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Title:The Violins of Saint-Jacques
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Publisher:John Murray Publishers
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Number of Pages:139
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The Violins of Saint-Jacques by Patrick Leigh Fermor

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC The Violins of Saint-Jacques On an Aegean island one summer an English traveller meets an enigmatic elderly Frenchwoman He is captivated by a painting she owns of a busy Caribbean port overlooked by a volcano and in time she shares the story of her youth there in the early twentieth century Set in the tropical luxury of the island of Saint Jacques hers is a tale of romantic intrigue and decadence amongst the descendents of slaves and a fading French aristocracy But on the night of the annual Mardi Gras ball catastrophe overwhelms the island and the world she knew came to an abrupt and haunting end The Violins of Saint Jacques captures the unforeseen drama of forces beyond human control Originally published in it was immediately hailed as a rare and exotic sweep of colour across the drab monochrome of the post war years and it has lost nothing of its original flavou

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Mani: Travels in the Southern Peloponnese, Abducting a General: The Kreipe Operation and SOE in Crete, Words of Mercury, A Time to Keep Silence, A Time of Gifts, The Violins of Saint-Jacques, Between the Woods and the Water, The Traveller's Tree: A Journey Through the Caribbean Islands, Roumeli: Travels in Northern Greece, The Broken Road: From the Iron Gates to Mount Athos
On an Aegean island one summer an English traveller meets an enigmatic elderly Frenchwoman He is captivated by a painting she owns of a busy Caribbean port overlooked by a volcano and in time she shares the story of her youth there in the early twentieth century Set in the tropical luxury of the island of Saint Jacques hers is a tale of romantic intrigue and decadence amongst the descendents of slaves and a fading French aristocracy But on the night of the annual Mardi Gras ball catastrophe overwhelms the island and the world she knew came to an abrupt and haunting end The Violins of Saint Jacques captures the unforeseen drama of forces beyond human control br Originally published in it was immediately hailed as a rare and exotic sweep of colour across the drab monochrome of the post war years and it has lost nothing of its original flavour, In at the age of Patrick Leigh Fermor set out on an extraordinary journey by foot from the Hook of Holland to Constantinople i A Time of Gifts i is the first volume in a trilogy recounting the trip and takes the reader with him as far as Hungary It is a book of compelling glimpses not only of the events which were curdling Europe at that time but also of its resplendent domes and monasteries its great rivers the sun on the Bavarian snow the storks and frogs the hospitable burgomasters who welcomed him and that world s grandeurs and courtesies His powers of recollection have astonishing sweep and verve and the scope is majestic First published to enormous acclaim it confirmed Fermor s reputation as the greatest living travel writer and has together with its sequel i Between the Woods and the Water i the third volume is famously yet to be published been a perennial seller for years, b Continuing the epic foot journey across Europe begun in i A Time of Gifts i b br br The journey that Patrick Leigh Fermor set out on in to cross Europe on foot with an emergency allowance of one pound a day proved so rich in experiences that when much later he sat down to describe them they overflowed into more than one volume Undertaken as the storms of war gathered and providing a background for the events that were beginning to unfold in Central Europe Leigh Fermor s still unfinished account of his journey has established itself as a modern classic i Between the Woods and the Water i the second volume of a projected three has garnered as many prizes as its celebrated predecessor i A Time of Gifts i br br The opening of the book finds Leigh Fermor crossing the Danube at the very moment where his first volume left off A detour to the luminous splendors of Prague is followed by a trip downriver to Budapest passage on horseback across the Great Hungarian Plain and a crossing of the Romanian border into Transylvania Remote castles mountain villages monasteries and towering ranges that are the haunt of bears wolves eagles gypsies and a variety of sects are all savored in the approach to the Iron Gates the division between the Carpathian mountains and the Balkans where for now the story ends, Patrick Leigh Fermor was only when he set off to walk from the Hook of Holland to Constantinople a now famous journey described many years later in A Time of Gifts and Between the Woods and the Water It was during these early wanderings that he started to pick up languages wherever he went and where he developed his extraordinary sense of the continuity of history a quality that deepens the colours of every place he writes about from the peaks of the Pyrenees to the cell of a Trappist monastery Anglo Cretan team that captured the German general Kreipe in His experiences in wartime Crete sealed the deep affection he had already developed for Greece a character and customs he celebrates in two books Mani and Roumeli and where he has lived for many years Missolonghi playing billiards with Lady Wentworth or bicycle polo in Hungary watching a Voodoo ceremony in Haiti or a snake festival in Italy Fermor has an infectious enthusiasm and an insatiable curiousity