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hemingway's chair by little-peep on 13 December 2002 3:25pm
I have just finished reading the book from my school libreay (took ages to find!)
and , oh God! what a strange srory! i won't spoil it for those who want to read it and haven't, but i had hoped that martin and ruth would get together at the end.....not sure if i like the end...totally unexpected...and a bit cruel in my view.
but, it made me think (what a rare sight!), and it may be bitter, but it's true about things moving on, and getting 'modern', and the loyal locals can't do a thing.....very sad...
anyway, bye
luv little-peep xx
Re: hemingway's chair by Lindsay on 14 December 2002 5:03am

I read Hemingway's Chair a few years ago. Fabulous book, lots of character development, but unfortunately the ending felt a little bit rushed for my tastes. Having said that, it made a long flight feel very short, and I'll probably reread it soon.

I do remember one line stuck in my mind for weeks, though. I couldn't quite get my head around the fact that, "that nice Mr Palin off the telly" had written a line that was quite so... well, raunchy. I remember it even now, and it's been something like four and a half years since I read the book.

You know the one:

"He wanted to [censored], and she wanted to [censored], and it was going to happen sooner or later."

Oh my, Michael! *fans self*

Re: hemingway's chair by Dianne on 14 December 2002 5:13am
Isn't it funny that for some reason some of us or perhaps a lot of us see Michael as "that nice Mr Palin off the telly" and don't expect him to swear or to write or say anything raunchy. Why is that?
Re: hemingway's chair by Ken Dunn on 20 February 2006 6:26pm
I searched the threads for this one because I came across the book yesterday in an antique etc. bookshop in Crail, Fife. I have started reading it and will let you know what I think of it when finished. It is quite good so far. It is a novel written by Michael and first published in 1995. The bookshop also had good copies of the hardback editions of 'Around the World in 80 Days' and 'Pole to Pole'.
Re: hemingway's chair by kazzzz on 20 February 2006 6:29pm
I just loved this book Ken have read it many times now.
Re: hemingway's chair by Sophie-Louise on 20 February 2006 7:40pm
wow ken, this sounds like a lovely shop. what's it called? does it have a website?
Re: hemingway's chair by suzulu on 21 February 2006 1:37am
I have had the book for a long time and I am ashamed to say I haven't got round to reading it yet!
Re: hemingway's chair by Ahren on 21 February 2006 9:56pm
i got it at a car boot sale, but i hve to say i didn't really enjoy it that much! I haven't read any Hemmingway, and i don't care too much about Post Offices, so it's not really my type of book!
Re: hemingway's chair by Ken Dunn on 8 April 2006 7:53am
I found the book to be a good read about realistic subjects. Some of todays novels are too way out.
I can't remember the name of the shop or if it has one(!) and don't know either if it has a website.
Re: hemingway's chair by voxpops on 10 April 2006 12:21am
I found the book to be mildly interesting and the ending was quite a let-down. Caveat emptoor!
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