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TitlePole to Pole With Michael Palin: North to South by Camel, River Raft, and Balloon (Companion to the Pbs Series)
Author(s)Michael Palin, Basil Pao
ISBN0912333413
LanguageEnglish
PublishedApril 1995
PublisherBay Books
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Reviewer Koos van den Hout wrote:
Again, Michael Palin writes in his great style. In typical English humor he describes his trip from the North pole to the South pole trying to do it in a sort of straight line north to south. Great descriptions of the people he meets, and the eerie feeling that history is happing right on his tail (the Sovjet Union fell apart within weeks after his visit). The books add details that the TV series don't really show. Funny things that happen with the camera crew following him, the amount of trouble they have shipping the entire load of stuff for making the program across the strangest places and the general atmosphere in the crew making the documentary. Great reading. Makes one want to go out travelling by him/herself!
Reviewer amazon.com wrote:
Actor Michael Palin has managed to keep busy since his days with the British comedy group Monty Python. First, he traveled Around the World in 80 Days while a BBC crew filmed his adventures; in Pole to Pole, Palin once again straps on his old kit bag--this time to traverse the globe from north to south. Accompanied once again by a dauntless film crew, Palin begins in the far, frozen wastes of the Arctic Circle, then passes through 17 countries, including Norway, the former USSR, Turkey, Egypt, South Africa, and Chile, before standing at last at the South Pole. Along the way the company is faced with revolution, illness and injury, and not a few bumpy plane rides--occurrences they meet with the obligatory stiff upper lip. Palin also rides in a hot air balloon, acquires a camel, consults a witch doctor, and plunges into the heart of a South African diamond mine, two kilometers beneath the surface of the earth. These adventures and more are related in Palin's journal entries and illustrated by dozens of color and black-and-white photographs. The best travel stories often chronicle trips no sane person would care to experience herself; in Pole to Pole, Michael Palin has done the suffering for us, leaving readers to enjoy the humor, excitement, and joy of exotic climes from the comfort of our armchairs.
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