Travels of Marco Polo Hardcover – Apr 1 1982
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A timeless addition to any travel collection. — Library Journal --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
Marco Polo (1254–1324) was the son of a Venetian merchant and traveler. In 1271, Marco, with his father and uncle, began a journey that four years later led to their being accepted at the court of Kublai Khan. During these years, they traveled extensively in Persia and China, through regions almost totally unknown to the Western world. In service to the Khan, Marco explored Tibet and Burma and many of the remote provinces of China; it is possible that he went to the southern parts of India as well. Participating in a military conflict between Genoa and Venice, he was taken prisoner in 1298. While in captivity, he dictated the Travels of Marco Polo to a fellow prisoner.
Milton Rugoff was a longtime editor for several publishing houses. He is the author of a number of books, including A Harvest of World Folk Tales, Marco Polo’s Adventures in China, The Great Travelers, and The Beechers: An American Family in the Nineteenth Century, which was nominated for an American Book Award in 1982.
Howard Mittelmark is an editor, book critic, and coauthor of How Not to Write a Novel. He lives in New York City. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
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One of the most fascinating aspects of "The Travels" is not just some of the factual innaccuracies, but the apparent perceptions of Marco Polo, fully willing to believe he had found the final resting place of the first man, Adam, and the wizardry of other peoples, the ability to do magic, and a legend of giant "Rocs" near Madagascar, and how the Khan sent a small expedition to investigate the rumors of such.
If you want a book that makes you ask searching questions about humanity, cultural bias, and the importance of lore and myth in cultures, this book is invaluable.
Such is the nature of Marco Polo's post voyage travel log. It opens panaramas in time and space before the reader and allows one to see them with the eyes of a child awakening to adulthood. Curiousity becomes a way of life, and every thing learned is one more chance to survive on the road to the next adventure.
The weakness in this work is the shoddy quality of the historical plates of nonsense interpretations of what Marco Polo saw, as seen through the eyes of an Italian engraver who never traveled further than the next Italian town. High quality plates of well researched historical images of what Marco Polo saw would have been far more interesting. Baring that, no images would have improved it.
The Great Khan received the brothers honorably and welcomed them with such lavish hospitality after a year's journey. The curious Khan asked the brothers about their Emperors, about the government of their dominions, about the maintenance of justice, about the Pope and practices of the Roman Church, and about the Latin customs. He decided to send emissaries to the Pope, and asked the brothers to accompany on the mission with one of his barons. He entrusted them a letter written in the Turkish language for the Pope and asked him to send a hundred prominent men learned in the Christian religion to condemn idolaters' performances and shun devil. These well versed were to demonstrate for the idolaters their capability of doing diabolic arts but would not, because only evil spirits performed such enchantments.
As the brothers approached Egypt, they got wind of the Pope's death and so they would go to Venice and visit their families pending the election of a new Pope.Read more ›
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BEST ENGLISH VERSION EVER READ. IT KEEPS THE ORIGINAL FORMAT, WITHOUT, ALMOST. WESTERN PARAMETERS.
AN ENLARGED SET OF MAPS WILL MAKE THE TRAVELS EASY TO FOLLOW. Read more
Marco writes well enough of his travels and you feel that you are there. You can actually follow the trail if you have a map. Read morePublished on Nov. 9 2003 by bernie
I have read this book while traveling in China by train. It is a very interesting description of past times, and essential reading for those interested in historical geography. Read morePublished on Oct. 14 2003 by Giant Panda
The travels of the famous traveler, published as close to the original as possible presents a fantastic world. Read morePublished on Aug. 8 2003
Though after reading authors such as Edward Said I should know better, I greatly enjoyed Marco Polo's description of his travels. Read morePublished on May 5 2003 by m. tremble
Marco Polo's memoir of his life and travels in the medieval Asian empire of Kublai Khan is the ultimate adventure tale, a true one-of-a-kind. Read morePublished on May 28 2002 by Brian Busek
If your desire is purely technical, you can't do any better than this. However, if you plan to read this book strictly for enjoyment, then thumbtack your eyelids up. Read morePublished on May 29 2001 by nto62