Into Iraq: Michael Palin

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Into Iraq: Michael Palin

Into Iraq: Michael Palin

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His ability to bring his travels to life with a casual observation, of curious conversation, have not dimmed during COVID. This account imparts its knowledge lightly, may make you want to visit, and reminded me of how much I miss the country I briefly lived in. The first thing to say about this book is visually it's stunningly beautiful with countless images woven on nearly every single page. A series of essays inspired by books that I own, talking about their history, some reviews and also how they came to be on my shelves.

However, this book is as important as it is interesting because Palin speaks to ordinary people going about their lives. Lots if facts, lots of emotion and lots of incredible insights in a forbidden land steeped in ancient history and troubled times. After WW1 and the break-up of the Ottoman Empire there was a relatively short, ultimately unsuccessful, attempt by the British Empire (the biggest of them all) to engineer some stability in the area. Hij volgde de loop van de Tigris van aan de grens met Turkije naar Basra, bijna aan de Perzische Golf. This was his first documentary travelogue since visiting North Korea in 2018 which was equally short and it is now eleven years since his last trip lasting multiple months which saw him explore Brasil.I would have liked more details especially on the life of the people coming out of decades of conflict.

Through Palin’s effort and words we see more than just a tourist’s overview and box ticking exercise like a modern ISpy book. Vroeger heb ik series en volgens mij ook boeken gelezen van hem dus ik was heel enthousiast om weer een nieuwe te proberen. Palin appeared in some of the most famous Python sketches, including "The Dead Parrot", "The Lumberjack Song", "The Spanish Inquisition" and "Spam".Trotzdem stehen sein Team und auch er der neuen Reise bei aller Freude auch mit einer gewissen Vorsicht gegenüber. As an Iraqi, most of the things he talks about I already knew, however this is a really nice book to give you a personal guide on Iraq and its diverse population and how Palin experienced the state of the nation (Which I think is accurate).

And he considers the role that Iraq's other great natural resource - oil - plays in both providing wealth and threatening political stability. It’s plain to see that although there are elements of his journey that still capture his interest, the main takeaway this time is of a country whose prosperity has been squandered and its recent history scarred.

Michael Palin schreibt offener und ich finde in seinen Erzählungen wieder die Momentaufnahmen von Land und Leuten, die für mich den Reiz bei seinen Reiseberichten ausmachen. I can't believe I didn't think about Michael at all during the pandemic, all cooped up and unable to visit new places, eat new dishes, and meet new people. Please note: On occasion, due to the complexity and personal nature of some book signing requests, Michael may not dedicate and sign exactly as requested. His words in books, supplemented with vivid and informative photographs and pieces to camera in TV programmes always engage me and fostered a desire to explore beyond my limited travel horizons. It would be the endless waits at random checkpoints that they endured for seemingly little point other than to justify the existence of the checkpoint and the guards manning it, I doubt I have the patience for nowadays.

Most purchases from business sellers are protected by the Consumer Contract Regulations 2013 which give you the right to cancel the purchase within 14 days after the day you receive the item. But then in 2018, heh teamed up with Channel 5 with a headline-grabbing trip to North Korea, and in 2022, aged 79, it was off to Iraq. I know almost nothing about Iraq as a country so this was interesting and devastating to see that so much of it has not recovered from the war. In zijn boek, “Naar Irak”, die een literaire versie is van de TV-reeks geeft hij nog iets meer informatie vrij over zijn odyssee van bijna 1. Mas é triste que, uma vez mais, a BBC, que deve ter gasto uma soma substancial e deslocou uma equipa de 8 pessoas (além dos motoristas e contactos locais), não tenha incluído um fotógrafo.Michael Palin is brilliant and I’m so grateful to him for giving me the chance to imagine myself on this recent journey in Iraq. Zijn reis, die begon bij Lake Hazar in het oosten van Turkije, omvatte bezoeken aan Koerdistan, waar hij een dag doorbracht in het bergdorp Akre voor de Koerdische New Roz-vieringen, een festival van fakkeltochtjes, vuurwerk en geweervuur, een bezoek aan Tikrit, waar hij de waarheid over het verschrikkelijke Speicher-bloedbad ontdekte, hij stond perplexvoor de lengendarische moerassen tussen de rivieren Eufraat en Tigris,voor hij verder trok naar Babylon om het paleis van Saddam Hoessein te verkennen dat boven de oude stad uittorent. From the descriptions in this book it looks like it may be becoming possible to be a relatively safe tourist in Iraq again, however he explains that major destinations such as Ur’s ziggurat and the site of Babylon were largely reconstructed over their original ruins during the time of Saddam Hussain.

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