This is the second of Palin’s ‘Great Twentieth – Century Adventures’.
Much of the journey was made between July and Christmas of 1991. It was as if history was waiting for Palin, planning some of its biggest days for his arrival on the scene. He came to Ethiopia at the end of a thirty-year civil war, Zambia on the day of Kenneth Kaunda’s downfall and he witnessed the end of apartheid in South Africa and Communism in the USSR.
If you’ve seen any of Palin’s travel series you’ll know exactly what to expect from this book. His sense of humour shines through and so does his never ending genuine joy and love of life, his obvious pleasure at meeting new people and being in strange but fascinating places. He is an excellent companion for such an arduous journey.
One of his Egyptian guides round Luxor is 83 year old Tadorus (but he insists Michael calls him Peter!) who as a boy of fourteen ‘was present when archaeologist Howard Carter first pushed open the door of Tutankhamun’s tomb’. Despite his many, many years spent around these ancient buildings with scholars and archaeologists, he still finds some things unexplainable.
And he goes on to say.
Informative and entertaining, if you like to travel the world in the company of someone erudite and ebullient but all from the comfort of your armchair then this is a book for you.