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!Download ♨ 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 to cross the vast and merciless Sahara desertShrugging 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 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 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 at all Still, I love the second life of this great comic One quibble I wish whomever was responsible for the captions would either be brief and simply identify or try to alter the caption a bit rather than parroting what is in the text 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 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 fantasies with the picture on the box of dates, my own inexplicable, and strange longing for the desert, and the lives of whole generations of people, who in spite of its exacting conditions, have lived on 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 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 reading this account, I have no illusions about wanting to go see it even for a short while.Michael spent most of his time describing what he saw and experienced, then livened things up a bit with the odd funny one liner It helped relieve the dry, unrelenting grittiness of the trip through the book 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 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. A fun armchair travel book by the former Monty Python star who is a funny, warm and humane travel writer. 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 lingerthan a couple of minutes.It s quick and easy read and has some wonderful color photographs of the Sahara. 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 weredifficult 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 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 weredifficult 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 stretch of the imagination, but it s also not his best Fascinating, well written, beautiful photos, some humour, of course Interesting to read the different cultures.