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The Journeyer Hardcover – December 1, 1997
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"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
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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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I thought this book was most informative and well researched. I enjoyed the story. It has a nice narrative and an easy book to follow. Read morePublished 29 days ago by MixC
I love this book, the adventure, the descriptive writing, everything that goes on in it. There is never a dull moment, he lived an extraordinary life, no matter how embellished it... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I didn't think that Gary Jennings could top himself after the masterpiece that was "Aztec," but I was wrong. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Rick Putnam
Wonerfull adventure. Insightful character development. Only negative, Jennings spends much to much time with grafic sexual exapades.Published 3 months ago by Bev