|Journeyer, the (1984) [Novel]|
by Gary Jennings
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(From the publisher):
In his old age, Marco Polo was nicknamed 'Marco of the Millions' because his Venetian countrymen took the stories of his travels to be so many lies. As he lay dying, a priest offered him a last chance to confess his mendacity, and Marco, it is said, replied "I have not told half
of what I saw and did."
Now Gary Jennings has imagined the half that Marco Polo left unsaid. From the palazzi and back streets of medieval Venice to the sumptuous court of Kubilai Khan, from the perfumed sexuality of the Levant to the dangers and rigours of travel along the Silk Road, Marco meets all manner of people, survives all manner of danger, and, insatiably curious, becomes an almost compulsive collector of customs, languages, and women.
In more than two decades of travel, Marco was variously a merchant, a warrior, a lover, a spy, even a tax collector - but always a journeyer, unflagging in his appetite for new experiences, regretting only what he missed.
Original title: The Journeyer
Genre: Fiction→ Historical→ Asia
Fiction→ Adventure→ Wild Frontiers And Exotic Lands
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