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IMMUNE: A JOURNEY INTO THE MYSTERIOUS SYSTEM THAT KEEPS YOU ALIVE
Philipp Dettmer
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The Traveller's Tree
Patrick Leigh Fermor

Classification : Travel & Adventure
Pub Date : Jan 01, 2007
Imprint : John Murray
Page Extent : 416
Binding : PB
ISBN : 9780719566844
Price : 799

About the book
In this, his first book, Patrick Leigh Fermor recounts his tales of a personal odyssey to the lands of the Traveller's Tree - a tall, straight-trunked tree whose sheath-like leaves collect copious amounts of water. He made his way through the long island chain of the West Indies by steamer, aeroplane and sailing ship, noting in his records of the voyage the minute details of daily life, of the natural surroundings and of the idiosyncratic and distinct civilisations he encountered amongst the Caribbean Islands.



From the ghostly Ciboneys and the dying Caribs to the religious eccentricities like the Kingston Pocomaniacs and the Poor Whites in the Islands of the Saints, Patrick Leigh Fermor recreates a vivid world, rich and vigorous with life
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Amusing, knowledgeable, and percipient, it is everything a travel book should be.
No-one has captured and evoked the extraordinary differences between the islands better
A substantial and fascinating work, with the adventurer's signature across every page
John Murray is doing the decent thing and reissuing all of Leigh Fermor's main books ... But what else would you expect from a publisher whose commitment to geography is such that for more than two centuries it has widened our understanding of the world?
He is the ideal traveller, inquisitive, humorous and vivid in depicting
Being a natural romantic ... he was able to probe the hidden recesses of this mixed civilisation and to present us with a picture of the Indies more penetrating and original than any that has been presented before
     
Patrick Leigh Fermor
Patrick Leigh Fermor is of English and Irish descent. After his stormy schooldays, followed by his walk across Europe to Constantinople, he lived and travelled in the Balkans and the Greek archipelago...(+)
Books by Patrick Leigh Fermor
A Time of Gifts (PB)
Between the Woods and the Water (PB)
In Tearing Haste (HB)
In Tearing Haste (PB)
Mani (PB)
Roumeli (PB)
The Violins of Saint-Jacques (PB)
Three Letters from the Andes (PB)