Michael Palin has certainly been busy since his days with Monty Python's Flying Circus. In Full Circle
, Palin and a film crew go on a year-long adventure visiting 18 countries along the Pacific Rim. The film was eventually made into a 10-part PBS series, to which this book serves as a companion. Not for nothing is this part of the world called the "Ring of Fire"; volcanoes punctuate the landscape, and Palin even climbs one still smoking from a recent eruption. But the difficult landscape is only one challenge in this at times hair-raising, at times hilarious, always fascinating journey around the world's largest ocean. In the Philippines, Palin witnesses "psychic surgery": on the Urubamba River, Palin simultaneously clings for his life to a dugout canoe as he shoots the rapids and
keeps up with England's progress in the World Cup via shortwave radio.
Whether he's visiting a Gulag camp in Siberia or chowing down on maggots in Mexico, Palin meets the challenges of rough travel with grace, courage, and more than a little humor. Full Circle is fun to read, includes many color photographs from Palin's adventures, and makes a terrific addition to the armchair traveler's bookshelf.
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From Library Journal
Palin and his associates spent nearly a year touring the Pacific Rim developing and videoing a BBC program. Beginning on a small northern island, the group circles through 18 countries bordering the Pacific Ocean. In each area, Palin highlights something unique, such as slave labor camps or volcanoes. Palin's prior affiliation with Monty Python's Flying Circus has made him well known in the UK, but less so in the United States. Reading his day-by-day record of the journey, he includes personal feelings, anxieties, and thrills. The material, personalized with his creative viewpoint, is often intriguing. Despite publicity-laden acts like eating maggots with natives, he shows himself to be an intelligent, relatively normal, worried father and loving husband. His English pronunciations are generally understood from the context, except when he speaks of going to see geezers: most Americans will fail to fathom for approximately two (amusing) minutes that he is talking about geysers. Overall, he is an excellent reader, with a strong, clear voice and meaningful phrasing. The journey is so extensive that no subject receives any in-depth coverage, but the content is generally interesting. Libraries with devout armchair travelers should consider this well-written diary of an unusual trek. Recommended.?Carolyn Alexander, Brigadoon Lib., Salinas, CA
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