Did Marco Polo Go To China?

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ISBN-13: 978-0813389998
ISBN-10: 0813389992
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Wood (A Companion to China, LJ 4/1/90), the head of the Chinese department at the British Library, presents a revisionist view of Marco Polo, arguing that he may not have made the fabulous journey described in his book, A Description of the World. Not really an itinerary, according to Wood, Polo's book is a general geography of Asia containing information that could have been gleaned from the works of other travelers, including Polo's father and uncle, who had visited the Mongol capital Karakorum. Polo's work was dictated to a ghost writer named Rusticello, who, Wood suspects, padded Polo's original tale with any information about Asia that he and Polo could locate. Wood is not dogmatic in her examination and in fact presents all sides of the scholarship fairly. Still, her argument falls apart, since she doesn't say where Polo was if not in China (he could have been a minor civil servant and thus not mentioned in the records of the day). Given the importance of Polo's book to European expansion, it almost seems irrelevant to ask if he actually reached China. Recommended for academic and larger public libraries.?Robert J. Andrews, Duluth P.L., Minn.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Frances Wood is head of the Chinese Department at the British Library and author of A Companion to China and The Blue Guide to China, among many other scholarly works.

Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Routledge (January 9, 1998)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 207 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0813389992
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0813389998
  • Lexile measure ‏ : ‎ 1710L
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 9.6 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.5 x 0.47 x 8.5 inches
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well written and very convincing
By pachreik on May 30, 2021
Great book, really interesting hypothesis. I came into is as a skeptic and I finished it convinced that France Wood is right. If you enjoy non-fiction history writing you will enjoy this book.
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Jillian Sweeting
5.0 out of 5 stars funny, a thoroughly good
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 16, 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars marco polo
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 17, 2011
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5.0 out of 5 stars marco polo
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 17, 2011
This interesting book discusses the question of whether Marco Polo ever got to China or if his book"Description of the World"dictated to Rusticello of Piza, while he was in prison in 1298,
came from Arabic,Persian and stories heard from his father and uncle who had made it to Karacorum
The author gives quite convincing evidence that Marco Polo never got past Persia but she can not be absolutely certain this wsa the case.
It would be a pity if the Marco Polo story is killed of as it is so entrenched in our minds.
A first class read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The crashing of an idol
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 10, 2013
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fantástico
Reviewed in Spain on December 29, 2019
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5.0 out of 5 stars Non si può non leggere
Reviewed in Italy on December 28, 2015
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