Spend an Hour with Michael Palin
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|Wed 31 Oct ’12, 7:00pm–8:30pm||
Where: Spencer on Byron Hotel, 9 Byron Avenue, Auckland
Restrictions: All Ages
- General Admission: $20.00
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Event listed by: sarah103
Michael Palin converses with Finlay Macdonald about his latest travel adventures in Brazil – now a major new book and BBC TV series – and his recent novel 'The Truth'.
Brazil is one of the four new global super powers with its vast natural resources and burgeoning industries. Half a continent in size and a potent mix of races, religions and cultures, of unexplored wildernesses and bustling modern cities, it is also one of the few countries Michael Palin has never fully travelled. Until now.
In this companion book to his new series for the BBC – Palin’s first for five years – he explores in his inimitable way this vast and disparate nation. From the Venezuelan border and the forests of the Lost World where he encounters the Yanomami and their on-going territorial war with the gold miners, he follows Teddy Roosevelt's disastrous expedition of 1914.
Journeys by river to the headwaters of the Xingu, by plane over huge tracts of forest, by steam train and by road along the Trans-Amazonica allow him to reach a kaleidoscopic mix of peoples: the indigenous hunter-gatherers of the interior, the descendants of African slaves with their vibrant culture of rituals and festivals and music, the large community of German descent who celebrate their patrimony at the biggest beer festival outside Munich, and the wealthy guachas of the Pantanal amongst them. His journey ends at the border with Uruguay and the spectacular Iguacu Falls.
Michael Palin is one of the most popular comic figures of our time. His exploits with the Monty Python team and in subsequent films such as ‘A Fish Called Wanda’ are now the stuff of legend. It is as the adventurous traveller of his major television series, however, that he has acquired a vast and loyal following. He is also the author of fiction, with his latest novel ‘The Truth’ published in July this year.