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Two things happen to shatter Martin's equilibrium. First, a new, corporate-style postal manager takes the job that by rights should have been his, promptly beginning a campaign of privatization and modernization that threatens all Martin holds dear. Second, an American woman outbids him on Hemingway memorabilia; a scholar, "not a fan," of the writer, Ruth Kohler lives in seclusion nearby while she works on a book about the women in Hemingway's life. Martin and Ruth engage in some increasingly heated role-playing as the conflict over Threston's post office comes to a slow boil. Deprived of his position, his cozy world crashing down around him, Martin finds himself acting more like the he-man writer than he ever thought possible. Palin's debut is in some ways a surprise: poignant rather than funny, skillfully paced and couched in workmanlike but hardly spectacular prose. Readers expecting Pythonesque absurdity might find themselves disappointed--but only at first; with patience, this book unfolds its more subtle pleasures with understated aplomb. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Besides his incredible acting and comedy skills Mr. Palin writes a hella good novel. In this book he captures English village life wonderfully sketching memorable characters who... Read morePublished 20 days ago by Tiger Bob
Martin lives in a small English village where life ticks by without much happening. But change is inevitable and when new management comes to the post office where Martin works it... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Wendy Unsworth
Wonderful book! There's just a taste of the silliness that you would expect from a member of Monty Python, and it is expertly woven into the tale. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Rynnkins
Witty and a great story. Michael Palin is indeed clever and an entertaining author. An easy and fun read for surePublished 17 months ago by Realtorjt
I am still not sure if I really liked this book or not. At times I felt I was caught within Martin's own mind and he was talking to himself. Read morePublished on October 7, 2013 by DeNisa Howe
Martin is a lowly Postal Worker but with his admiration for Ernest Hemingway he was able to find a nitch in life that made him a heroPublished on October 3, 2013 by Linda M
When you're half way through a book and you think, gee this is good! My whole face grins. Well I've finished the book and I'm still grinning. I enjoyed every word.Published on November 23, 2011 by Diane Challenor
I read this book because my mother's book group was reading it and I needed something to read for a plane ride. I loved it. Read morePublished on October 24, 2011 by Amy Faircloth