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Tämä viestiketju on "uinuva" —viimeisin viesti on vanhempi kuin 90 päivää. Ryhmä "virkoaa", kun lähetät vastauksen.
He writes like an angel, but we don't all have angelic minds, so ... whenever I read him, I have to have a dictionary close by.
I'd like to suggest an interesting exercise. Take one of his books, open it at random and see how far you can read before you have to refer to a dictionary. No cheating - you have to understand the word he is using in each case. Do you really know what an ogive is? Maybe you know it's something to do with windows, or architecture, but, if you can't define it exactly - look it up.
I'll go and have a go and see how I get on.
I found Between the Woods and Water a bit of a disappointment after A Time of Gifts, but maybe it's time I gave it another go. I don't feel a strong urge to do so, just the slightest velleity.
Fermor's vocabulary is certainly impressive. I picture him as something of a real-life version of the dons in early John Le Carre novels - the erudite thinkers who fought the Germans and the Communists (or colluded with one or the other).
But sometimes I'm flummoxed by less obscure words - lambent, for instance. Ellis Peters has a lambent moon in just about every book she wrote, and every time I see it I have to look it up!
And, otm, if you regard "lambent" as "less obscure" - I'm guessing "shining brightly", as a very rough definition - I can see I have a long way to go on my vocabulary. Having said that, I've just got through page 234 without resorting to the dictionary, so perhaps there's hope for me yet.
It did have the word "platypod" which could be relevent if the author did walk from Holland to Turkey.
I peeked at the last page and it says "to be continued." But looking at the titles of Fermor's books, there doesn't seem to be a third part. Anyone know what happened?
An era when people used words like "lambent."
Oh, and he is apparently - and entirely appropriately - living in Mani.
His latest book, together with Deborah, Duchess of Devonshire:
And the interview with him by William Dalryple (beautiful article!)
At this moment I have set my teeth that deep in a Dutch philosopher on violence, that it would be a pity to take a break from him. So I hope P.L.F. and Duchess Debo are going to ad lustre to my Easter.
Merry X-mas and great reading time to you!