Hemingway's Chair

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Macmillan, Jun 23, 1999 - Fiction - 288 pages
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Martin Sproale is an assistant postmaster obsessed with Ernest Hemingway. Martin 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: meedly accept defeat as he always has, or fight for what he believes in, as his hero, Hemingway, would.

Filled with Michael Palin's 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.

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User Review  - sleahey - LibraryThing

Martin's staid life as post office worker is threatened when he is passed over for promotion and a new manager wants to modernize the community hub that is the post office. Martin is obsessed with ... Read full review

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User Review  - dirac - LibraryThing

A decent quick read. I wanted to like it more but I was left wanting by then last act of the book. The characters were decent and the build up was decent but the ending felt rushed. Much like this review! Read full review

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MICHAEL PALIN is a comedian, novelist, actor, and playwright, well known from the Monty Python television show. Hemingway's Chair is his first novel. He lives in North London.

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