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Apr 07, 2009 | ISBN 9780307277916

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“Wittily written explorations of time, space and character.”
The New York Times

“Reveals another range of Gimlette’s skills. His ability to transport you to a foreign country is evidently transferable to a foreign time.”
Bloomberg News

“A book about the appetites of war and peace – for food, sex, and human comfort – unbridled, sordid and somehow, in their ability to lead a civilisation back to itself, redeeming.”
The New Yorker

“An exceptional piece of travel writing.”
Sunday Telegraph (London)

“A moving, often humorous, and thoroughly enjoyable account that works as both a wartime recollection and a travelogue . . . Gimlette strikes just the right notes in juxtaposing the past and present. He has provided a fine chronicle with broad appeal.”

Reviews from the UK:

“Deeply moving . . . Panther Soup is an important book, reminding us of the links between old and new world, ideals and ideologies, war and peace in our phoenix-like continent. It is at once raw and erudite . . . It’s also rich in black humour and insight.”

“An original travel book, written in vigorous prose and exhaustively researched . . . It has at its heart a profound understanding of the ‘soup’–the chaos and madness–of war.”
Daily Telegraph

“The war in all its messy, scrappy detail has always been more difficult to convey than the grand strategies of the generals who sent them there. [But] John Gimlette has found a useful and novel way to do so . . . Gimlette has a gift for travel writing with details of the most intimate kind, the small change and ammunition of a soldier’s life . . . Panther Soup is a subtle book, with telling testimony from the survivors of what it was actually like to fight a war with few rules.”

“A book that works on many levels–historical guide, social history, moving reunion of people and place–and does each superbly.”
Wanderlust (Book of the Month)

“John Gimlette has a nose for the incongruous and the nonsensical. He glories in tracking down rogues, fantasists and eccentrics, and delights in preposterous sights and improbable juxtapositions. He is a dazzling entertainer . . . For his third book, Gimlette is geographically much closer to home, in the heart of Europe. But this is no ordinary saunter through familiar landscapes and well-chewed attitudes.”
Sunday Telegraph

“John Gimlette undertakes an extraordinary odyssey in this book . . . This is an effectual account full of telling detail.”
Irish Times

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