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Title:The Violins of Saint-Jacques
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Publisher:John Murray Publishers
ISBN:0719555299
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Number of Pages:139
Category:Literature, British literature, Novels, Did not finish

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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A Time to Keep Silence, The Traveller's Tree: A Journey Through the Caribbean Islands, Words of Mercury, Abducting a General: The Kreipe Operation and SOE in Crete, Between the Woods and the Water, Roumeli: Travels in Northern Greece, Mani: Travels in the Southern Peloponnese, The Violins of Saint-Jacques, The Broken Road: From the Iron Gates to Mount Athos, A Time of Gifts
While still a teenager Patrick Leigh Fermor made his way across Europe as recounted in his classic memoirs i A Time of Gifts i and i Between the Woods and the Water i During World War II he fought with local partisans against the Nazi occupiers of Crete But in i A Time to Keep Silence i Leigh Fermor writes about a more inward journey describing his several sojourns in some of Europe s oldest and most venerable monasteries He stays at the Abbey of St Wandrille a great repository of art and learning at Solesmes famous for its revival of Gregorian chant and at the deeply ascetic Trappist monastery of La Grande Trappe where monks take a vow of silence Finally he visits the rock monasteries of Cappadocia hewn from the stony spires of a moonlike landscape where he seeks some trace of the life of the earliest Christian anchorites br br More than a history or travel journal however this beautiful short book is a meditation on the meaning of silence and solitude for modern life Leigh Fermor writes In the seclusion of a cell an existence whose quietness is only varied by the silent meals the solemnity of ritual and long solitary walks in the woods the troubled waters of the mind grow still and clear and much that is hidden away and all that clouds it floats to the surface and can be skimmed away and after a time one reaches a state of peace that is unthought of in the ordinary world, i A Time of Gifts i and i Between the Woods and the Water i were the first two volumes in a projected trilogy that would describe the walk that Patrick Leigh Fermor undertook at the age of eighteen from the Hook of Holland to Constantinople When are you going to finish Vol III was the cry from his fans but although he wished he could the words refused to come The curious thing was that he had not only written an early draft of the last part of the walk but that it predated the other two It remains unfinished but i The Broken Road i completes an extraordinary journey, 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, One of the greatest feats in Patrick Leigh Fermor s remarkable life was the kidnapping of General Kreipe the German commander in Crete on April He and Captain Billy Moss hatched a daring plan to abduct the general while ensuring that no reprisals were taken against the Cretan population br br Dressed as German military police they stopped and took control of Kreipe s car drove through twenty two German checkpoints then succeeded in hiding from the German army before finally being picked up on a beach in the south of the island and transported to safety in Egypt on May br br i Abducting a General i is Leigh Fermor s own account of the kidnap published for the first time Written in his inimitable prose and introduced by acclaimed SOE historian Professor Roderick Bailey it is a glorious first hand account of one of the great adventures of the Second World War br br Also included in this book are Leigh Fermor s intelligence reports sent from caves deep within Crete yet still retaining his remarkable prose skills which bring the immediacy of SOE operations vividly alive as well as the peril which the SOE and Resistance were operating under and a guide to the journey that Kreipe was taken on from the abandonment of his car to the embarkation site so that the modern visitor can relive this extraordinary event