Praise for Patrick Leigh Fermor’s ‘The Broken Road’

NYRB is thrilled to receive excellent reviews in The New York Times Book Review and The Wall Street Journal for Patrick Leigh Fermor’s The Broken Road: From the Iron Gates to Mount Athos, the third and long-awaited volume of Leigh Fermor’s epic trek across Europe.

In The New York Times Book Review, Robert F. Worth wrote:

“…an unforgettable book, full of strange encounters with a prewar Balkan cast of counts, prostitutes, peasants, priests and castrati. The great pleasure of all, as usual, is Leigh Fermor’s own infectious, Rabelaisian hunger for knowledge of almost every kind…. For anyone who has tried to document a journey, reading him is a humbling and thoroughly inspiring experience.”


And in The Wall Street Journal, Robert D. Kaplan wrote:

“Fermor’s books, nearly all of them chronicles of his journeys across Europe and the former Ottoman Near East, demonstrate how travel writing, to be legitimate, must act as a vehicle to liberate geography, history, art and culture from their desiccated academic moorings. Fermor combined style with elaborate erudition on nearly every page…Rarely was his description of a landscape not pitch-perfect.”


NYRB Classics is the US publisher of books written by Patrick Leigh Fermor, including A Time of Gifts and Between the Woods and the Water, the first two volumes of Leigh Fermor’s legendary adventure.

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