When Michael Palin was researching his novel Hemingway's Chair, his interest was stimulated by Hemingway's appetite for travel and "Papa's" evocations of the places he knew. In pursuit of Hemingway, Palin begins at the beginning, in Oak Park, Idaho, then travels to Italy where Hemingway served in the Ambulance Brigade in the First World War. Then on to Paris in the "Roaring Twenties", bull-running at Pamplona and Hemingway's love affair with Spain. Hemingway became disillusioned and returned to the States, where he lived on Key West in Florida before moving to Sun Valley, Idaho, until the Spanish civil war recalled him.
©1999 Michael Palin; (P)1999 Orion Publishing Group Ltd
"Easy-going Palin's essential niceness and unpretentious ability to relate to anyone from any culture makes him Britain's best-loved travelling companion." (Talking Business)
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"Travelling like a Champion!"
I have always enjoyed watching Michael Palin documentaries on traveling the planet. In the true style of Michael Palin's mega journeys; a delightful dip into Ernest Hemingways adventures.
"Great story about Hemingway"
Micheal Palin's voice and dry humour never ceases to bring interest to this topic. Being a Hemingway fan is not necessary to enjoy this audiobook, but it adds value to know about the man and his stories.
"Personal journey of an icon"
Very relaxing and informative insight into the life of a 20th century icon. Very much a personal journey read in an amiable style which so characterises Palin. Learned some new things but probably the best part was the feeling that you are actually there in each location he visits.
It was all memorable, I loved it.
I can't imagine that the experience would be quite the same without Michael reading it. He leaves room for your mind to imagine without intruding.
It's already a TV series!
I couldn't get through this because of the extremely annoying use of background music that just wouldn't fade out and seemed to go on and on and on. It also seemed to be a 'Think of a Theme' travelogue that are so popular these days but also seem to verge on the utterly pointless. Maybe if you're a big Hemmingway fan you'll find something of interest here, otherwise give it a miss.
"excruciatingly annoying background music"
like everything by palin the book is well crafted and read but the background music is so intrusive that I have yet to read more than a few minutes at a time without throwing the headphones across the room.
scrap the background music
ensure any future purchases are music free
it is a shame that such poor production standards have been allowed to mar what would otherwise presumably be an enjoyable read/listen. I won't be buying anything further from this publisher (or whatever they're called)
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