The acclaimed travel writer's youthful journey - as an 18-year-old
- across 1930s Europe by foot began in A Time of Gifts, which
covered the author's exacting journey from the Lowlands as far as
Hungary. Picking up from the very spot on a bridge across the
Danube where his readers last saw him, we travel on with him across
the great Hungarian Plain on horseback, and over the Romanian
border to Transylvania. The trip was an exploration of a continent
which was already showing signs of the holocaust which was to come.
Although frequently praised for his lyrical writing, Fermor's
account also provides a coherent understanding of the dramatic
events then unfolding in Middle Europe. But the delight remains in
travelling with him in his picaresque journey past remote castles,
mountain villages, monasteries and towering ranges. Although
Between the Woods and the Water was published nine years after A
Time of Gifts, Fermor is famously still at work on the concluding
part of his trilogy.