Full Circle: A Pacific Journey with Michael Palin
Having gone round the world and down the poles in Around the World in 80 Days and Pole to Pole, it seems fitting that Michael Palin should complete his travel odyssey for the BBC by completing Full Circle, the book which describes his journey through the 18 countries which border the Pacific Rim, and which make a rough circle of 11,000 miles in diameter.
The result is a journey which, even by Palin's standards, is truly epic.
Pole to Pole represents what is probably Palin's most ambitious piece of travel writing to date, as he gradually begins to piece together a common Pacific culture, as he travels through Russia, Japan, China, Southeast Asia, Australia and South America.
Often the sheer scope of the journey becomes overwhelming and slightly impressionistic, but as ever Palin's wit and wonder at his discoveries and encounters is unflagging, from the wonders of the ancient civilisations of Asia to the startling modernity and squalor of Latin America.
The actor and writer reads the account of his third and most ambitious world adventure: an anti-clockwise circumnavigation of the world's largest ocean, the Pacific. With tales of head-hunters in Borneo and eating maggots in Mexico, Palin evokes the full colour and richness of the Pacific Rim.
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