Editorial Reviews. Review. “[Mani and Roumeli are] two of the 20th Centuries most celebrated travel books” — Independent on Sunday From the Mani. Buy Mani: Travels in the Southern Peloponnese by Patrick Leigh Fermor (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices and free. 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.

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It had a fragment of crenellated wall on top of it, the ruins of a Venetian fortress. There are two problems with discussing a book such as Mani. That’s not the main point though. When Fermor is on, his prose is scintillating in its over abundance. Sep 17, Elbabasic rated it really liked it.

It also presents a number of scholarly reflections on the population of the southern Peloponnese and their possible origins in Constantinople. From the title at least, Mani can be construed as somewhat false advertising.

Across this, in a hand unaccustomed to Latin script, Long live Uncle Truman was painstakingly inscribed. The account of their travels is fascinating, and very digressive, so much so that Leigh Fermor apologizes for his many omissions: Mid-twentieth-century historiography unsurprisingly generated considerable pathos and sympathy for the Greek victims victims, verily, of both East and West!

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Mani First edition UK. It didn’t surprise me. The approach to places is like Ssouthern West’s in the sublime Black Lamb and Grey Falconmy dated and unreliable bible tautology alert in the Balkans: Now he was famous — cured himself of cancer by walking around Crete. Patrick had a certain flair for rhapsodic language which he employed on the rocks and cacti that helped enliven the place, but you know he’s reaching when he spends a page describing the AIR.


Part travelogue, part memoir and part lyrical account of local myths and legends, this book by Patrick Leigh Fermor undoubtedly imbues the reader with his love of the Mani – an area of the Peloponnese that is still relatively unfrequented and shrouded in mystery.

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There, by the Golden Gate, in the heart of a mi If there is a Pantheon of travel writers, I should think that Patrick Leigh Fermor should rank near the top, alongside H. Fotis shook his head. He was a young man when he explored this part of Greece, but he rravels about it with the wisdom and perspective of an older man. Some of it is fascinating, in particular the reason that the towns are peppered with towers.

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Mani: Travels in the Southern Peloponnese by Patrick Leigh Fermor

Back in Kardamyli late that afternoon, Fotis was keen to hear of my walk, but he scoffed at my description of the Chatwin Church. But the Orthodox Church does not approve of cremation and his face told me I would not get far.

Where on earth had he learnt it? An Adventure” which I also highly recommend. Oct 24, Yannis rated it it was amazing. That was where I had just been walking, only higher. It was obvious why a pleoponnese would want to come to rest here, overlooking the sea Homer’s heroes had sailed.

But it doesn’t have the drive of his walk through Europe, in a few ways. Much of the book concentrates on the history of the Maniots and of their man place in Greek and European history; the middle portion of the book contains lengthy digressions on art history, iconsreligion, and myth in Maniot society.

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Get to Know Us. The language harks back to old dialects, an Mani is the very southern part of Greece, an isolated peninsular surrounded by the Aegean and Ionian seas, and made more remote by the Travfls mountain range. Mani is an extraordinary tale of adventure and encounter told through a rich and captivating narrative.


We used to grow silkworms and our mothers made all our underclothes from it. The section on the history of Greek iconic art psloponnese about did me in.

Fotis had said there were lots of snakes up psloponnese, but I didn’t see any. His prose might read as a bit ornate today, but that’s why you really need to give yourself a peaceful stretch of time to absorb it and luxuriate in its elegant prose. These digressions range from pages about the history of certain words to long discussions of Homer to a chapter about how the classical Greek gods and their temples were stolen and transformed into Christian Saints and basilicas — even though the villagers in some remote areas feel closer to the pre-Christian deities.

Nov 06, Andrew added it Shelves: On the way he not only writes of their journey but also relates the history, geography and language of his beloved Greece. Dec 15, Nick rated it liked it. It is rugged and barren for the most part- not the kind of place most travel writers would be hurriedly packing their bags to go and see. There was a rusty double-barrelled gun in the corner, a couple of dog-eared Orthodox missals on the shelf, and, pinned to the wall above the table, a faded oleograph of King Constantine and Queen Sophia, with King George and the Queen Mother, Olga Feodorovna, smiling with time-dimmed benevolence through wreaths of laurel.