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Hemingway's Chair by Michael Palin
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Dec 07, 2008

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A fun read. Michael Palin is a hoot. I could just see the Monty Python movie in this. The ending was a little less than satisfactory, but not enough to spoil it for this reader. A mild mannered British postal clerk, Martin Sproale, who is enamored with all things Earnest Hemingway, gets pushed into retaliating against the bureaucrat that forced him out of his beloved position with the British Mail. Most of it deals with the lead up to his being forced out, and only gets to the revenge towards the end. You will understand his frustration well. A lot of Hemingway trivia went into the writing of this, but its presentation is never pedantic, only adding to the good humor. Martin is a bit of a Luddite, but lovable anyway. The rest of the characters are all typical good British town folk, wary of newcomers and fiercely loyal to their own, until money is involved. Then all bets are off.

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