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In the autumn of 1988 Michael Palin set out from the Reform Club to circumnavigate the world, following the route taken by Phileas Fogg 115 years earlier. But if the rules were simple, nothing else was. Palin's Passepartout was not a loyal French manservant, but a five-person BBC film crew, there to record his every move. Fogg brought back a princess, Palin a lot of dirty laundry and a television series that stands as an unparalleled tribute to a man's ability to make life difficult for himself. This book is the story of, and the story behind, the making of the series - a no-holds-barred account of a journey that turned into a Great Twentieth Century Adventure.
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Michael Palin established his reputation with MONTY PYTHON'S FLYING CIRCUS and RIPPING YARNS. His work also includes several films with Monty Python, as well as THE MISSIONARY, A PRIVATE FUNCTION, an award-winning performance as the hapless Ken in A FISH CALLED WANDA and, more recently, AMERICAN FRIENDS and FIERCE CREATURES. His television credits include two films for the BBC's GREAT RAILWAY JOURNEYS, the plays EAST OF IPSWICH and NUMBER 27, and Alan Bleasdale's GBH. He has written books to accompany his six very successful travel series, AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS, POLE TO POLE, FULL CIRCLE, HEMINGWAY ADVENTURE, SAHARA and HIMALAYA. He is also the author of a number of children's stories, the play THE WEEKEND and the novel HEMINGWAY'S CHAIR.From 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
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