Beauty and ugliness, sophistication and squalor, unceasing urban noise and monastic tranquility. Michael Palin is an intrepid explorer and a Python of the Monty variety opposed to the slithering type. The journey is entertaining and the world seems a little more accessible when you tag along with Michael. I really enjoy reading about all his adventures. That being said, he describes some incredible sights and places. The diversity of the many countries and places is amazing. Arctic wilderness, tropics, deserts, cramped cities, huge rivers, high mountains, etc.
He gives vivid accounts of the crew's over 200 day-journey along the Pacific Rim. This volume of his diaries reveals how Python emerged and triumphed, how he, John Cleese, Graham Chapman, the two Terrys Jones and Gilliam , and Eric Idle came together and changed the face of British comedy. Great piece of travel writing. At least Palin admits his prior ignorance but surely a European is aware there are differences between Norway and Germany? Palin circles the Pacific and I got the impression that he enjoyed the trip until New Zealand a lot more than the rest. Two versions of the audio book exist, an abridged version that lasts 6 hours and an unabridged version difficult to find that lasts 11 hours 53 minutes. There are many high points along the way, the most exciting being when Michael Palin had to lasso a camel while standing in the back of a pickup truck that was going over bumps and around bends at break-neck speed. I did have an aim once to visit all of these counties and maybe I still will fingers crossed.
Basil Pao also produced a book, , containing many more of his pictures. The third and most ambitious of Michael Palin's adventures is a voyage of epic proportions - the circumnavigation of the Pacific Rim. For instance, in China, the section of the book seems a bit depressed. On his travels the focus is on the story and not on him. Penetrated but never conquered, it remains the world's most majestic natural barrier, a magnificent wilderness that shapes the history and politics of Asia to this day.
The more of his books that I read, the more he affirms himself as my favourite of the Pythons. I want to know more of the flavours and detail. Having read each of his books in paper format years ago, listening to them now in audio format narrated by the great man himself is fantastic. Audio edition This book was made available as an audio book, read by Michael Palin himself, allowing the listener to hear his wit and charm, and his ability to do accents. They all share a common body of water but that is where the similarity ends in most cases.
A fairly good read but I would recommend his other travel books before this one. If you're a sucker for travelogues, especially ones covering great distances, then I'm predisposed to like Michael Palin, so it's not surprising that I enjoyed this book, which traces Palin and his film crew as they traveled around the Pacific Rim in over 200 days in 1996. Palin's verbosity is much better served in this forum ; An excellent, heartwarming trek. It covers some 30% of the surface area of the globe and approximately 40 countries across 4 continents have some kind of Pacific Coastline. It makes for a long night. Arctic wilderness, tropics, deserts, cramped cities, huge rivers, high mountains, etc. Another great travel read from Palin.
Books by Palin that I have read - Himalaya, Sahara, Pole to Pole and Full Circle. Maybe thats due to the family emergency mentioned - so that his perception of the trip changed - or it was really what he saw and experienced. Michael Palin was my favourite Monty Python, and I loved his quirky humour as it expressed itself in his travel vlog as well. The stand out pieces of the journey for me and maybe for Palin himself seem to be his difficulty in sleeping and the early hours of rising to see the places visited. Palin travelled through them by air, train, boat, car, and on foot, exploring some of the most beautiful landscapes on earth. The diversity of the many countries and places is amazing. Told through the eyes of a Englishman; he highlights what he considers to be the most alien to him.
This book is his written journal of some of his experiences during his travels. This is no cutting edge, off-the-grid gonzo journey, so if you're looking for that, look elsewhere. As he moved through different countries he met the wonderfully diverse communities that make up their populations, many of whom lead far from ordinary lives. The Pacific Ocean is the biggest ocean on the planet. I had a feeling I am looking at an unknown count I listened to the audiobook narrated by Michael Palin himself. Today's world is but 20 years removed, but it is world's away in terms of the new political realities. And it is incredible to watch as he makes his way through the Middle East and Africa - and then trying to imagine that same trip being made today.
Its a lifetime experience to see the world. Pailin's narration made me feel like I was actually watching his show. Full Circle is a great story and Palin a fantastic narrator. Not circumnavigating the globe, but journeying from one end to the other: the North Pole to the South Pole. Palin wrote most of his material with Terry Jones. For me, and I love Mr Palin, I would rather have a shorter journey and more detail.
Having watched the series I wasn't sure what the book would add. I shall certainly be looking at getting his other travelogues in the near future. Written in his usual observational style, it is peppered with wry comments, a host of memorable characters and, this time, more drama from home — reminding you that whilst it is on the face of it a jolly ramble, his journey took the best part of a year to complete and was quite draining. His ability to put a positive spin on situations that would leave me raging never ceases to amaze. Following the hugely popular and successful Around the World in 80 Days and Pole to Pole, Michael Palin set off to meet another challenge: an anti-clockwise circumnavigation of the world's largest ocean, the Pacific.
Palin has an excellent style telling us of his travels. There is an incredible warmth and enjoyment on the western shores of the Pacific - all through Asia you can feel it and enjoy it as well. He travels for almost a year through the 18 countries that border the world's largest ocean, and is forced to negotiate mountains, plunging gorges, cross glaciers and dodge icebergs. This book accompanies one of his early or original journeys. His humility is his big advantage over others who concentrate on being the stars of the show. However, the encounters with all kinds of people are great reading material. Palin's other travel diaries the ones that I've read at least.