Michael Palin's Hemingway Adventureby Michael Palin, Basil Pao (Photographer)
Fueled by intensive reading for his bestselling novel, HEMINGWAY'S CHAIR, and, as always,
One hundred years after the birth of Ernest Hemingway, Michael Palin sets out to discover the man behind the legend: a hard-drinking womanizer who liked cats and shooting -- but wrote like a dream and left an idelible impression on the twentieth century through his work.
Fueled by intensive reading for his bestselling novel, HEMINGWAY'S CHAIR, and, as always, driven by a desire to discover new places, Michael Palin attempts to put himself into Hemingway's world. The past and the present intertwine, sometimes to startling effect, as Michael travels from Chicago to the forests and lakes of north Michigan, and from the First World War battlefields in Italy to Paris and Spain, where he pauses to learn about the art of bullfighting and to experience Pamplona during the feria and the infamous running of the bulls.
He visits Venice at Carnival time, and samples the infectious madness of the unique Fallas festival in Valencia with its burning effigies and ear-splitting fireworks. Hemingway's wanderlust draws Michael to the island of Key West in Florida, once unspoilt, but where the Hemingway industry now flourishes and a look-alike competition is the high point of the centenary celebrations. It takes him fishing in the Gulf Stream, on safari in Africa -- where shooting wild animals once meant guns not cameras -- and on to the Big Country of Montana and Wyoming, where the world-famous author escaped from the pressures of fame.
In each location, Basil Pao's evocative photographs capture the mood and local color, and site Michael securely in Hemingway's world. The text is a wonderful exploration of period and place, full of wit and humor, and gives us a fascinating insight into the extraordinary mind and constant, restless perambulations of one of the twentieth-century's greatest, most colorful legends.
"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
- St. Martin's Press
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Meet the Author
Michael Palin is an actor, comedian, travel writer, and a founding member of the Monty Python team. He has written and acted in dozens of successful performances in addition to writing many books, including Pole to Pale, Full Circle, and Hemingway's Chair. He lives in North London with his wife and three children.
Basil Pao is a professional photographer who has worked with Palin on Full Circle and other projects.
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I have never read any of Hemingway books, but after reading Michael's book I just might start. It is a great look into Ernest 'Papa' Hemingway and the places he lived in. Michael travels all over starting in Chicago; Oak Park to be exact where he was born. Then it's on to Michigan where he spent his summer vacations. The other places he goes to include Spain, Africa, Italy, and Paris. One thing I loved about this book is how Michael attempted to live how Hemingway did by trying some of his hobbies which was fishing and hunting. Of course Michael's sense of humor makes the book a real pleasure to read. The pictures by Basil Pao are so beautiful and really capture the mood. I have the video also and it is a lot of fun to watch. In my opinion even if you are not an Hemingway fan, some of the places he lived do make very nice vacation spots. I have to confess my favorite picture in the book is Michael looking over the Chicago skyline. I live near Chicago. So if you are a Michael Palin fan you will not be disappointed with this book.
Once again Micheal Palin presents an excellent adventure, both on video and the book. Although I think this book stands out as the best of his series, not just as a companion to his video but stands alone as as a book of its own. Fantastic reading