Author: Michael Palin
Number of Pages: 255
When Michael Palin was researching for his novel, "Hemingway's Chair", his interest was stimulated by Hemingway's appetite for travel and "Papa's" evocations of the places he knew. Hemingway remains a compelling figure, and in this volume Palin attempts to put himself into Hemingway's world. He starts at the beginning, in Oak Park, Idaho, then travels to Italy where Hemingway served in the Ambulance Brigade in World War I. Then comes Paris in the Roaring Twenties, bull-running at Pamplona and Hemingway's love affair with Spain. Hemingway became disillusioned and returned to the States, where he lived on Key West in Florida, before moving to Sun Valley, Idaho, until the Civil War recalled him. He wrote the war novel "For Whom the Bell Tolls" in a hotel in Cuba, and continued to travel the world as he got older and more famous. Along the way, Palin discovers many people who remember him and archive material to complement the photographs.