- Paperback: 800 pages
- Publisher: Forge Books; 2 edition (March 2, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0765323494
- ISBN-13: 978-0765323491
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.4 x 0.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (229 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,545 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Journeyer Paperback – March 2, 2010
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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> --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
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.
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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. In fact I would have to rate it (movie style) "X"-and there is a great deal about sex in the book. Some of it is normal, run of the mill novel sex though.
What isn't about sex is very interesting. Though I have no idea about the actual accuracy of the novel when it comes to Marco Polo's journey there is a ton to be learned from this book in historical and cultural tidbits. And as I said, it's a very well written book. But it's also very long and has some boring stretches (like between pages 400-700 but after that it really picks up) as well as those of great excitement.
What really struck me about this book is how complete it is. This book has more of a sense of being completely written, perfectly filled out, than anything I've ever read. The beginning really starts off the story, the middle is the adventures and the ending wraps things up so perfectly-with so much poignancy about the true journey and what it means to be a journeyer-that I was slightly stunned. It's obvious that Gary Jennings is talented not only in the creative sense, but in the technical aspects of writing as well.
4 stars. I really enjoyed this book and found it to be very well written both in technical aspects and in creativity. But there were those boring spots (which were quite boring) and all of that sex, which while I understand was used to describe the culture and times of the book in a complete way, was still too explicit in some cases.