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Hemingway's Chair

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Awards

A New York Times Notable Book for 1998.

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

The hilarious and critically acclaimed national bestseller; A New York Times notable book of the year

 

"The book's strengths are...its dry, deftly understated wit; its careful plot and character construction; its clever, on-the-money dialogue...Those pleasures carry you a long way." —The New York Times Book Review

"What impresses most about Hemingway's Chair is [Palin's] firm command over the basic craft of novel-writing. His book is well-paced, his prose carefully-hewn, his characters fully developed and convincingly human. And his comic timing is impeccable." —Washington Post

 

"Throughout, Palin's empathetic humor informs this perceptive tribute to the art of manliness." —Entertainment Weekly

 

Martin Sproale is an assistant postmaster obsessed with Ernest Hemingway. He lives in a small English village, where he studies his hero and putters about harmlessly--until an ambitious outsider, Nick Marshall, is appointed postmaster instead of Martin. Slick and self-assured, Nick steals Martin's girlfriend and decides to modernize the friendly local office by firing dedicated but elderly employees and privatizing the business. Suddenly, gentle Martin is faced with a choice: meekly accept defeat as he always has, or fight for what he believes in, as his hero Hemingway would. Filled with Michael Palins trademark wit and good humor, this novel is for anyone who has ever dreamed of triumphing over the technocrats and backstabbers of the world. Hilarious, touching and ultimately inspirational, Hemingway's Chair will make readers stand up and cheer.

Review:

"Funnyman Palin brings a light touch to this yarn, treating his characters and their many weaknesses with an affection that will have readers rooting for his unlikely hero." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"The book's strengths...are precisely the ones you don't expect: its dry, deftly understated wit; its careful plot and character construction; its hearty, well-formed sentences; its clever, on-the-money dialogue." Bruce Weber, The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"Is there anything that Michael Palin can't do? Now, with Hemingway's Chair, he's produced an engaging and accomplished first novel. It makes you wonder when we'll be hearing the premiere of Palin's First Symphony....His book is well paced, his prose carefully hewn, his characters fully developed and convincingly human. And his comic timing is impeccable." The Washington Post

Review:

"Throughout, Palin's empathetic humor informs this perceptive tribute to the art of manliness." Megan Harlan, Entertainment Weekly

Review:

"The spirit of Hemingway is evident in Palin's prose." The Plain Dealer (Cleveland)

Review:

"This comic novel should enjoy critical acclaim while finding popularity among readers who can't distinguish a Python from a garden snake. It is a tale of frustration that is both gentle and snappy, human to the core." Library Journal

Synopsis:

The hilarious and critically acclaimed national bestseller; A New York Times notable book of the year

 

"The book's strengths are...its dry, deftly understated wit; its careful plot and character construction; its clever, on-the-money dialogue...Those pleasures carry you a long way." —The New York Times Book Review

"What impresses most about Hemingway's Chair is [Palin's] firm command over the basic craft of novel-writing. His book is well-paced, his prose carefully-hewn, his characters fully developed and convincingly human. And his comic timing is impeccable." —Washington Post

 

"Throughout, Palin's empathetic humor informs this perceptive tribute to the art of manliness." —Entertainment Weekly

 

Martin Sproale is an assistant postmaster obsessed with Ernest Hemingway. He lives in a small English village, where he studies his hero and putters about harmlessly--until an ambitious outsider, Nick Marshall, is appointed postmaster instead of Martin. Slick and self-assured, Nick steals Martin's girlfriend and decides to modernize the friendly local office by firing dedicated but elderly employees and privatizing the business. Suddenly, gentle Martin is faced with a choice: meekly accept defeat as he always has, or fight for what he believes in, as his hero Hemingway would. Filled with Michael Palins trademark wit and good humor, this novel is for anyone who has ever dreamed of triumphing over the technocrats and backstabbers of the world. Hilarious, touching and ultimately inspirational, Hemingway's Chair will make readers stand up and cheer.

Synopsis:

Inspired by his hero, Ernest Hemingway, an assistant postmaster in a small English village, decides to fight for what he believes in. A novel for anyone who has ever dreamed of triumphing over the technocrats and backstabbers of the world.

About the Author

Michael Palin is an actor, a comedian, a travel writer, and a founding member of the Monty Python team. He has written and acted in dozens of successful performances. Hemingway's Chair is his first novel. He lives in North London with his wife and three children.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312205508
Author:
Palin, Michael
Publisher:
St. Martin's Griffin
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Humorous
Subject:
England
Subject:
Postal service
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Humor : General
Edition Number:
2
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20130716
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.125 in

Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Humor » General
Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z
History and Social Science » American Studies » Popular Culture

Hemingway's Chair
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Product details 288 pages St. Martin's Press - English 9780312205508 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Funnyman Palin brings a light touch to this yarn, treating his characters and their many weaknesses with an affection that will have readers rooting for his unlikely hero."
"Review" by , "The book's strengths...are precisely the ones you don't expect: its dry, deftly understated wit; its careful plot and character construction; its hearty, well-formed sentences; its clever, on-the-money dialogue."
"Review" by , "Is there anything that Michael Palin can't do? Now, with Hemingway's Chair, he's produced an engaging and accomplished first novel. It makes you wonder when we'll be hearing the premiere of Palin's First Symphony....His book is well paced, his prose carefully hewn, his characters fully developed and convincingly human. And his comic timing is impeccable."
"Review" by , "Throughout, Palin's empathetic humor informs this perceptive tribute to the art of manliness."
"Review" by , "The spirit of Hemingway is evident in Palin's prose."
"Review" by , "This comic novel should enjoy critical acclaim while finding popularity among readers who can't distinguish a Python from a garden snake. It is a tale of frustration that is both gentle and snappy, human to the core."
"Synopsis" by ,

The hilarious and critically acclaimed national bestseller; A New York Times notable book of the year

 

"The book's strengths are...its dry, deftly understated wit; its careful plot and character construction; its clever, on-the-money dialogue...Those pleasures carry you a long way." —The New York Times Book Review

"What impresses most about Hemingway's Chair is [Palin's] firm command over the basic craft of novel-writing. His book is well-paced, his prose carefully-hewn, his characters fully developed and convincingly human. And his comic timing is impeccable." —Washington Post

 

"Throughout, Palin's empathetic humor informs this perceptive tribute to the art of manliness." —Entertainment Weekly

 

Martin Sproale is an assistant postmaster obsessed with Ernest Hemingway. He lives in a small English village, where he studies his hero and putters about harmlessly--until an ambitious outsider, Nick Marshall, is appointed postmaster instead of Martin. Slick and self-assured, Nick steals Martin's girlfriend and decides to modernize the friendly local office by firing dedicated but elderly employees and privatizing the business. Suddenly, gentle Martin is faced with a choice: meekly accept defeat as he always has, or fight for what he believes in, as his hero Hemingway would. Filled with Michael Palins trademark wit and good humor, this novel is for anyone who has ever dreamed of triumphing over the technocrats and backstabbers of the world. Hilarious, touching and ultimately inspirational, Hemingway's Chair will make readers stand up and cheer.

"Synopsis" by , Inspired by his hero, Ernest Hemingway, an assistant postmaster in a small English village, decides to fight for what he believes in. A novel for anyone who has ever dreamed of triumphing over the technocrats and backstabbers of the world.
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