Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Michael Palin's six favorite books

Michael Palin was a lifelong (so far) member of Monty Python.

His recent books include the travelogue Brazil, and The Truth, a novel about a would-be biographer of a famed environmentalist.

One of Palin's six favorite books, as told to The Week magazine:
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

A short, powerful tale about where an obsession can take you, about a character pushing into the unknown and entering a world whose values are turned upside down.
Read about the other books on Palin's list.

Heart of Darkness also appears on Robert Twigger's list of five of the best books about rivers, Robert McCrum's list of ten of the best closing lines of books, Mark Malloch-Brown's lis of six favorite novels of empire, John Mullan's list of ten of the best fogs in literature, Tim Butcher's list of the top 10 books about Congo, Martin Meredith's list of ten books to read on Africa, Thomas Perry's best books list, and is #9 on the 100 best last lines from novels list.

In 2012, Palin told the Daily Express about his six best books, a somewhat different list from his latest.

--Marshal Zeringue