In "Pole to Pole" we join Michael Palin on the second of his epic journeys. Traveling from the North Pole to the South Pole, he experiences every extreme the globe has to offer. As Palin crosses 17 countries by train, truck, raft, Ski-Doo, barge, balloon and bicycle, he meets a diverse range of fascinating characters and landscapes while his own endurance is tested to the limit. Braving the cold grip of the Arctic Circle and swirling snowstorms of Spitsbergen, Palin's adventure starts when he is somewhat surreally enrolled in the Royal and Ancient Polar Bear Society. From then on, Palin negotiates his way past the advances of friendly locals, dodges occasional gunfire and battles with an unruly digestive system to finally stand in Scott's shoes at the South Pole in the Land of the Midnight Sun. "Pole to Pole" is essential reading for every would-be traveller. Writing in his characteristically engaging and witty style, Palin paints a vivid picture of the people and places around him, reinforcing his reputation as one of the world's favourite travel writers. Updated with double the number of location photographers, these classic travel writing lightness of touch with insights. 'Palin makes a wonderful traveling companion...his humour is set at exactly the right pitch.' - "The Daily Telegraph." '[Palin] is as engaging a writer as he is a presenter, and one keeps turning the pages with anticipation and pleasure.' - "Sunday Telegraph". 'Palin writes with unforced wit, keen observation and a simple, happy style.' - Sir Ranulph Fiennes, "Sunday Express".
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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.About the Author:
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 Ken in A Fish Called Wanda, as well as Fierce Creatures. He has also written several books to accompany his very successful travel series.
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Descripción BBC Books, 2004. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería 0563521988
Descripción BBC Books, 2004. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería 563521988