By Patrick Leigh Fermor
On the age of eighteen, Patrick Leigh Fermor trigger from the center of London on an epic journey—to stroll to Constantinople. A Time of Gifts is the wealthy account of his adventures so far as Hungary, and then Between the Woods and the Water keeps the tale to the Iron Gates that divide the Carpathian and Balkan mountains. Acclaimed for its sweep and intelligence, Leigh Fermor’s e-book explores a striking second in time. Hitler has simply come to strength yet battle continues to be forward, as he walks via a Europe quickly to be perpetually changed—through the Lowlands to Mitteleuropa, to Teutonic and Slav heartlands, throughout the baroque is still of the Holy Roman Empire; up the Rhine, and all the way down to the Danube.
straight away a memoir of coming-of-age, an account of a trip, and a stunning exposition of the English language, A Time of Gifts can be a portrait of a continent already displaying ominous symptoms of the holocaust to come back.
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Komarinetz looked doubtful. ” Komarinetz saw that I was bummed about getting suckered at the golf store. Like any good teacher, he wanted to buoy my spirits. “Let me see you hit a few 5-irons,” he suggested. From then on it wasn’t easy to concentrate, knowing that my clubs were better ﬁtted for Mickey Rooney. Still, I swung away stubbornly and vowed to stick with my plan. As long as I was carrying secondhand sticks, I could quit the game all over again anytime I wanted, with no harm done. At worst, I’d be out $164 and a little bit of pride.
You should learn on clubs that ﬁt you. ” I hit some more shots. Every once in a while, one of them would go straight. “The guy who sold me the set said the original owner was the same height as I am,” I offered lamely. Komarinetz looked doubtful. ” Komarinetz saw that I was bummed about getting suckered at the golf store. Like any good teacher, he wanted to buoy my spirits. “Let me see you hit a few 5-irons,” he suggested. From then on it wasn’t easy to concentrate, knowing that my clubs were better ﬁtted for Mickey Rooney.
Among true devotees of the sport, honor is prized because there are no referees or judges on the course; each player is relied upon to be truthful. Consequently, it’s easy for a common shitweasel to nudge his ball out of the rough, cheat on his scorecard and churn those bogus pars into a lower, more impressive handicap. That’s the nature of many, though not all, clubhouse lies. A more cunning tack of deceit, I learned, is to present oneself as a worse golfer than one actually is. This is achieved by withholding your lowest scorecards, thereby falsely inﬂating your handicap.
A Time of Gifts: On Foot to Constantinople: From the Hook of Holland to the Middle Danube (Journey Across Europe, Book 1) by Patrick Leigh Fermor