BETWEEN THE WOODS AND THE WATER - PATRICK LEIGH FERMOR
This is the second book in the account of Fermor's walk from Holland to Constantinople in 1933 at the age of nineteen He wrote the first account A TIME OF GIFTS in 1977 and this one in 1986, the third is still to come. Fermor is now 95 and still writing after living a life full of adventures. Considered a classic of travel writing, the book is dense with descriptions and history making it slow but fascinating reading. Two times -- the time before World War II when he was walking and the post war time when it was written, and in which the reader lives inform the book. I kept wondering what happened especially to the gypsies, the rabbi and rabbinical students,but really to everyone he met along the way. He tells us a few of the afterlives of the people he kept up with, but of the chance acquaintances we can only wonder as to their fates. It is a picture of the world of Hungary, Rumania, and Transylvania, now lost forever.
Available from virtual catalogue. You might want to start with first book A TIME OF GIFTS