Legendary trader and explorer Marco Polo was nicknamed "Marco of the millions" because his Venetian countrymen took the grandiose stories of his travels to be exaggerated, if not outright lies. As he lay dying, his priest, family, and friends offered him a last chance to confess his mendacity, and Marco, it is said, replied, "I have not told the half of what I saw and did....more
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"Come hither, great princes! Come hither, emperors and kings, dukes and marquises, knights and burgesses! Come hither, you people of all degrees, who wish to see the many faces of mankind and to know the diversities of the whole world! Take up this book and read it, or have it read to you. For herein you will find all the greatest wonders and most marvellous curiosities ..."
I haven't read the original account of the travels of Marco Polo from Venice to the far side of the world. I have c ...more
What annoyed me, however, is that the story is not vastly different from Aztec. Man travels, has many weird and wonderful adventures, is witness to and indulges in some bizarre sex practices and later, reflecting upon his experiences, decides to self indulgently confess about his wanderings in a t ...more
There are a couple of interesting discrepancies ...more
If you like Jennings, this is classic. It's the story of Marco Polo. Full of interesting etymological "facts" and lots of sexual perversion. (Hey, you know it's true, lol)
Nothing beats a good piece of historical fiction! It's so escapist, yet, when written well, it's so very informative. One of the reasons I ...more
Definitely one of the best historical books I have ever written, can't recommend it highly enough...
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Legendary trader and explorer Marco Polo was nicknamed "Marco of the
millions" because his Venetian countrymen took the grandiose stories
of his travels to be exaggerated, if not outright lies. As he lay dying, his priest, family, and friends offered him a last chance to confess his mendacity, and Marco, it is said, replied, "I have not told the half of what I saw and did."
Now Gary Jennings has imagined the half left u ...more
The Venetian Marco Polo (1254-1324), is probably the most famous Westerner to travel the Silk Road. Marco, along with his father Niccilo and uncle Maffeo, traveled from Venice to the eastern Mediterranean (Levant) and all the way across Asia and back. He became a confidant and ...more
The writing is incredibly engaging and vivid. There's tons of body horror in this book (extreme torture, cannibalization) as well as sex... some gay, lesbian and transgender stuff, but it's mostly meant to be titillating from a straight male POV. It's also very racist and intensely, bizarrely, anti-Buddhist. Seriously, Marco Polo hates Buddhism as soon as he ...more
The book starts out with the statement of Marco Polo, that he is only able to record the very least portion of all the adventure ...more
Also, new historical evidence supports this telling of the travels of Marco Polo, so you get to learn a little something.
I am not shocked or offended by graphic sex or violence because that's the way of the world.
I don't need my films or books sugar coated to make them sweet for my "delicate feminine nature" because I don't have one.
The book cannot be better described than how others have here.
Judge for yourself, but if you have a weak constitution avoid the book in case you might faint.
Jennings could have toned down the sex a bit though. We didn't need to know about EVERY conquest by Marco. Lots of good detail into the time period and different cultures the Polos would have encountered at that time.
Although the part where the little boys gets eaten was a bit over the top.......