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on January 22, 2002
This book is the companion to the BBC series which visited many of the places Hemingway wrote about and lived. This television series was done to commemorate Hemingway's 100th birthday. I had been uninterested in Hemingway prior to reading this book. Palin's engaging style changed that for me. Palin has a passion for Hemingway that is infectious. I was prompted to read The Sun Also Rises, The Dangerous Summer and Death in the Afternoon by Palin's telling of Hemingway's passion for bullfighting. I also visited Pamplona for the 2000 San Fermin festival, one year after the one described in the book.
This book would be an excellent travel narrative even without the Hemingway connection. There are, besides the chapter about bullfighting and Pamplona, entertaining accounts of duck hunting near Venice, Key West nightlife, sportfishing in Havana, and taxidermy in Idaho. Palin's writing style is like having an old friend telling you an interesting story. The photography is excellent as well. Highly recommended.
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