Author: Michael Olbert
Title: Chatwins Guru und ich. Meine Suche nach Patrick Leigh Fermor. [Chatwin’s Guru And Me. My search for Patrick Leigh Fermor.] Time: 2007
Destination: from Berlin to Greece
Length: a few weeks
The story: MO is a big fan of Bruce Chatwin, who in turn is a fan (and a personal friend) of Patrick Leigh Fermor. MO is looking for guidance, but since Bruce Chatwin is long dead, he decides to trace Patrick Leigh Fermor’s footsteps through Europe. And while the latter walked through Europe almost eighty years ago, MO decides to use public transportation to find him.
good for the most part
The book is good – at least for the most part. The writing is well-paced, the descriptions are vivid, and the story is fun to read. MO succeeds in weaving in some other stories, some about Bruce Chatwin, some about Patrick Leigh Fermor, and a bit about his own previous experiences. He also adds some historical information, and it all comes together in a pretty nice way.
Michael Olbert’s weirdness show up
The part which ruined it for me was when he came up with some sort of supernatural blind guide who shows up at important junctions, says some important things and turns out to be identical with the Patrick Leigh Fermor that MO has been looking for all along. Get it? I didn’t. As you can probably tell from my reviews of Paulo Coelho and Shirley MacLaine, I am not a big fan of esoteric stuff. It bores me.
This one might not have been intended to be as weird as it seems. Or maybe I just didn’t get it. Anyway, even though the writing was good, I got annoyed, so there: 4/10.