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The Journeyer Hardcover – December 1, 1997
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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>
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I'm heading to Venice & Greece & Crete in a couple of weeks so so glad a kindle version is available to follow the Wanderer once again - without having to lug around a 1000 plus page book!
As for the book itself, I absolutely love everything Gary Jennings writes. The chance to learn some of the unedited and raw occurences from history in an entertaining novel is an opportunity of a lifetime. Jennings's novels are full of historical facts, many of which are being lost as they are buried in archives or forgotten or not written anywhere except in memories. I value the reseach Jennings accomplished in his life and the manner in which he shared it.
Jennings's books are not for the novice or soft at heart. He does not sugar coat the cruelties that have taken place in the world. Many of the places he describes and people of whom he tells are from vast places where the barbarianism of history has sometimes been at its most unforgettable for its atrocities. I will never forget some of the things people have done to each other as described in Jennings's books. It makes me value the peace we have in the earth in which we now live.
Gary's protagonistis always bring you in to love them. You experience their lives as they live them, traveling through an ancient world, experiencing new worlds as each step is taken. These journeys take you away to a different world as each new people is encountered. I love what I learned and the insights Jennings shared.
Again, I cannot stress this novel and all Jennings novels are not for the weak at heart. They contain torture, sex, brutal realties of which has taken place in the past. You will not forget some of the things you read. You will love the characters and the travel, the adventure and the many many things of which you would have never guessed happened in the old world. The things people had to do to survive. The way food, clothing, the needs of life truly were for the people during the times of Marco Polo and Kubli Khan in The Journeyer. Truly fascinating!
Now Gary Jennings has imagined the half that Marco left unsaid as even more elaborate and adventurous than the tall tales thought to be lies. From the palazzi and back streets of medieval Venice to the sumptuous court of Kublai Khan, from the perfumed sexuality of the Levant to the dangers and rigors of travel along the Silk Road, Marco meets all manner of people, survives all manner of danger, and, insatiably curious, becomes an almost compulsive collector of customs, languages and women.
In more than two decades of travel, Marco was variously a merchant, a warrior, a lover, a spy, even a tax collector - but always a journeyer, unflagging in his appetite for new experiences, regretting only what he missed. Here - recreated and reimagined with all the splendor, the love of adventure, the zest for the rare and curious that are Jennings's hallmarks - is the epic account, at once magnificent and delightful, of the greatest real-life adventurer in human history.