Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Michael Palin's 6 favorite books

Michael Palin was a lifelong (so far) member of Monty Python.

His recent books include the travelogue Brazil, and The Truth, a novel about a would-be biographer of a famed environmentalist.

One of Palin's six favorite books, as told to The Week magazine:
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

Like his protagonist — an old fisherman in pursuit of a marlin — Hemingway fixes the reader's attention unwaveringly on the story he wants to tell. The tension peaks as an exhausted Santiago fights one last time to find the success that has so persistently eluded him.
Read about another book on Palin's list.

The Old Man and the Sea appears among Robson Green's six best books and Dave Boling's five best examples of how to structure a novel. N.M. Kelby has suggested that The Old Man and the Sea may be The great Florida Novel.

In 2012, Palin told the Daily Express about his six best books, a somewhat different list from his latest.

--Marshal Zeringue