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Re: What's your favorite series? by canaveralgumby on 15 March 2005 4:40pm
 
Always been Pole to Pole. Don't know why exactly. It felt the least staged, I think. Also, he was following his heroes, which I find very inspiring, you know, while I sit here in my little cubicle DREAMING about going somewhere, anywhere!
 
Re: What's your favorite series? by Dr. Piglet on 15 March 2005 6:50pm
 
80 days is my favorite, for a number of reasons. but right now i'm watching full circle, which is really interesting. especially the second episode, where michael meets a japanese fan with whom he's been corresponding for twenty years!!! she was very pretty too... *hmmmmmm*

 
Re: What's your favorite series? by Ahren on 15 March 2005 8:41pm
 
I liked Himalaya best, as I was actually old enough to stay up and watch it this time!!!
What (or who) is Hemmingway, anyway? lol
 
Re: What's your favorite series? by George on 15 March 2005 10:50pm
 
Hemingway Adventure is probably the least popular of MP's series. Parts of it are quite interesting, but perhaps it's just too long. It traces the travels of Hemingway from his birth in Chicago, to Europe, Africa, Cuba, and finally, to Idaho, where he died in 1962 of a self inflicted gun shot wound. He led what would be called a "large" life.

Ernest Hemingway was a popular American novelist and journalist who wrote in a wonderfully descriptive style with colorful images and long flowing sentences. "The Son Also Rises" and "For Whom the Bell Tolls" would be good examples of this. His work is now somewhat dated. However, late in life, he wrote "The Old Man and the Sea" for which he won a Nobel Prize, and is still considered great literature.
 
Re: What's your favorite series? by canaveralgumby on 16 March 2005 4:30am
 
My 2 cents - Hemingway was a newspaper journalist before he began writing his novels. Knowing that, you can appreciate the sparse writing style. Some of his most perfect sentences are discriptive without any adjectives. But if you start reading Hemingway without background knowledge, like I did, you might really hate him, like I did!

Having said that, to this day, "The Old Man & the Sea" is one of my favorite books.
 
Re: What's your favorite series? by edith on 16 March 2005 12:17pm
 
mine has to be full circle because that is when i started realising what a great guy mr palin is, but i also really love ATWIEDS. and he looks so lovely when he is on the dowl and is un-shaven!!!
 
Re: What's your favorite series? by George on 16 March 2005 10:20pm
 
Full Circle is my favorite, too. The concept of going from a remote island in the Bering Strait and back again, is inspired. So many little moments of humor; looking for a bath plug in Russia and singing with the Navy choir, just to name 2.

About Hemingway, I agree completely that his style and vocabulary are very simple. And, unless you already had a working knowledge of European history and big game hunting when you read his books, they are hard to follow.
 
Re: What's your favorite series? by Ahren on 18 March 2005 4:44pm
 
i think ill skip it then, they (the books) sound hard going!!
 
Re: What's your favorite series? by George on 18 March 2005 7:02pm
 
Oh yeah. There are so many more readable authors today.
 
Re: What's your favorite series? by Ahren on 19 March 2005 2:10pm
 
Has anyone read Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks? Its about the 1st World War and is absolutely amazing. The description is very vivid and there are some amazingly graphic scenes. It really brings home the horrors of warfare and makes the soldiers real people, rather than just names or numbers.
I would recommend it to anyopne with a strong stomach!
 
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