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Michael Palin's Hemingway Adventure by [Palin, Michael]
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4.4 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews

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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

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"Italy, Paris, back to Africa and on to Cuba and Key West, Michael Palin's Hemingway Adventure works on many different levels: There's Palin's charm and self-deprecating style. There are his keen insights on life, balanced nicely by pure silliness from time to time...A delightful tragelogue." --The Baltimore Sun "Palin's prose is spry and insightful, identifying the true warmth felt for Hemingway in these locales...Any trout-fishing, bull-running, wing-shooting Hemingway fan worth his martini shaker should wind this book fun." --Library Journal

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4267 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson (27 May 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003TO5AKO
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #187,040 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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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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Format: Paperback
This is another great travel book by Michael Palin but, for me, it started off quite slowly and felt like any other TV Travel book.

However as it went on the book got more and more interesting, and for someone who hasn't seen the series or read much Hemingway, it really felt as though I was reading a short but thorough biography of him.

It made a good book to read on holiday and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys travel writing and/or Hemingway.
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For admirers of Michael Palin's travel tales, this book is an essential companion. If you have seen the TV programme you can relive the experience and hear Michael in your head as you read. His style of writing is so fluid and engaging that the pages turn themselves.
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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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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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