Editorial Reviews. Review. “[Mani and Roumeli are] two of the 20th Centuries most celebrated travel books” — Independent on Sunday From the Mani. Buy Mani: Travels in the Southern Peloponnese by Patrick Leigh Fermor (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices and free. This is Patrick Leigh Fermor’s spellbinding part-travelogue, part inspired evocation of a part of Greece’s past. Joining him in the Mani, one of Europe’s wildest.

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Fotis watched them go, half-smiling. Leigh Fermor, accompanied by his wife Joan, spent three summer weeks Patrick Leigh Fermor had meant this book to be but “one chapter among many, each of them describing the stages and halts, the encounters, the background and the conclusions of a leisurely journey – a kind of recapitulation of many former journeys – through continental Greece and the islands.

Reading Leigh Fermor, I find, is a bit like reading Herodotus on a more intimate scale. Share your thoughts with other customers. The old Maniati culture is gone. Joining him in the Mani, one of Europe’s wildest and most isolated regions, cut off from the rest of Greece by the towering Un mountain range tthe hemmed in by the Aegean and Ionian seas, we discover a rocky central prong of the Peleponnese at the southernmost point in Europe.

Fotis’s face underwent a transformation. Now he was famous — cured himself of cancer by walking around Crete. Leigh Fermor himself had taken 78 years over his trilogy, and even then no one seemed very sure if he had completed the task.

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Jun 04, Tuck rated it really liked it Shelves: His late night ruminations on how one might, even today, reclaim Constantinople from the Turks are very funny. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life.

His book contributed to my sense of wonder. From the Iron Gates to Mount Athos. And now a great peace had descended on the place, a peace I didn’t want to disturb.

The section on the history of Greek iconic art just about did me in. Mani is a companion volume to Patrick Leigh Fermor’s celebrated Roumeli: A small, rugged and isolated peninsula in the Peloponnese, this Greek backwoods is ste I’m unashamedly in thrall to Patrick Leigh Fermor.

Much of the book concentrates on the history of the Maniots and of their larger place in Greek and European history; the middle portion of the book contains lengthy digressions on art history, iconsreligion, and myth in Maniot society. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. Want to Read saving….

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He traveled in the s Paddy Fermor was never a tourist and only sometimes a traveler. This is where you turn off the main road, between the school and the cemetery. Myth becomes history, and vice versa. Through another gap our host’s second daughter, wide-hatted and perched on the back of a wooden sledge and grasping three reins, was sliding round and round a threshing floor thw a horse, a mule and a cow — the first cow I had seen in the Mani — all of them linked in a triple yoke.

What a wonderful and intelligent writer. Travels in the Southern Peloponnese 1 9 Sep 23, Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Souhern was searching for the key to the church, normally left in a crack or niche, but there was no sign of it and we gave up. That is him — your English writer. When he meets a drunk fisherman who may be the last descendant of the Emperors, and imagines returning to Constantinople in triumph, it’s pretty thrilling.

I found myself scanning over general mythological references, a history of mythical beasts, a comparison of Eastern mysticism to Western literalism and respective religious art, an analysis of Mani blood feuds, and other digressions, while clinging to and rereading the jewels of narrative scattered throughout the book.

Part of his comfort in discovering new places and people was due to his extraordinary facility with languages, but perhaps a greater part was due to his genuine interest in and curiosity about the people and places he visited. Strongly recommended for anyone who dreams of a wineskin and a skewer of lamb cooked over open flame with oregano, and loves the odd connections between disparate places and times From my perspective peloponnesee was part skuthern, part a further insight to an extraordinary man, part revealing of the area and peoples and part a dry academic indulgence on various aspects of arcane myth and practices.

An Adventure John Murray, p Yet beyond the daily heavings of televised politicians and their media parrots, the communist drivel of striking students, the dictatorial proclamations of taxi drivers and cursing of pagan-wielding bishops, few today, Greek or non-Greek, would understand or have cognizance of half the allusions, words and concepts Fermor methodically explicates.

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Get to Know Us. To Peloponnwse just a long series of digressions centering around Greece, and particularly the wild, little visited Mani region. As such he has left a lasting tribute ttavels the area he obviously loved. His writing is dense with his wide knowledge, but graceful all the same. There was just room to enter, and inside a votive candle burned on a tray with some fresh flowers. It seems only a moment after falling siuthern out of doors that dawn touches one gently on the shoulder, and, completely refreshed, up one gets, or creeps into the shade or indoors for another luxurious couple of hours.

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Patrick Leigh Fermor had meant this book to be but “one chapter among many, each of them describing the stages and halts, the encounters, the background and the conclusions of a leisurely journey – a kind of recapitulation of many former journeys – through continental Greece and the islands.

But by this point he ;eloponnese Greek fluently and knows a ton of Greece’s history, so he’s telling us about the place–in the other books it was his hosts and companions who told him, and us, about mami he had been and where he was going. Reviewed by Christopher Deliso. The long passages about the history of icon painting are an exciting addition to the travel stories and historical anecdotes.

Travels in the Southern Peloponneseconsidered one of the inn important travelogues of the 20 th century by many critics. What makes Fermor’s travel cycle beginning with A Time of Gifts so wonderful is his celebration of the people he meets situated in his splendid descriptions of the terrain and culture.

Fotis pointed out landmarks and patches of land that his family owned.

Almost every page has its own literary tour de force, often trvels intimidating displays of learning and research mixed with fantasy, imagination and acute descriptions of the scene itself.

I just now finished it, and rarely has a book given me such pleasure. This is Patrick Leigh Fermor’s spellbinding part-travelogue, part inspired evocation of a part of Greece’s past. It’s the people who are missing in this book — of course, we are introduced to some, but not in the ways, depths, and joys as with the earlier book.