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Marco Polo: The Incredible Journey

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The incredible story of Marco Polo's journey to the ends of the earth has for the last seven hundred years been beset by doubts as to its authenticity. Did this intrepid Venetian really trek across Asia minor as a teenager, explore the length and breadth of China as the ambassador of the ruthless dictator, Kublai Khan, and make his escape from almost certain death at the ...more
Hardcover, 230 pages
Published August 1st 2005 by Sutton Publishing
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Jun 13, 2016 Toll_Road_Will rated it did not like it
Oh dear, a book that I have given up on. This could be an absolutely fascinating tale but was so difficult to follow (and the author got his King Edwards well and truly muddled, I think) In Marco Polo's time countries had different names and many cities have now disappeared. It would have helped so much if the author had included some maps so we could see where Marco was and helped us link the historic with the modern. The book appears to be a translation of an earlier interpretation(s) Now the ...more
Jun 22, 2013 Lucy rated it it was ok
I can't quite see what this adds to Polian studies. I felt I wanted a lot more actual information about Marco Polo outside his adventures, and I found the adaptation of his own story awkwardly written. The style chosen by the author, attempting to get under the skin of a teenager having the time of his life, didn't quite work for me. The best bits are when he describes incidents involving precious stones - but who could go wrong with emeralds, sapphires and rubies?
Jun 20, 2014 Kalaivani rated it liked it
I can see the wonder in Marco Polo's voice but not as loudly as I think it must have been (Baudalino by Eco which is fantasy but probably borrows from books like Marco). But then I do not know if the original is different. Who knows...
In any case, it was fascinating to see how much the world has changed and yet remained the same when it comes to human nature.
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