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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Orion (28 Oct 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752818449
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752818443
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 3.5 x 13.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,626,067 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael Palin established his reputation with Monty Python's Flying Circus and the Ripping Yarns. His work also includes several films with Monty Python, as well as The Missionary, A Private Function, an award-winning performance as the hapless Ken in A Fish Called Wanda and, more recently, American Friends and Fierce Creatures. His television credits include two films for the BBC's Great Railway Journeys, the plays East of Ipswich and Number 27, and Alan Bleasdale's GBH.

He has written books to accompany his very successful travel series, Around the world in 80 days, Pole to Pole, Full Circle, Hemingway Adventure, Sahara, Himalaya and New Europe. He is also the author of a number of children's stories, the play The Weekend and the novel Hemingway's Chair.

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Michael Palin's popularity as a travel writer and TV presenter is at its zenith. His likeable, unassuming personality and accessible approach to challenging foreign journeys is the perfect conduit for the reader and viewer: Palin does not come across as a hardy adventurer, but just as we ourselves might be if we were coping with exotic and bizarre locales. Hemingway's Adventure represents a remarkable progression and is probably his most engrossing book yet. Writing about Hemingway in Hemingway's Chair, Palin became fascinated with the life and travels of the hard-living writer. As he re-traces the writer's footsteps across the globe, he encounters an army of remarkable characters in his search for the truth behind the legend. From the writer's haunts as a child in North Michigan to the battlefields of Northern Italy, we are taken on a compelling and colourful epic journey that takes in running the bulls at Pamplona, dangerous safaris in Kenya and Uganda and (of course) Hemingway's beloved marlin fishing in Cuba. Palin's eye is as sharp and vivid as ever. Carnival in Venice, for instance, is presented in striking detail. The book itself is a beautiful object too: illustrated with many images from the TV series, it's likely to be on many a Christmas shopping list.-- Barry Forshaw --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Easy-going Palin's essential niceness and unpretentious ability to relate to anyone from any culture makes him Britain's best-loved travelling companion. (TALKING BUSINESS) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By crawford4.cloughmills@ukonline.co.uk on 5 Oct 2001
Format: Paperback
This book takes you on a journey through different continents and cultures. It allows you to travel the world in the company of a traveller who is not only experienced, but also sensitive to local customs and traditions.
As you read it you get to know not only the author, but you feel as if you have spent time in Hemingway's company. The book is richly illustrated with stunning photographs which tell a lot in addition to the printed text.
The numerous quotations from Hemingway's novels help to make the book more coherent, and also give insight on Hemingway's life.
An excellent read for Hemingway fans, for those who know little or nothing about him, or for anyone who is interested in seeing different cultures and ways of life.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rennie Petersen on 8 Nov 2005
Format: Paperback
I really like Michael Palin's travel documentaries, both the BBC TV programs and the books based on the programs. He has a knack for finding interesting people and places, and he presents it all with wit and charm and a personal engagement that is beguiling. The books are beautiful with lots of great color pictures, most taken by photographer Basil Pao.
This book is based on the BBC TV program where Mr. Palin traveled to all of the places where Ernest Hemingway had lived and traveled. One can't really say the program "follows Hemingway's footsteps" because some sequences are presented out of order, but it's all there:
Chicago and northern Illinois (Hemingway's youth)
Italy (WW I and duck hunting)
Paris (Hemingway's start as an author)
Spain (running with the bulls, bullfighting)
Key West (fishing, boxing)
Africa (hunting, airplane crash injuries)
Cuba (fishing, Hemingway's home for 20 years)
Montana and Idaho (dude ranches, Hemingway's death)
Each chapter that describes a place almost invariably leaves the reader smiling and thinking that it would be interesting to visit that place oneself.
Incidentally, my high opinion of this book (and the associated TV program) has nothing to do with any interest in Hemingway's authorship. I read "The Old Man and the Sea" when I was in high school, and have not read anything by Hemingway since. Still, I find his life interesting, and I think that Michael Palin has made a great travelogue by visiting the various places and telling about Hemingway's life.
I can especially recommend the audio version of this book, which is read by Michael Palin himself. He does a great job of delivering the dialog of the various people, all with their different accents.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Dec 1999
Format: Hardcover
This is another good book to come from Micheal Palin. He is undoubtedly television's greatest travel writer and presenter and this book ( and television series ) is another example of that . It is well written in Palin's unique style and once it is picked up it is hard to put down ( I had finished it by Boxing day ) However it is not quite as good as his earlier works. One almost feels that this was one adventure too many. Micheal Palin is not, by any stretch of the imagination remotely like Ernest Hemmingway. This makes it difficult for Palin to accurately trace Hemmingway's life and as a result the book seems a little distant and lifeless. This contrasts to Palin's earlier books which were written during true adventures, which shows in the way in which the books were written. However this was a good read and I would reccomend it to anyone with an interest in either Palin, Hemmingway or travel.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Jan 2000
Format: Hardcover
In bed with flu over the holidays, I read Michael Palin's new book in one day and really enjoyed it. It is an easy and light read, with Michael Palin's great sense of humour and self-deprecating charm keeping you going throughout. But while Palin is a wonderful and genial travel companion, he is not a literary critic, and ultimately I found the book a bit superficial and light.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Nov 1999
Format: Hardcover
Palins lucid and emotive style has engineered a text that is both informative and a pleasure to read. The collation of Hemmingway and Palin, in tandem with the astounding images littered throughout the piece creates a book that daren't be put down. It would make an excellent gift for Christmas.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Nov 1999
Format: Hardcover
I've avidly followed the TV series and I think the book is a thoroughly enjoyable read. Michael's wit and general 'niceness' for want of a better word shine through. I had the pleasure of meeting him at W/S Galleries in Bristol and he is a top bloke. He gamely signing anything put in front of him including one young lady's chest!
Regarding the book itself, it is an unusual contrast of personalities between Palin and Hemingway but this is a strength rather than a weakness. Palin's viewpoint makes for a more insightful read with the juxtaposition of the characters and lives of the two men. The chapter on the Florida Keys had a particular resonance for me as I've visited Key West. The six toed cats are a real tourist attraction and I've met Bill Clinton, the neutered ginger tom who is pictured in the book. Incidentally Basil Pao's photograph's are stunning and very evocative, the annotated satellite photograph's are very useful and informative.
All in all a first class book, which I shall be giving to a couple of my friends as an early Christmas present.
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