Imagine the car bucking and lurching over pot holes and road bumps, creating the random jolts and yanks of a rodeo ride.

This is from a lovely book – Hall lived and travelled in Romania in the early part of the 20th century, and wrote this affectionate, penetrating account of a different culture and era.  Romanian Furrow deserves more attention, being on a par with the likes of Laurie Lee’s As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning or Patrick Leigh Fermor’s Time of Gifts.

‘The driver drove as though he had bullocks under the bonnet.’ 


Source: Donald Hall, Romanian Furrow (London: Bene Factum Publishing, 2007 (1933)), p. 80

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