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  The Chatter Box : Blathering On
HOORAY FOR HEMMINGWAY! by Kristine on 10 January 2003 2:03am
It's about time too! It's all I have left to read in the Palin trilogy plus two. The pictures look great and to content sounds wonderfull from what I've read so far. Just what I expected. That's just it in a nutshell I guess... Thanks alot Michael and the webmasters for sharing :)
Re: HOORAY FOR HEMMINGWAY! by RichB on 12 January 2003 4:43am
Yes indeed, Hooray for Hemingway Adventure, by no means the black sheep of the family. It's great to see the journey alongside the others where it belongs and I now look forward to the Railway Journeys being added to the list.

You can sense the disappointment in Michael's introduction as he speaks about how it was less well received than the other journeys. It was as Michael rightly says an 'adventure' as opposed to a straightforward journey and I think the continent jumping gives a kind of broken or stilted feel which takes a little bit of the shine off it.

However, Michael's wit and extraordinary style of presenting more than make up for that even if it doesn't have the romance and excitement that comes with a journey.

Can the lucky antipodeans who are meeting Michael soon, please tell him that we won't let Hemingway Adventure become a poor second to the other journeys..or Belgium for that matter.

Three Cheers for Hemingway!!!
Re: HOORAY FOR HEMMINGWAY! by MissTrixiB on 13 January 2003 9:23am
I read 'Hemingway Adventure' a couple of years ago. It gave me a deeper understanding and appreciation of the man and his work. I really enjoyed it (though, 'Full Circle' still remains my favorite). I think my favorite thing about it WAS the jumping from continent to continent. It lent a little more feel to Hemmingways eratic life and drive to keep moving.
A strange little side note here-not knowing the date of Hemingways death, I finished the book at 12:15 A.M., July 2nd 2001. The 40th anniversary of Hemmingways death. I finished the last page, looked at the clock, realised the time AND THEN opened the book again to check the date of his death. I had no idea. Just a tad unnerving, especially considering that I was alone in a dark, creaky, 100 year old house just past the witching hour when I realized this.
(Now, a mention of Michaels book 'Hemmingways Chair'. I enjoyed that one more the second time. I was so used to his travelogues that it took some getting used to his writing style of fiction)

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