By Patrick Leigh Fermor

In the overdue Forties Patrick Leigh Fermor, now greatly considered as one of many 20th century’s maximum go back and forth writers, got down to discover the then fairly little-visited islands of the Caribbean. instead of a finished political or ancient research of the zone, The Traveller’s Tree, Leigh Fermor’s first ebook, offers us his personal vibrant, idiosyncratic impressions of Guadeloupe, Martinique, Dominica, Barbados, Trinidad, and Haiti, between different islands. right here we watch Leigh Fermor stroll the dusty roads of the nation-state and the large avenues of former colonial capitals, both at domestic one of the peasant and the elite, the laborer and the artist. He listens to metal drum bands, delights within the Congo dancing that closes out Havana’s Carnival, and observes vodou and Rastafarian rites, all with the beneficiant interest and simple erudition that readers will realize from his next vintage bills A Time of Gifts and Between the Woods and the Water.

 

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