Sahara

  • Title: Sahara
  • Author: Michael Palin Basil Pao
  • ISBN: 9780312305437
  • Page: 444
  • Format: Paperback
  • Sahara Michael Palin s epic voyages have seen him circumnavigate the globe travel from the North to the South Pole and circle the countries of the Pacific Ocean This was perhaps the greatest challenge yet t
    Michael Palin s epic voyages have seen him circumnavigate the globe, travel from the North to the South Pole and circle the countries of the Pacific Ocean This was perhaps the greatest challenge yet to cross the vast and merciless Sahara desert.Shrugging aside the perils of camel stew and being run over by the Paris Dakar rally, he travels through some of the most spectaMichael Palin s epic voyages have seen him circumnavigate the globe, travel from the North to the South Pole and circle the countries of the Pacific Ocean This was perhaps the greatest challenge yet to cross the vast and merciless Sahara desert.Shrugging aside the perils of camel stew and being run over by the Paris Dakar rally, he travels through some of the most spectacular landscapes on earth For the Sahara is no empty wasteland, but home to a diversity of cultures whose long history stretches from the time of the ancient Egyptians to the oil rich Islamic republics of today.

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    About Michael Palin Basil Pao


    1. Michael Edward Palin, CBE, is an English comedian, actor, writer and television presenter best known for being one of the members of the comedy group Monty Python and for his travel documentaries.Palin wrote most of his material with Terry Jones Before Monty Python, they had worked on other shows such as The Ken Dodd Show, The Frost Report and Do Not Adjust Your Set Palin appeared in some of the most famous Python sketches, including The Dead Parrot , The Lumberjack Song , The Spanish Inquisition and Spam Palin continued to work with Jones, co writing Ripping Yarns He has also appeared in several films directed by fellow Python Terry Gilliam and made notable appearances in other films such as A Fish Called Wanda, for which he won the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role In a 2005 poll to find The Comedian s Comedian, he was voted the 30th favourite by fellow comedians and comedy insiders.After Python, he began a new career as a travel writer His journeys have taken him across the world, the North and South Poles, the Sahara desert, the Himalayas and most recently, Eastern Europe In 2000 Palin became a Commander of the Order of the British Empire CBE for his services to television.


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    1. I found Sahara to be just a little disappointing around the edges. As always, I learned a tremendous amount about the countries through which Palin traveled and I enjoyed his wit. There was something missing in this one, though. It's as if Palin wasn't having a good time. I'm not sure if the conditions were more difficult than he anticipated or if he was overwhelmed by the poverty of those he met, but overall the book lacked the joie de vivre evident in his other travelogues. It's not bad by any [...]

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    2. Not for the first time during the reading of a book was I left feeling that a writer was becoming gradually disenchanted with his initial purpose, grand and promising to be full of adventure. It was plain enough that it was a tough ordeal for Palin. In the end, it just felt like he was glad that it was over.The reason for the 3 stars then, apart from the fact that he writes pretty decently, dotted with the occasional wit, is that this book was like an inlet into, like MP and his childhood fantas [...]

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    3. This book was pretty well done, considering the subject material, purpose and route chosen. I found it interesting even though i am not seduced by the mystery of that ocean of desert, nor am I a huge Michael Palin/Life of Brian fan. If I had been, I probably would have given the book five stars.The Sahara sounds like a forbidding place, unwelcoming and full of hardships. It also seems to have shaped the cultures that live within its embrace; they have come to terms with living there- but after r [...]

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    4. In Sahara,Michael Palin goes off the beaten track,to the back of beyond.To begin with,I was not too keen on this book as I thought that a travelogue through the world's greatest desert would make for grim,cheerless reading.However,this book turned out to be very interesting.Palin has a willingness to test himself under the most arduous conditions.The parched landscape of the desert becomes the setting for a thrilling adventure.He stays in primitive accommodation,travels long distances on the bac [...]

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    5. I have this idea that I want to go to Tunisia. It has a lot to do with Carthage and my fantasies about recapturing the past, a place in which my mind always seems to dwell. This book isn’t the ultimate travel guide by any means, but it combines my interest in traveling through northern Africa and my undying love of Michael Palin. If only he would be there to do that spectacular hoppity dance he did as the cured leper in Life of Brian, I’d be on a plane right now.

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    6. I was fishing for Pico Iyer's travel books when I came upon this volume at Blossom's bookshop, Bangalore. Written in diary format, it can be quite the companion volume to the hit TV show. Though it starts off strongly and has some vivid imagery in between, some parts are rather skippable, and the overall effect doesn't linger more than a couple of minutes.It's quick and easy read and has some wonderful color photographs of the Sahara.

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    7. Its the first time ever that Ive read a book, a nonfiction travelogue at that and watched the TV documentary filmed on it at the same time. And you know what? The Book IS better.Michael Palin, known for being a part of the Monty Python group and the movie A fish called Wanda, is the quintessential British traveller touring Saharan Africa. He starts from the British colony of Gibraltar plunging into the Sahara through Morocco, moving onto Western Sahara, Mauritania, Senegal, Mali, Libya, Algeria [...]

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    8. Very Enjoyable. I like Palin's style of fact filled but fun travel guiding. Quite interesting reading this 15 years later when so much has changed with regard to migrants crossing the Med to get to Europe today. It was happening then too, but maybe in a less organised way, at least not on the same scale. Palin's travels through the harsh realities of African life gave him good reason to feel sympathetic for the people that risk everything to get to Europe. But much was admired too about the diff [...]

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    9. Like ‘Everest’ and ‘Yukon’, the word ‘Sahara’ is a good selling tool for Jeeps, hotels, boots, you name it. Palin’s book carries the name but, as anyone who saw the BBC series will agree, he spent little time in the desert, failed to get under its skin and instead concentrated on the less arduous and more social and photogenic aspects of West and North Africa. Fair enough, the product is MP not where he happens to be or who he’s talking to (the book, not much deeper than the TV s [...]

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    10. You probably would have guessed by now that I really enjoy reading Michael Palin’s travel books. That would be correct, I find them a delightful way to reminisce after watching the accompanying TV series as they give a lot more insight and background.Did you know that Sahara was filmed in two parts? Or that 9/11 occurred while they were in the middle of the Sahara and didn’t see any footage for days? How many times did the crew get food poisoning?You’ll find all this and more in Palin’s [...]

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    11. Bearing in mind what has happened in the countries mentioned in this book over the past 10 years some of the aspects are a little outdated - the ease of access to gas producing plants, the joking about being kidnapped and Gadaffi.However, there were some excellent anecdotes and I found myself smiling throughout - the englishman who lived with a cockeral that diliked women for example. The need for armed guards in Algeria, and the constant cowering when large groups of people walked past maybe sh [...]

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    12. Michael Palin is of course very funny (Monty Python), but many don't realize he is also a thoughtful adventurer who took on an Around the World in 80 days challenge and has followed it up with many other journeys. This is a travel journal of his televised trip across Africa in 2001.Generally I would say it made me want to get the DVD, as lots of the relationships and movement is lost on paper. But he does show a different side of the trip here, as he talks frankly about some reactions he had to [...]

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    13. I much enjoy Michael Palin's travel books and television shows. I enjoy the humor and the novel "themes" employed, that often pass through wonderful places most travelers never get to. Of course, no matter how strange or potentially dangerous the locale he visits, he must have a small entourage with him to do the filming and support. I think Palin tries to maintain a measure of distance from his staff, but in the back of my mind I truly wonder how it affects the honesty of the tale (perhaps none [...]

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    14. I really like everything Michael Palin did and/or wrote, but as this book is the only one I didn't see the documentary on TV, I thought at first it won't be that interesting as previous travel memoirs.The title didn't appeal to me much, as I do not think there's much to say about Sahara about any kind of desert. But this book actually isn't about desert - it is about people and countries doomed to habitate one of the cruelest environments in the world. And I was more than pleasantly surprised ho [...]

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    15. Insist on reading the hard-cover version of all his books. The photography is spectacular. We've fallen in love with Michael (yes, the Monty Python Michael Palin) Palin's travel books. We're half-way through reading his "Himalaya" and have his DVD, "Pole To Pole" in our DVD player.He writes with a self-effacing good humor, always willing to be the butt of the joke as he journeys along in his dapper Oxford and khakis and comfortable walking shoes. Go here for more: palinstravels/static

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    16. Palin`s travelogues are definitely entertaining as light reads, but I can not help but feel they grow less exciting as Palin travels more and ages. Its not that the idea of a long trek across the Sahara is not a fundamentally interesting subject, its just that Palin's light humour and wonder at the world seems to fade slightly. To be fair though, even the most optimistic of travellers will find it difficult to love the great desert, and this story does not hold the 'race-against-the-clock' theme [...]

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    17. Michael Palin can't help to travel and so he does - through the Sahara this time. The book following it is typical Palin: a warm account of his travels, with little anecdotes about the baser aspects and observations of the changing world of the desert.I loved the book, but while reading I found myself a little uneasy with the - if you want to call it that - lack of political realities (Lybia f.e.). I guess, it is not the aim of this book to be political, but the 'innocence' with which Palin reco [...]

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    18. Michael Palin writes with humour, honesty, and with great attention to detail. I really enjoyed how he described the history of each location as he passed through it, but did not focus too much on the history, which would have made it a bit dry. There was a nice balance between his description of his own experiences as a traveller, the history of the places he was visiting, and the lives of the people he met. I felt like I was very much in his shoes, travelling with him. It's a great book for ki [...]

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    19. I generally love travel books and Palin has a good eye for taking a reader on trips with him. This book (so far) is a bit of a tough read. The adventures are engaging enough, but it all feels 'flat' somehow - like, perhaps, Palin was not always enjoying the ride. Pain's writing is warm with a familiar wit, and this really saves the book for me. While Sahara was not a knockout for me, I think I need to see the TV series now!

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    20. This is a fine travel book. Palin gives you a sense of place, including some history, physical description and interaction with the locals. He wrote this tp accomplany a film he shot as he traveled around and through the Sahara. He begins at Gibralter and ends there, but hits about everything in between. I found myself online checking out more details about many of the fascinating places he stops at. A fun read all together.

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    21. Michael Palin's tour of the Sahara was a major one. Covering eight Saharan countries, as well as the disputed Western Sahara, Palin roasted in 140 degree weather, rode as part of a camel train, ate camel livers and lived to tell the tale, and was run over by the Paris-Dakar rally. Humorously told and interspersed with photographs by the brilliant Basil Pao; Palin's Sahara journey is always lively, with new sights, smells, tastes, and adventures around the next sand dune.

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    22. Palin, as always, is a witty raconteur and general all-round affable fellow, and it is always nice to join him on his travels. For me, however, this travelogue of the Sahara and the various countries was somewhat too superficial, and lacking in enough historical references. Other than The Timbuktu part, I felt like I wanted to know more about the culture, history and background of these places. As a somewhat superficial guide, YMMV.

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    23. A good if fairly superficial insight into the Francophone countries of the Sahara region. As it is based on the TV series, it probably doesn't suit the book form so much, hence the superficiality. However, Michael Palin's humour, humanity and humility shine through and make it a generally enjoyable read - the four star rating is perhaps a tad generous. As the book was written in 2001, I found myself checking quite often for updates on the places and events he describes in the book.

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    24. This is a great "read." I am actually almost finished listening to it on audio book--and I recommend it this way as it is a delight to hear him speak and do the voices, each unique.Palin and his crew travel the Sahara to film his show. Partway through the trip they hear about the attacks on 9/11. As a result the book is not merely a travelogue, it is also a stark reminder on how things changed on that day. And how they didn't.I can't wait to read his other works.

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    25. This book accomplished something I never expected: It made me want to visit Africa. Well, at least Morocco. I realize now that Morocco, or at least, Tangier, actually has a decent climate (only up to 90 in the summer) and with the former French colonization, the architecture is pretty awesome. And the culture is super laid back. AND the cost of living is about 1/4 of SLC so. early retirement potential!

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    26. A delightful travel book by a very enthusiastic traveler. He even complains only minimally about some late night runs into the desert with a trowel, paper and matches following unfortunately upsetting camel stew. Palin is so very open to each new experience and appreciative of his opportunities that he easily carries along the reader. And from the security of my air conditioned home I can find his travels in 133 degree temps almost enticing. Well--almost. . On to palins next adventure.

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    27. Another gem from Mr Palin - an engaging account of traipsing around the large desert across over half a dozen countries of north and northwestern Africa with apparently flippant observations offering a wealth of insightful information on matters political, social, anthropological, economic and environmental. A dashing good read

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    28. Another journey with the most comfortable and amiable of companions. This time tackling one of my favourite regions in the world, Mr Palin brings his unique perspective and entertaining powers of observation to discuss this most evocative of desert regions. Reading Michael Palin's writing is to experience travelling with him, without the heat or sand. Highly enjoyable.

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    29. I fell in love with the Sahara desert back in 2012 when I spent a week horse riding on its dunes in the Nile Valley. My comfortable jaunt was dwarfed by the adventure captured in Sahara. I expect I will never see the places described and documented, and for that reason, this read provided a wonderful virtual travel experience into this region. For me, Palin’s style of writing is a delight.

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    30. It really pains me not to give a Palin travelogue 5 stars, I just find this to be the weakest of an otherwise excellent lot. So the rating is more because Sahara suffers by comparison, buy the others first and save this one for last. Perhaps because in this travel Palin is a bit more confined in the range of personalities and cultures he meets? Still good stuff, but not great.

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