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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 and most isolated regions, cut off from the rest of Greece by the towering Taygettus mountain range and hemmed in by the Aegean and Ionian seas, we discover a rocky central prong of the Peleponnese at the southernmost point in Europe.Bad communications only heightening the remoteness, this Greece south of ancient Sparta is one that maintains perhaps a stronger relationship with the ancient past than with the present Myth becomes history, and vice versa Leigh Fermor s hallmark descriptive writing and capture of unexpected detail have made this book, first published in 1958, a classic together with its Northern Greece counterpart, Roumeli....

Title : Mani: Travels in the Southern Peloponnese
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ISBN : 9780719566912
ISBN13 : 978-0719566912
Format Type : Audio Book
Language : Englisch
Publisher : John Murray 19 Juli 2004
Number of Pages : 336 Seiten
File Size : 870 KB
Status : Available For Download
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Mani: Travels in the Southern Peloponnese Reviews

  • Amazon Customer
    2019-03-02 09:53

    An dieser Stelle möchte ich keine inhaltliche Buchrezension schreiben, da dies schon etliche vor mir getan haben. Nur so viel: Der Stil von Patrick Leigh Fermor ist unverwechselbar, seine Beschreibungen großartig. Während ich das Buch gelesen habe, war ich auf der Halbinsel Mani, zwar viele Jahre später, doch viele Stimmungen konnte ich 1:1 nachempfinden (Mittagshitze in scheinbar verlassenen Bergdörfern, Beschreibung der Menschen).

  • Amazon Customer
    2019-03-13 11:45

    Patrick Leigh Fermor entführt uns seinem Buch in die innere und äußere Mani, ein karger, selbst für griechische Verhältnisse immer schon schwer zugänglicher Zipfel der Peleponnes.Fermor, der im Zweiten Weltkrieg zwei Jahre lang als englischer Soldat auf Kreta mit der griechischen Widerstandsbewegung zusammen kämpfte, ist ein gründliche Kenner der griechischen Geschichte und Kultur. Zudem ist er ein leidenschaftlicher Reisender, und zwar auf des Schusters Rappen. Ende der fünfziger Jahre des - numehr - vorigen Jahrhunderts erwanderte er zusammen mit seiner Frau Joan die Mani, Heimat vieler Legender, hoher Türme und einer Geschichte des heldenhaften Widerstands gegen die Türken und heftiger Blutfehden unter den oberen Familien des Landes.Fermor erzählt uns die Geschichte seiner Reise so liebevoll, wie es nur jemand tun kann, der es gewohnt ist, genau hinzusehen und hinzuhören, der den Menschen, die er unterwegs trifft, mit Respekt und Interesse entgegentritt und der die Dinge so nimmt, wie sie sind. Und er erzählt, neben den alltäglichen Begegnungen auf seiner Reise, viel über die unendlich komplizierte Geschichte Griechenlands. Er tut dies leicht, mit viel Humor, mit vielen Parallelen zu Heute, so daß die Lektüre des Buches nie mühsam wird und wir viel lernen, wenn wir seinen Gedankengängen folgen: wir betrachten mit ihm die Ikonen in Dorfkirchen und befassen uns mit byzantischer Malerei; wir verfolgen die Geschichte der Familien und ihrer Wanderschaft im Laufe der Jahrhunderte, hören die Klagelieder, die bei Beerdigungen nagestimmt werden; wir lernen griechische Premierminister kennen und immer wieder begegnen uns die altvertrauten Gestalten der griechischen Mythologie. Daneben die Bauern, Fischer und Salzhändler der Mani mit ihren Geschichten, ihrem Witz, ihrer Großzügigkeit und der Gastfreundschaft, die sie das Wenige, was ihre harte Arbeit Boden und Meer abringt, herzlich mit jedem Gast teilen lassen. Denn jeder Gast ist auch jemand, der Neuigkeiten bringt, der Geschichten erzählen kann, die dann jahrelang an Gasthaustischen wieder und wieder erzählt werden, bis sie zum alltäglichen Ritual gehören, ohne daß vergessen wird, wer sie zuerst brachte.Es ist dies ein Buch, das zum Vorlesen einlädt und zum Nachdenken. Es stimmt einen manchmal ein wenig wehmütig, denn die von Fermor beschriebene Welt, in der noch wenige Straßen die Mani durchziehen und es noch kein Radio gibt, existiert so heute nicht mehr. Für jeden aber, der gerne in Griechenland reist und, wie der Autor, Griechenland liebt und gern verstehen möchte, ist die Buch eine zauberhafte Fundgrube.

  • Daniel Myers
    2019-03-24 15:45

    Do you love poetry, or, to be more precise, wildly poetic prose? Do you have a deep-seated love of etymology, so much so that a phrase spoken at random will send you off into a wild linguistic reverie on the history of tongues? Above all, do you have a powerful, almost overwhelming sense of place that puts you in touch with a vast sprawling history before your inner eye? If so, you will absolutely fall in love with this book, as I did. For it is, as Fermor puts it in his Preface, "the opposite of a guide book." And thank whatever gods may be that this is so!Let me give two illustrative examples to whet the prospective reader's appetite:Towards the beginning, Fermor and his future wife Joan encounter a fisherman mending his nets in the early morning and begin consuming a bottle of ouzo. "There is a special delight in this early-morning drinking in Greece." And for the next seven pages one is transported into a fantasia of the past ignited by the conversation with the fisherman and, of course, his ouzo:"...the whole of Constantinople seemed to be rising on a dazzling golden cloud and the central dome began to revolve as the redoubled clangour of the Byzantines hoisted it aloft. Loud with bells and gongs, with cannon flashing from the walls and a cloud-borne fleet firing long crimson radii of Greek fire, the entire visionary city, turning in faster and faster spirals, sailed to a blinding and unconjecturable zenith... The bottle was empty...We stepped out into the sobering glare of noon."Finally, and pre-eminently, let me quote Fermor towards the end as to why he is enraptured by these Greek hinterlands, their people and their language. It is a sense I've had quite often regarding places I've visited, and anyone who has had a similar experience will recognise it instantly:"Animate and inanimate objects, on ikon and church wall and mountain-side, have the same spiritual effect, the same mystical and animistic aura of immanence. No wonder the Greeks of all centuries have populated these hills with a magical fauna and a dramatis personae and a pantheon...These characteristics have a strange effect on the Greek landscape. Nature becomes supernatural; the frontier between physical and metaphysical is confounded."So, Go! Read! Confound your frontiers!

  • Basil Rouskas
    2019-03-21 13:36

    One of the best travel books I have ever read. I had traveled to that part of the world and the book vividly transported me back there. Fermor's writing is hard to classify, but it certainly is not "travel writing" only. In his books one finds geography, painting, anthropology, linguistics, history and psychology. There are paragraphs that poets would be lucky to write. There are words that you may need to check with the dictionary, but they never strike you as a show off way to impress. The details are amazingly jumping from the page, but they never bore me. Since I was born and raised in Greece, I have always attempted to separate the strength of his writing from my one "Greek" reaction. Reading his travel books fron countries other than Greece has cured me of that skepticism.

  • Z. Taylor
    2019-03-19 13:39

    They don't make them like Paddy Fermor any more. Here is an astonishing polymath and autodidact who spins a week's hike in a remote, rural part of Greece into an extraordinary web. Best for the reader who loves Greece, this is so much more than a travel book--his gorgeous descriptions of Greece are mixed with fascinating, detailed digressions into Byzantine history, iconography, the history of Greek religious beliefs, and so on. You will learn so much from this book, while also absorbing Fermor's unparalleled love and respect for his adopted country. I really fell in love with him while reading this, as so many did during his lifetime. A masterpiece.

  • Walter Blocher
    2019-03-10 10:35

    If you enjoy writing, travel, history, geography, drama and some philosophy, here is the writer. This is not just a travel book but a picture of a time gone by that I, for one, would have liked very much to have been in in the company of the author. To have known Fermor and to have spent some quite time with him would have been a joy. This is the closest we can come to that wish. A man's man who wrote not only with a knowledge of his subject but also of himself. There is always an ironic lightness in these pages. Read the other reviews for more detailed information. I must thank Robert Kaplan for the intoduction to Patrick Leigh Fermor. Poetic writing was Fermor's strength. Poetic in the sense of magic with words. He truly stands alone on the summit. Read and enjoy.

  • kylie quebedeaux
    2019-02-24 12:23

    As far as Greek travel writing goes, it is certainly not the driest. With that said, I did not find this book overly entertaining. Sure, it gave amazing insight to a region of Greece that is often forgotten about, but it could have been much more colorful.