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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 782 pages
  • Publisher: Buccaneer Books (December 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568496966
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568496962
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 9 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (161 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #344,488 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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<div>"Superb."--The New York Times on The Journeyer

"Astonishing and titillating."--The Chicago Tribune on The Journeyer

"Fabulous. . . .Sumptuous and exceedingly bawdy."--The Washington Post on The Journeyer

"He enlivens his picaresque story with wonderfully detailed descriptions of the landscape, climate, flora and fauna Polo encountered along the way. The real energy of Gary Jennings's narrative is devoted to those old standbys lust and bloodlust. His zeal for clinical description of sexual practices is matched only by his enthusiasm for the minutiae of Oriental torture. Pound for pound, The Journeyer is a classic."---Gene Lyons, Newsweek

"A novel of epic proportions."--Library Journal on The Journeyer

"As Gary Jennings did for pre-Hispanic Mexico in Aztec, he has enriched The Journeyer with an anthropologist's knowledge of diverse lands and cultures. . . . Jennings combines inexhaustible research with the yarn-spinner's art, drawing indelible portraits of Marco and his companions on the long journey. Stunning . . . You'll never want it to end. "--Los Angeles Times Book Review

"Perfect entertainment."--Philadelphia Inquirer on The Journeyer

"Employing both great sweep and meticulous detail, Gary Jennings has produced an impressively learned gem of the astounding and the titillating."--Chicago Tribune Book World on The Journeyer

"A first-rate narrative. . .spiced with bawdy tales and bizarre customs . . . Sensual delights. . . Jennings is a superb storyteller."--Houston Post on The Journeyer

"Wild adventure . . . endlessly intriguing . . . constantly surprising."--Atlantic Monthly on The Journeyer

"Relentlessly gripping." --Publishers Weekly on The Journeyer

"Remarkable . . .Extraordinary . ....</div>

About the Author

<DIV><DIV><DIV><DIV>Gary Jennings was known for the rigorous and intensive research behind his books, which often included hazardous travel exploring every corner of Mexico for his Aztec novels, retracing the numerous wanderings of Marco Polo for The Journeyers, joining nine different circuses for Spangle, and roaming the Balkans for Raptor. Born in Buena Vista, Virginia in 1928, Jennings passed away in 1999 in Pompton Lakes, New Jersey, leaving behind a rich legacy of historical fiction and outlines for new novels. </DIV></DIV></DIV></DIV>

More About the Author

GARY JENNINGS was known for the rigorous and intensive research behind his novels, which often included hazardous travels--exploring every corner of Mexico for his Aztec novels, retracing the numerous wanderings of Marco Polo for The Journeyer, joining nine different circuses for Spangle, and roaming the Balkans to do Raptor.

Customer Reviews

The book is over 1,000 pages long and every one of them is full of interest and excitement.
J. Chippindale
Aside from that though, as much as I enjoyed his excellent descriptions in his other works, there are just too many in this one.
Avih Dreeder
The period in which the story takes place is fascinating, and the harsh reality of the described situations is enthralling!
Dr. J

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

54 of 55 people found the following review helpful By JulieS on July 24, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I admit that I thought Aztec was a better book, but I'm still giving Journeyer 5 stars. Why? Well, it really is an interesting and captivating book that draws you in as you read it. Journeyer is the story of Marco Polo and his journeys to Asia, supposedly the other half that he did not actually tell the scribe who recorded his journeys in real life. I am not familiar with the history of that period, so I cannot vouch for the historical accuracy, but I will say that this book made me want to read up on the history. There is danger and adventure on every turn as Marco and his father and uncle make their way to China. The book is at turns violent, sexy, and dramatic, but also enlightening and fascinating. I found it very hard to put down, once I had picked it up, even moving quickly through some squeamish parts. Jennings really knows how to get the reader's attention and keep it.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Lilly Flora VINE VOICE on June 12, 2007
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Whoever came up with the title for this book was surely a genius, because it manages to convey multiple things about the novel in one word. First of all Marco Polo was a journeyer, perhaps the quintessential explorer of who that we are taught of in school with his amazing adventures along the silk road that spanned the length of Asia. Secondly, reading this book feels like you are going on a journey, not only the physical one that Marco Polo takes but one of the spirit, a journey of growth, not only in age and maturity but in philosophy. And last of all, this is a book about what it means to be a "journeyer" at heart, a man with a wandering spirit and soul who has a constant drive to explore.

I'm not going to go into details about the plot, mainly because the plot is the story of the journey and to tell it would be to write the book again. This is a long book, divided up by the place in which Marco Polo is at the time and told in the first person, but from a removed standpoint because he is writing it all down long after the events occurred. It is very, very well written, and I say that not liking first person narratives too much. In a sense it reminded me of "Shogun", if perhaps only in the description of landscapes. In other ways, well...

This book is extremely sexually explicit. In every way possible. Every persuasion and perversion is mentioned (some in great detail) and though our narrator himself is fairly decent a great deal of the sex stuff in this book is upsetting and disgusting because it describes sex with children and animals and the sexual norms of the many cultures we move through, many of which are (justly) felonies today. This is NOT a book for prudes or people who can't handle anything that's sexually upsetting or explicit.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 14, 1997
Format: Hardcover
It's been many years since I read The Journeyer, and it still is first in line when I recommend a book to a serious reader. I am not one for historical reading; "Marco Polo?" I said, rather haughtily," over my dead body!" However, out of respect for and curiosity over my friend's glowing description, I picked it up and COULDN'T PUT IT DOWN! I carried it everywhere with me, stayed up nights, read at stop lights in the car...wherever I could find a moment, I devoured the book. Jennings' descriptive prose let me feel the textures, smell the aromas, taste the delicacies, hear the crowd and the silence, and see all there was to see. I was there in all senses, immersed in the life and times of his multidimensional characters and interwoven story lines. A timeless classic!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By LostBoy76 on August 18, 2003
Format: Hardcover
"The Journeyer" is a magnificent, wonderful story that will hook you in the first few pages and hold on for all 800 or so! In a truly inspired idea, the author created a possible story for the many unrecorded years of the merchant Marco Polo on his travels in Asia in the late thirteenth century. There are so many colorful characters and exotic locations, interspersed with wonderfully informative tidbits, that the amount of research required must have been staggering. Mr. Jennings' grasp of the English language is superb, and he always seems to find the right words to describe a person, place, ect. Another aspect of this book that is refreshing is how nothing is held back. For every beautiful, vivid description that will have you smiling as you read, there will be another scene of such misery and brutality that it will leave you cringing. The most lovely aspects this world has to offer are given equal time with the world's most repellent aspects, including graphic violence, sexuality, and disease. This leads to some heavy shifts in tone, but it can't be called anything but true to life, especially for that time period. I don't want to describe any of the characters, places, or situations because doing so could only lessen the reader's pleasure (or discomfort) when they first come across them. I will only say that anyone at all that enjoys historical fiction, and doesn't mind the effort required in a book of this size, simply must read "The Journeyer". It is an incredible achievement in every way.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Sondra on February 12, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I just finished reading the Journeyer, and can not say enough good things about it. I read Aztec previous to this book and was quite impressed with the author's writing ability. Although I did not think it possible, this book surpassed even Aztec in it's vivid discriptions, interesting characters and awesome adventure.
The book artfully and imaginatively fills in the gaps of Marco Polo's journey across Asia, bringing to life each character as Gary Jennings does so brilliantly in Aztec as well.
I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in adventure, history, travel and great reading.
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