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In Xanadu: A Quest (original 1989; edition 2000)

by William Dalrymple

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Title:In Xanadu: A Quest
Authors:William Dalrymple
Info:Lonely Planet Publications (2000), Paperback, 319 pages
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In Xanadu: A Quest by William Dalrymple (1989)

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    Tracking Marco Polo by Timothy Severin (nandadevi)
    nandadevi: Dalrymple got through to China in 1987 where Severin could not in 1961. Both wrote (and travelled) with the energy (and flaws) of youth. Both improved considerably as authors and travellers later in life.
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Overall I enjoyed this book, especially the context he brings to each stop on his journey from ancient texts that I will never get around to reading. The journey itself is quite an accomplishment in logistics and determination in the face of bureaucracy and in the case of Iran, potential imprisonment. There was a little too much focus on the discomforts and bureaucracy at times which felt repetitive after the 10th stop on the journey. Some of it is hilarious but I preferred his descriptions of the places and their histories. Especially with the war in Syria, the chapters on Aleppo and Armenia were wonderful to read and gain more context for the history of those places. ( )
  ltfitch1 | Jun 5, 2016 |
Probably one of his funniest works. Surprisingly his subsequent works do not follow in the same vein and are somewhat subdued. In any case, a highly recommended read, tracing the author's quest to follow in Marco Polo's footsteps from Jerusalem to Xanadu, the capital of Kublai Khan.
  danoomistmatiste | Jan 24, 2016 |
Probably one of his funniest works. Surprisingly his subsequent works do not follow in the same vein and are somewhat subdued. In any case, a highly recommended read, tracing the author's quest to follow in Marco Polo's footsteps from Jerusalem to Xanadu, the capital of Kublai Khan.
  kkhambadkone | Jan 17, 2016 |
Nice, nice read. A whole lotta things I'm not terribly conversant in regarding the Middle East and Near East, but still an excellent read. The recapitulation of the journey through Turkey was interesting and through China as well. I've got a copy of Marco Polo's Journeys sio that will hopefully get read this winter.... ( )
  untraveller | Oct 10, 2015 |
A very interesting travel book, describing a daring journey through Israel, Cyprus, Syria, Turkey, Iran, Pakistan, China and other countries I've doubtless forgotten. Dalrymple writes very well, it's a pleasure to journey with him. ( )
  cazfrancis | Jun 26, 2015 |
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One of the most successful, influential and acclaimed travel books of recent years. At the age of twenty-two, William Dalrymple left his college in Cambridge to travel to the ruins of Kublai Khan's stately pleasure dome in Xanadu. This is an account of a quest which took him and his companions across the width of Asia, along dusty, forgotten roads, through villages and cities full of unexpected hospitality and wildly improbable escapades, to Coleridge's Xanadu itself. At once funny and knowledgeable, In Xanadu is in the finest tradition of British travel writing. Told with an exhilarating blend of eloquence, wit, poetry and delight, it is already established as a classic of its kind.

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