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Halfway To Hollywood: Diaries 1980-1988 (Volume Two) Paperback – 8 Jul 2010
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Palin reminds me of Samuel Johnson: driven, intellectually formidable, and spurred on by self-reproach and the wholly irrational idea that he's not really getting on with it . . . Palin is a seriously good writer. These diaries are full of fine phrases and sharp little sketches of scenes (DAILY MAIL)
This is a brisk, pithy, amusing read, teeming with the writer's inner life, crammed with high-quality observations . . . and deft ink-pen sketches of his associates (SPECTATOR)
Charming and vastly entertaining (IRISH TIMES)
His entries are riddled with the astute wit and generosity of spirit that characterise both his performances and his previously published writing (TIME OUT, 'Book of the Week')
It's clear why Cleese later nominated Palin as his luxury item on Desert Island Discs . . . he makes such unfailingly good company . . . this is the agreeably written story of how a former Python laid the foundation stone by which he would reinvent himself as a public institution: the People's Palin (GUARDIAN)
A fascinating and wry cultural take on the 1980s . . . it's also, when added to volume one, proving to be the most beguiling and revealing of ongoing autobiographies (SUNDAY HERALD)
This is the Michael Palin with whom the public has fallen in love. A man whose ordinary likeability makes us feel we know him, and that he is incapable of nastiness or an outburst of bad temper (SUNDAY TELEGRAPH)
provides humour aplenty (DAILY TELEGRAPH)
There are some fabulous and very funny snippets about Alan Bennett and Maggie Smith . . . the behind-the-scenes antics of the Pythons and their wider circle make great reading (OBSERVER)
Michael Palin's bestselling diaries of the 1980s, including the filming of THE MEANING OF LIFE and A FISH CALLED WANDA.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
Palin is such a natural writer, his words trip off the page as though he were casually sitting next to you making pleasant conversation. His warmth, wit, love of his family and insecurities, all come to light in this fine book. He sheds light on a world most of us can only speculate about - the tantalising world of screenplays, movie deals, TV appearances etc., but makes most of it seem about as terrifying as a wander down to the local corner shop for a pint of milk. And this is no bad thing. He definitely name drops, but in such a casual pleasant way that you hardly notice it. For instance when he frequently refers to his friend "George", you have to keep reminding yourself that this is George Harrison from The Beatles! There is comedy and heartbreak along the way. Be prepared.
I think my favourite moment is when he takes his 80-year-old mother to New York on Concorde and she ends up co-presenting Saturday Night Live with him on national American TV.
This book is a wonderfully easy read, you will struggle to put it down as you just want to keep going, turning the page again and again to find out what happened next. And if nothing else this book has taught me two things - 1. I cannot wait for the next volume of diaries to be published, and 2. I would really love to have Michael Palin round for tea. Perhaps he could mention it in his diaries sometime?
It's not prurient, heart-breaking or laugh-a-minute. But, like so much of Michael Palin's work, it is sensitive, well-observed, down-to-earth and studded with pithy wit. It's just a pleasure to be in his company. No surprise that he seems the most popular Python within the group, and he gets on with all of them (with the possible exception of Graham Chapman, who may have been too zany for anyone on this planet to really connect with). Palin is self-effacing but not *too* nice - he bristles when he's being taken advantage of and stands up for himself, and it's nice to see him land the occasional punch. He also delivers what all good celeb diarists should - nice character portraits that show the human side of figures we know and love.Read more ›
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I found this to be a very patchy effort by someone who generally presents as an entertaining, likeable and interesting person. Read morePublished 16 months ago by aussie mark
After seeing him recently on his Tour, I just had to buy the diaries. Very readable, thoroughly engaging and hard to put down. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
My sister liked eading of these3 folks she knew personally .Published 21 months ago by Kevin More Plumley
Very good read. Always interesting to read about Michael Palin. Highly recommend. Would by from seller again, very quick deliveryPublished on 19 May 2015 by Gem Nash