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Mani: Travels in the Southern Peloponnese

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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 ... Show synopsis

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martha d

A Travel Classic

by martha d on Dec 6, 2012

"Mani" is far more than a travelogue. It is a classic book about a remote and fascinating area of Greece by one of Britain's best post-war writers. The Mani is an area within the southern Peloponneses. It is remote, difficult to reach and travel within, and has remained isolated since Byzantine and earlier times. Life within the Mani is being lived as it was hundreds of years ago. Myths, history, and poetry are preserve in the everyday. Fermor writes in brilliant prose based on historical and cultural knowledge , with the deep sympathy of one who loves Greece and the Greeks and who has lived among them.

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Susan  B

a great bedside table book

by Susan B on Nov 15, 2012

I found Fermor through a WSJ Weekend essay. The great thing about Alibris is you can find it, buy it for 99cents and, if it disappoints, discard it all in a matter of days. This book does not disappoint. A wonderful true adventure/travel story in the rugged interior of Greece when land phones were rare, and transportation by buses, donkey or foot stays surprisingly contemporary both in language and discernment. A few pages before lights out is like having a box of bon bons beside the bed. A small taste of a world lost to the relentless invasion of game shows and mobile apps is made bright again.

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