The Traveller's Tree: A Journey Through the Carribean Islands (Google eBook)

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New York Review of Books, Nov 9, 2011 - Travel
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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.
  

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Review: The Traveller's Tree: A Journey Through the Caribbean Islands

User Review  - R. Ellis - Goodreads

Fermor's first book. I wasn't expecting the same enjoyment that I got from his other books, but this really surprised me. Here is the intense historical focus that would be the hallmark of his future ... Read full review

Review: The Traveller's Tree: A Journey Through the Caribbean Islands

User Review  - Frank - Goodreads

One of his best books! A remarkable history of the Caribbean Island combined with a first hand description of the land, the people and the architecture. Read full review

Contents

CONTENTS
Dedication
Guadeloupe Continued
Martinique
Martinique Continued Chapter Five Dominica
Trinidad Chapter Eight Grenada St Lucia Antigua St Kitts
Envoi
Photographs
Copyright

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About the author (2011)

Patrick Leigh Fermor (1915-2011) was an intrepid traveler, a heroic soldier, and a writer with a unique prose style. After his stormy schooldays, followed by the walk across Europe to Constantinople that begins in A Time of Gifts (1977) and continues through Between the Woods and the Water (1986), he lived and traveled in the Balkans and the Greek Archipelago. His books Mani (1958) and Roumeli (1966) attest to his deep interest in languages and remote places. In the Second World War he joined the Irish Guards, became a liaison officer in Albania, and fought in Greece and Crete. He was awarded the DSO and OBE. He lived partly in Greece—in the house he designed with his wife, Joan, in an olive grove in the Mani—and partly in Worcestershire. He was knighted in 2004 for his services to literature and to British–Greek relations.

Joshua Jelly-Schapiro is a doctoral student in geography at the University of California, Berkeley. He has written for The Guardian, The Believer, The Nation, Foreign Policy, and The New York Review of Books, among other publications.

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