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The first of Palin's highly acclaimed travel trilogy, Around the World in 80 Days finds the former Monty Python comic swapping his dead parrot for his rucksack, and setting off in the footsteps of Jules Verne's intrepid traveller, Phileas Fogg. In 1872 Fogg set off from The Reform Club in London on an 80-day journey around the globe which took him through southern Europe, the Middle East, China and the USA.
Palin's journey is no less hectic and incident-packed than his illustrious predecessor, as he pursues Fogg in an increasingly frenetic attempt to get back to the Reform Club within the allotted 80 days. Along the way we are treated to Palin's trademark traveller's tales and bizarre journeys, from the idyllic but at times traumatic medieval boat journey across the Indian Ocean, to dog-sledding and ballooning across the USA. Some of the finest sections come with Palin's often hilarious accounts of cultural confusion encountered throughout India and the Far East. Around the World in 80 Days is full of what has made Palin such a popular and enjoyable travel writer: wry, humorous, but ultimately humane observations on the world's foibles, and the pleasure and pains of travelling. --Jerry Brotton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
New edition of No.1 bestseller Michael Palin's first travel book of his incredible journey around the world. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
Michael palin books are always great reading funny honest great valuePublished 2 months ago by stephenwalton
A good purchase, received it within a few days, it was in good condition, enjoyed listening to it.Published 3 months ago by John Garwood
Had seen the TV series several times and loved it so got the book. It was compelling reading which added an extra dimension to the TV series. I read it in a few days. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Peter Hughes
Love this book Michael Palin describes it so well you can almost believe your there with himPublished 6 months ago by Jill north
Great to reflect on this amazing journey 25years on. Really interesting to picture the changes to dubai and bombay. Recommend.Published 8 months ago by Chris Saul
I grew up with the pythons and their unique brand of humour. So when I first picked up this book I was uncertain about what to expect. Read morePublished 8 months ago by M. J. Ross