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The Travels
     

The Travels

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by Marco Polo, Ronald Latham (Translator)
 

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Marco Polo was the most famous traveller of his time. His voyages began in 1271 with a visit to China, after which he served the Kubilai Khan on numerous diplomatic missions. On his return to the West he was made a prisoner of war and met Rustichello of Pisa, with whom he collaborated on this book. The accounts of his travels provide a fascinating glimpse of the

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Marco Polo was the most famous traveller of his time. His voyages began in 1271 with a visit to China, after which he served the Kubilai Khan on numerous diplomatic missions. On his return to the West he was made a prisoner of war and met Rustichello of Pisa, with whom he collaborated on this book. The accounts of his travels provide a fascinating glimpse of the different societies he encountered: their religions, customs, ceremonies and way of life; on the spices and silks of the East; on precious gems, exotic vegetation and wild beasts. He tells the story of the holy shoemaker, the wicked caliph and the three kings, among a great many others, evoking a remote and long-vanished world with colour and immediacy.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140440577
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/28/1958
Series:
Penguin Classics Series
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
191,960
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.78(h) x 0.87(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Marco Polo travelled to China in 1271 and spent the next twenty years in the service of Kublai Khan. He wrote his famous Travels after returning home, whilst a prisoner in Genoa.

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The Travels 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While the Konemann edition of Marco Polo's Travels may lack maps, a table of contents, footnotes, or even an index, it does have its good points. First and foremost it is a beautiful little pocket size volume, a durable hardcover with great binding and high quality paper. Yes, if you're writing your Phd thesis on Polo you might want to skip this version, but the general adventure enthusiast could do much worse. As we all know, many Penguin and Oxford editions can be so very tedious what with their twenty footnotes a page and bulky translator's introduction that skews your thinking about the work before you've even read it. With the Konemann edition you can read Polo's adventure for yourself and draw your own unhampererd conclusions. The book itself reads like a day by day journal of interesting things the Venetian saw while in the East. Indeed, he dictated The Travels to a fellow inmate in a Genoan prison from notebooks he'd keep while in China. There are many little tales sprinkled throughout the narrative that will keep you turning the pages in hopes of finding more: tribes of savages that either offer him their virgin daughters to deflower or else threaten to devour him, descriptions of mysterious beasts such as the monoceros who attacks with a spiked tongue, and anecdotes about the fabled Christian king who lived in the east named Prester John. In addition, the Konemann version includes the introduction to the 1854 edition by Thomas Wright, which is found at the end of the book. This is a nice touch as reading it first would tend to make one doubt Polo before he even opened his mouth. Wright discusses the ongoing scholarly debate concerning whether or not Marco even traveled anywhere at all. Some experts believe he just compiled fantastic stories from inbound merchants. Some scholars also contend that Herodotus and Pytheas of Massalia did the same thing. Surely there will always be doubters whenever something epic is done (such as an amazing journey like this), but what these scholars seem to fail to realize is that just because an account may appear to have some stretchings of the truth, that that does not and cannot negate the work as a whole. Claiming that Polo never traveled anywhere smells too much like a frantic grad student desperately searching for a dissertation topic. Give Mister Polo a chance to tell you what he saw you just might be amazed. I for one do not lump him in with the likes of Baron Munchausen.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
A superficial account of what must have been some excellent adventures. Unfortunately, we'll never know just how fascinatng the many places Polo visited were because this record of his travels is so one-dimensional. The story-teller continually gives canned descriptions of each city and region visited. I'm sure it's a must read for scholars but I struggled to finish it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is about Marco Polo's journey around the world. His journey started a 1271 to a visit to china. When he traveled west he became a prisoner of the war. He met Rustichello of Pisa.