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Marco Polo: From Venice to Xanadu

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Awesome book!!!

I've read Mr. Bergreen's book on Magellan and as soon as I saw that he wrote a book on Marco Polo I picked it right up. He has such a great way of writing without sounding too wordy, it's easy to understand and follow. He's by far one of my favorite authors.

posted by 1774923 on August 18, 2009

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A Good Primer for Polo

The difficulty in writing a biography about Marco Polo is the fact that the only thing we know about him comes from his autobiography, Il Milione. Polo's biographers run the risk of writing a glorified book report if grafting too much of Polo's original work. In Mar...
The difficulty in writing a biography about Marco Polo is the fact that the only thing we know about him comes from his autobiography, Il Milione. Polo's biographers run the risk of writing a glorified book report if grafting too much of Polo's original work. In Marco Polo: From Venice to Xanadu, author Laurence Bergreen tries to avoid this trap by introducing historical and geographical context. Bergreen's presentation shifts like the desert sands in central Asia, a tactic that keeps the reader interested throughout this quick read book. Having never read any account of Polo's life, I enjoyed the book. But I honestly found Bergreen's information in the closing chapters and Epilogue more interesting. Bergreen's explanation on the lack of a definitive version of Il Milione, a name given by critics of Polo's 'million' lies, was insightful as was his treatment of Polo's life after Asia.

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