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Nice guy but dull book
on 26 January 2017
Michael Palin is a bit of a legend in his own lifetime and, having seen him live at an 'evening with' affair, he seems a very nice guy too, rather more so than some of the other pythons. He comes over that way on telly and in the book too.
The book is, however, for a race around the world, a bit dull. At least half of it seems to be spent on boats, during which time there is no sight of land and absolutely nothing of any interest happens. This is particularly the case towards the end when about 10 days are spent on a container ship going from Japan to Los Angeles. Palin never gets anywhere bear South America, Australasia or , a bit of north east Egypt aside, Africa and some places he does get to (e.g. Singapore, Los Angeles, New York), he is in and out of within half a page. This book serves to remind you that while travel round foreign countries broadens the mind, the actual getting there, whether it be hours spent hanging around airport departure lounges, or as in this case, slow boats to everywhere, can be extremely dull.