Jun 23, 08
History Buffs, and cultural studies buffs.
Read in June, 2008
This book does not read like a novel, and at times it is a bit arduous to get through, so it has its low points. But in contrast when it is good it is really good. Many of the stories are hard to believe. So many of the cultures he describes have obviously been wiped out of existence so this is a text that testifies of the rich cultural diversity of the planet just under 800 years ago. I envy Marco Polo, and even though many of his tales may be exaggerations I wish I could have lived during his time and wandered the globe observing the different cultures of the earth. This book is a good read for anyone interested in History or Cultural Studies as he addresses specific customs of now gone peoples. Overall I enjoyed it and found the stories intriguing.