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Pole to Pole [Paperback]

Michael Palin
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Having circumnavigated the globe from west to east in Around the World in 80 Days, Michael Palin proceeded to stretch even his endurance with his next journey, travelling due south from the North Pole, arriving five months later at the southernmost point of the globe, the South Pole. The result is Pole to Pole, Palin's account of his extraordinary journey between July and December 1991, passing through 17 countries from Greenland and the former Soviet Union in the north to Kenya, South Africa and Chile in the south.

From the frozen wastes of both poles, to the scorching heat of Africa, Pole to Pole is a travelogue of bizarre extremes. Palin revels in the surrealism of it all as he travels through a range of vastly different European and African communities undergoing massive social and political upheavals in the aftermath of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Palin's shrewd observations are as ever interspersed with his eye for the weird and the comical, as he meets Santa Claus and Lenin, goes shopping for camels in Omdurman, and makes a final hectic dash to the South Pole via Chile. It's all quite exhausting! --Jerry Brotton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Book Description

No.1 bestseller Michael Palin's epic journey from the North Pole to the South Pole. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Het idee lijkt zo eenvoudig: een tocht van de Noordpool naar de Zuidpool - langs de 30ste oostelijke lengtegraad. De werkelijkheid is heel wat minder eenvoudig... Deze spannende reis van pool tot pool is een op het lijf geschreven uitdaging voor de man die '80 dagen rond de wereld' reisde: Micheal Palin. Vijf lange maanden had hij nodig om samen met zijn ploeg dit avontuur op film te zetten. Een erbarmelijke tocht per trein, vrachtwagen, schip, vlot, Ski-Doo, sloep, fiets en luchtballon. Het resultaat: een meeslepende en leerzame documentaire met fascinerende verhalen en unieke beelden. Michael Palin ziet op deze wonderbaarlijke reis voor zijn eigen ogen geschiedenis geschreven worden. Zo is hij getuige van het einde van het apartheidssysteem in Zuid-Afrika, de dag van Kenneth Kaunda's aftreden in Zambia, de afloop van een 30-jarige burgeroorlog in Ethiopië en de val van het communisme in de Sovjet-Unie. --This text refers to the DVD-ROM edition.

About the Author

Michael Palin established his reputation with Monty Python's Flying Circus and Ripping Yarns. A self-confessed dromomaniac (travel addict), he has written books to accompany his highly successful travel series, and is a regular No.1 Sunday Times bestseller. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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