Hemingway's Chair Paperback – 1 Apr 1996
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*"An intricate plot with some grand, Pythonesque moments." The Independent * "A beautifully constructed thoughtful novel." Scotland on Sunday * "Hemingway's Chair is padded with the charm and humanity that typifies Palin's work." Independent on Sunday * "Comic dialogue that leaps off the page." Literary Review * "A beguiling comedy." The Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Michael Palin is a comedian, actor, writer, and TV host best known for being one of the members of Monty Python and for his travel documentaries. His books include "Himalaya," "Sahara," "Michael Palin's Hemingway Adventures" and his most recent novel "The Truth". --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
I liked the way this book and the main characters all developed and the storyline was credible and moved along very well.
My lasting impression of this book won't be the way the post office was taken over by a not very nice chappie; but that Palin himself seems to sit four square as the main character. The knowledge of Hemingway and his works that was liberally spread around this book was real knowledge taken from someone who has clearly read, learned and appreciated everything that Hemingway had to offer. I even have the feeling that Palin owns THAT chair: the chair that is at least partly central to the plot.
Drop the comedy tag and approach this as a good read and you'll enjoy it I'm sure.
Written in 1995 but still relevant today `Hemingway's Chair' tells the story of Martin Sproale, Assistant Post Master of Theston Post Office and what befalls him when on the retirement of the Post Master rather than be promoted is usurped by a Manager sent from head office with plans for privatisation, sale or worse, franchise. At an initial glance not a very inspiring plot but this belays the themes of changing society, the effects on the little man and the general outcome of kicking against the pricks.
As a polite suburbanite no one would credit Martin's obsession with Ernest Hemingway whose famous quote `A man can be destroyed but never defeated' inspires Martin to stand up and be counted and lead the fight back.
Palin's debut novel is as inspired as its hero and all throughout the reading the reader is forever wondering, when can we expect Palin's second novel.
This was an incredible story, well written and well told. I am a gigantic fan of Michael Palin (not literally), but thankfully, not in the way that the protagonist hero worships Ernest Hemingway.
This is a love story with a big difference.
I think that Michael Palin should stick to the travel writing,he does that much better.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A good read. Not as good as the diaries bur equal to the travel books.Published 16 months ago by Mr P Wilkinson
Both amusing and poignant character studies with Hemingway's chair as a focal point throughout, and featuring in the dramatic, if unlikely, climax.Published 24 months ago by Analytica
This is an absolutely brilliant book from Michael Palin. I love his style of writing and can almost imagine him reading it to me, himself.Published on 13 Sept. 2012 by Mary
This read was enjoyed by my husband and myself before gifting it for Christmas. The book was equally appreciated by its now owner.Published on 14 Jan. 2012 by Julia Verne
"Hemingway's Chair" is one of those 'feel good' books that do not come along that often. Yes I am sure there are greater works of literary fiction but that is not the point at all. Read morePublished on 4 Nov. 2010 by I. J. Davison
This story is an amusing account of the lives ordinery people in a small town, just trying to get on with their lives. They don't want change, but it is forced upon them. Read morePublished on 2 Nov. 2008 by P. Butler