‘Cretan Runner’: Yes, an insurgent’s tale, but surprisingly not a very interesting one
Someone awhile back recommended to me that if liked Patrick Leigh Fermor’s work, I should look at 'The Cretan Runner,' an account by a young Cretan who fought alongside Fermor.
Someone awhile back recommended to me that if liked Patrick Leigh Fermor’s work, I should look at The Cretan Runner, an account by a young Cretan who fought alongside Fermor.
I was interested because it is so rare to find accounts by insurgents fighting on their own turf — we usually get the story of the counterinsurgent (such as David Galula) or the foreigner working with the insurgents (e.g., Fermor).
I gotta say I was disappointed. It is a workmanlike book, but is more a diary than a narrative. Yes, most of what happens in war is boring, but that doesn’t mean the book should reflect that on many pages. I gave up about halfway, which is unusual for me to do.
Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons
More from Foreign Policy
Can Russia Get Used to Being China’s Little Brother?
The power dynamic between Beijing and Moscow has switched dramatically.
Xi and Putin Have the Most Consequential Undeclared Alliance in the World
It’s become more important than Washington’s official alliances today.
It’s a New Great Game. Again.
Across Central Asia, Russia’s brand is tainted by Ukraine, China’s got challenges, and Washington senses another opening.
Iraqi Kurdistan’s House of Cards Is Collapsing
The region once seemed a bright spot in the disorder unleashed by U.S. regime change. Today, things look bleak.