The world Mine Oyster
1961 First UK Edition. First published in French in 1956 by La Colombe, Editions du Vieux Colombier. Translated from the French by the author.
Publisher - Heinemann.
Cover is hard bound in purple cloth. Spine ends and bottom corners are bumped.
Dust Jacket is present. Price clipped. Some tanning and shelf wear.
End Papers are intact, white.
Preliminaries – Frontispiece: Photo portrsait of the author. Table of Contents; Author's Note; List of Maps and Ilustrations; Introduction by Patrick Leigh Fermor.
Main Text Body - 330 Pages. Fine and clean.
End Matters – Index.
Edges are even and unworn. Foxing on top edge.
Spine is tight with no gutter damage. Gilt lettering.
Page Structure is sound with no missing pages.
" 'The World Mine Oyster is the considerably shortened and adapted version of my two volumes 'Escales de ma Jeunesse' and Heureux qui comme Ulysse', which were original published in french and were 'crowned' by the Academie Francaise." From hte Author's Note.
These memoirs are chiefly concerned not with the author's aesthetic theories, but with his adventures, many of which are as strange as those of Sinbad. Nearly being eaten by sharks while serving with the French Navy in the West Indies on one of the last great cruises under sail; escaping unscathed when visiting the front line at the Battle of the Aisne in 1915, but being genuinely wounded while acting as an extra in a mock battle for a film about the American War of Independence; taking part in a diplomatic mission to one of the last Shahs of the old dynasty of Persia, the description of which reads as outlandishly as the travels of Marco Polo--the reader is led from one colourful episode to the next. Throughout a life whose range of activity has been truly fantastic, the author, perhaps because he is a Romantic, has reacted to each new situation or discovery with the freshness and delight of a child. This complete absence of staleness or cynicism gives these unusual memoirs their unusual charm.
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