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The Travels of Marco Polo Reissue Edition
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In any review, the reader has to be compelled to have an interest in the subject. What is it about this 800 year old story that would interest the reader? I had always believed that this book was an adventure story about the first European explorer into the mid east and China. I do not know where this notion came from but on both counts, it is wrong. I picked it up and read it because I continually see references from other modern, authors.
What is compelling about the book is the writer's anthropological approach (however primitive) to viewing the societies that were racially and culturally different from the upper crust European society he was raised in. There is a generosity of spirit in this book that will be detailed more further down.
It should be noted that like, Benvenuto Cellini's Autobiography, this book features hyperbole if not out right fantasy throughout. There is more than one version of The Travels as well. This book is not written in the first person as it actually is an "As told to" account that apparently was "told to" more than one transcriber. There has been much debate over the years about its veracity but that is for someone else to write about. I chose to read this book as if it were fact and not to fret over the overall truth or its details. That being said lets get into the story.
Over a period of about 24 years, the young Marco Polo joined his merchant father and his uncle in pursuit of the expansion of their mercantile trade into new regions. This concept should be familiar to any reader who reads about venture capitalism and Red China today. The dynamics may differ but the logic is the same.Read more ›
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This book is wrongly titled. This book is not "The Travels of Marco Polo by Marco Polo & Rustichello of Pisa". Read morePublished 20 hours ago by Dan Meckenstock
There are many criticisms about this book - authorship, accuracy and even whether or not he actually went on some of the excursions described in the book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Petitgars
Avoid this version. It is a cheap OCR scan of a printed book, and is barely readable for the horrendous level of uncorrected OCR mistakes.
I mean, really bad. Read more