A Time of Gifts by Patrick Leigh Fermor


Dear Dad,

According to Mum (alias the Guru of the Postal Rates) the best way to send a book is as Printed Matter, but then it can’t include a letter – hence this method.

I enjoyed this book (and its sequel) a ‘lot.’ While I was reading them, I thought of you, and wondered what memories you have of any of the times and places he describes. Of course this world, (of centralEuropeas it was in 19??) vanished before I was born. The mixture of the author’s experiences of it at age 18 and his reflections now (or at any rate in 1978) on a world it is impossible to re-visit, give the book an usual texture, I think.

Don’t feel obliged to read it if it doesn’t “grab” you. You can view this as a short letter with 300 pages attached.

Lots of love

Safei [any ideas? WG] xxx

P.S. Hungary is in the second volume.

[VERY IMPORTANT NB This book kicks off this blog’s fortnightly serialization on the Guardian website. Subsequent installments will be added to this blog after they have appeared on the Guardian site, including a link to the comments thread. WG] 


Published in: on December 22, 2011 at 10:12 am  Comments (1)  

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  1. ‘a short letter with 300 pages attached’. I may have to borrow this.

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