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Around the World in 80 Days
     

Around the World in 80 Days

by Michael Palin
 

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Best known to Americans as the former star of Monty Python's Flying Circus, author and adventurer Michael Palin circumnavigates the globe following in the famous footsteps of Jules Verne's fictional hero Phileas Fogg. By camel, train, dog-sled, dhow, and container ship he races against the clock. Palin shares his adventures and misadventures - from a

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Best known to Americans as the former star of Monty Python's Flying Circus, author and adventurer Michael Palin circumnavigates the globe following in the famous footsteps of Jules Verne's fictional hero Phileas Fogg. By camel, train, dog-sled, dhow, and container ship he races against the clock. Palin shares his adventures and misadventures - from a garbage-collecting gondola in Venice to his close shave in Bombay with snakes and mongoose - with humor and delight.

His boundless curiosity about people and places, his wry sense of humor and remarkable eye for local color, make Around the World in 80 Days a marvelous adventure story for everyone!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Actor and comedian Palin's account of circumnavigating the globe by camel, dog sled, cargo ship and balloon is the companion to a PBS series. (Jan.)
Library Journal
Palin, a member of the Monty Python comic troupe, is the most recent voyager to be inspired by Jules Verne's famous novel. His journey (filmed by the BBC), which barred airplane travel and tried to loosely follow Phileas Fogg's route, was much more of a lark than an adventure. It takes a fair amount of planning to circumnavigate the Earth in 80 days, even today: while technology has added greatly to travelers' comforts, political and bureaucratic obstacles may be even worse than in the past, and ocean travel is also more difficult to arrange. Palin writes in diary format, and he maintains his good humor throughout. The book is richly illustrated but needs a better map of the route traveled. Recommended for public libraries.-- Harold M. Otness, Southern Oregon State Coll. Lib., Ashland

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780563521990
Publisher:
Gardners Books
Publication date:
09/30/2004
Edition description:
New

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