Christopher Hitchens Remembers Patrick Leigh Fermor

Travel Blog  •  Jim Benning  •  06.15.11 | 1:01 PM ET

Christopher Hitchens recalls the legendary travel writer who died last week at 96.

Now the bugle has sounded for the last and perhaps the most Byronic of this astonishing generation. When I met him some years ago, Leigh Fermor (a slight and elegant figure who didn’t look as if he could squash a roach; he was perfectly played by Dirk Bogarde in Ill Met by Moonlight, the movie of the Kreipe operation) was still able to drink anybody senseless, still capable of hiking the wildest parts of Greece, and still producing the most limpidly written accounts of his solitary, scholarly expeditions.

And finally:

To his last breath, he remained curious and open-minded to an almost innocent degree and was a conveyor of optimism and humor to his younger admirers. For as long as he is read and remembered, the ideal of the hero will be a real one.



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Travel blog 06.16.11 | 9:13 AM ET

I met him some years ago, Leigh Fermor (a slight and elegant figure who didnít look as if he could squash a roach… http://traveltamed.com

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