any other offers?
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