Artemis Cooper’s Fermor Biography: A Great Read

I just finished Artemis Cooper’s splendid biography (Patrick Leigh Fermor: An Adventure). Fermor, who died in 2011 at age 96,  is widely regarded as the foremost travel writer of the last century–ever observant, never boring, blessed with diligent recall, and unexcelled with metaphor.  When you read Fermor, you’re getting not only description, but history and art amid the first stirrings of fascism in pre-World War … Continue reading Artemis Cooper’s Fermor Biography: A Great Read

A great talent: Patrick Leigh Fermor’s A Time of Gifts

I’m always eager for a good read and get ecstatic when I find one.  There are so many possibilities out there that I try to choose wisely, usually from several sources such as NPR, The Times Literary Supplement, and my favorite with its nearly 200 reprints of notable works, The New York Review of Books. The latter is the source for my newest read, Patrick … Continue reading A great talent: Patrick Leigh Fermor’s A Time of Gifts