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The Traveller's Tree

The Traveller's Tree

A Journey Through the Caribbean Islands

by Patrick Leigh Fermor, introduction by Joshua Jelly-Schapiro

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In the late 1940s Patrick Leigh Fermor, now widely regarded as one of the twentieth century’s greatest travel writers, set out to explore the then relatively little-visited islands of the Caribbean. Rather than a comprehensive political or historical study of the region, The Traveller’s Tree, Leigh Fermor’s first book, gives us his own vivid, idiosyncratic impressions of Guadeloupe, Martinique, Dominica, Barbados, Trinidad, and Haiti, among other islands. Here we watch Leigh Fermor walk the dusty roads of the countryside and the broad avenues of former colonial capitals, equally at home among the peasant and the elite, the laborer and the artist. He listens to steel drum bands, delights in the Congo dancing that closes out Havana’s Carnival, and observes vodou and Rastafarian rites, all with the generous curiosity and easy erudition that readers will recognize from his subsequent classic accounts A Time of Gifts and Between the Woods and the Water.Patrick Leigh Fermor, introduction by Joshua Jelly-Schapiro

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Series: NYRB Classics
ISBN: 9781590173800
Pages: 528
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Leigh Fermor exults in the otherness of the far-flung place.... He demands nothing from those countries save an opportunity to slip quietly under their skin.
—Anthony Lane, The New Yorker

Being a natural romantic, Leigh Fermor was able to probe the hidden recesses of this mixed civilization and to present us with a picture of the Indies more penetrating and original than any that has been presented before.
—Harold Nicholson, The Observer

Before mass-market guides like Frommer's and Lonely Planet, travelogues were tourists' main resources outside Europe. For the 1950s Caribbean, Patrick Leigh Fermor's The Traveller's Tree was the bible.
The New York Times

Still the best piece of travel writing on the Caribbean.
The Guardian

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