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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,033 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Dalrymple Narrator: Michael Maloney Publisher: CSA Word Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2008 ISBN:
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Here is William Dalrymple's highly praised and greatly entertaining account of his 1986 trip made while a student at Cambridge, which retraced Marco Polo's route across land from Jerusalem to Xanadu. With him, he took a phial of Holy Oil, 600 pounds and Laura until Lahore, and Louisa from there to Xanadu. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deepti | 2/10/2014

    " A Dalrymple book does not disappoint. Especially not his first publication, at the age of 22. To someone who loves travel, writing and adventure, Dalrymple's life on the road seems like out of a fairy tale. For two college students to be able to set out on a journey from England to Jerusalem, follow the Silk Route all the way up to China, on a budget of merely 700 pounds, seems to me to be a mixture of fond hope and absolute madness. But it works. This is more than just the tale of some hippies who want to backpack around the subcontinent. William and his companion (first Laura, then Louisa) are serious students of history, whose travel Bibles are the Travels of Marco Polo and other (more obscure) works about travel in Asia rather than Lonely Planet guides. Though William has visited the subcontinent before, he learns valuable lessons in cross-border travel (namely, how to go undetected while crossing borders illegally), bribe-giving and favour-taking, and cultural norms. Nor does he disguise his complete lack of appreciation of certain places. He is honest about his crankiness at hindrances such as boring, lifeless towns, cross-border tactics and the people he has to trust with them, miles and miles of never ending desert, lack of colour, food and sleep. His relief when he leaves the Afghan landscape to enter into Pakistan is palpable, and he does not hold back words. He is glad of the noise, colour and relative freedom the subcontinent brings him, after days of dreariness and having to watch his back. All that, however, does not stop him from admiring the architectural wonders he finds in Jerusalem, Turkey, Syria, etc. Towards the end of his journey, the pages are turned faster, only because he is being hounded by the police for entering into forbidden areas of China illegally. The book, I thought, ends too soon, but the pace fits the events and the stress of rushing the last few days. This book displays the author's lack of maturity when it comes to describing certain things or dismissing certain others, a tendency he has refined in his later, more researched works. But what comes through in all of his works, as I see it, is an unapologetic honesty. Never mind what he says in irritability of dry, desert-like landscape. One of the most outstanding observations comes while he is in Jerusalem, and only he has the guts to make it: "The Holy City has had more atrocities committed in it, more consistently, than any other town in the world. Sacred to three religions, the city has witnessed the worst intolerance and self-righteousness of all of them." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ronna | 2/9/2014

    " Energetic erudite re-enactment of the travels of Marco Polo. An armchair adventure for anyone with an interest in history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Arnold | 2/8/2014

    " A wonderful trvael adventure to one of the most hypnotic places in the world "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meria | 2/8/2014

    " Funny and beautifully written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shwetha | 2/4/2014

    " Who would say this was his first book! Awesome :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shilpa | 1/25/2014

    " Makes me want to take the road!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Panpan Wang | 1/20/2014

    " It's maddening how good of a writer Dalrymple was at the age of 20. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth | 12/7/2013

    " A fascinating read full of historical information and anecdotes about the writer's travels. Very amusing and informative. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessie | 12/5/2013

    " One of my favorite books of all time. A well-paced storyline. A good mix of modern travel tales with the historical context behind each location. Incredibly well researched. A must-read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alextilley | 12/4/2013

    " The first book of William Dalrymple. I love anything by this guy. Youthful yet insightful and erudite in his travels across Asia. Also his more recent 'White Mughals' is an accessible gem for those with an interest in British-Indian History. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vipula | 5/6/2013

    " My first Dalrymple and I just loved it. Well written travelogue with the just right amount of humour, history and details "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Butrus | 3/29/2013

    " Retracing the footsteps of Marco Polo towards the end of the 20th century. Fascinating book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Courtney | 2/7/2013

    " Brilliant. One of my favorite books and recommended to dozens already. A great mix of history, humor, culture and adventure. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Di | 6/17/2012

    " This was the first book I read by Dalrymple. I looked for more by him afterwards. A traveler. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex Tilley | 5/2/2012

    " The first book of William Dalrymple. I love anything by this guy. Youthful yet insightful and erudite in his travels across Asia. Also his more recent 'White Mughals' is an accessible gem for those with an interest in British-Indian History. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aneesh | 4/25/2012

    " A great adventure... Although he gets many things wrong or thinks there is no history in many places. Thankfully he has corrected that folly in his later books. Worth a read if only as instructions on how to travel "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mickey Hoffman | 2/6/2012

    " Some of it's interesting but it describes what he saw in 1986 and so a lot of the things he experienced would be very different now. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nick Park | 10/15/2011

    " Classic Dalrymple! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dennis | 9/3/2011

    " One of the best books I have read recently. I love to read anything by William Dalrymple. He is a fantastic writer. He mixes historical facts, narratives from ancient writers, his own views, and misadventures all with Scottish wit, charm, and fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Benedictpsamuel | 8/18/2011

    " My fav dalrymple and I believe one of his earliest ones. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 6/19/2011

    " A humorous travelogue, peppered with amusing, if a bit un-PC, observations of local people and customs (the 'Geordie' Turks I'm sure would not get approval from an editor today..), and stories of historical significance along the way. An enjoyable holiday read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Srikumar | 5/9/2011

    " The hardships on the trip are no deterrent to imagining yourself following the trip with the author. Impressed that he was 21 when he started. And Inspired. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Doug | 4/9/2011

    " Some good bits but overall not "as advertised," at least to me. I suspect the review that put me onto this hyped the book more than was justified. An undergraduate's effort to be Paul Theroux best describes it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pablo | 4/7/2011

    " El libro empezó bien pero se fue deformando en un montón de generalizaciones nada que ver. Le abono el párrafo en el cuál se desmitifica la imagen de Marco Polo como un viajero romántico. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dennis | 7/13/2010

    " One of the best books I have read recently. I love to read anything by William Dalrymple. He is a fantastic writer. He mixes historical facts, narratives from ancient writers, his own views, and misadventures all with Scottish wit, charm, and fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hari | 6/19/2010

    " The first book from William Dalrymple, this book tells about the journey that the auther had taken in lines with Marco Polo centuries earlier. Very good read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex | 4/12/2010

    " The first book of William Dalrymple. I love anything by this guy. Youthful yet insightful and erudite in his travels across Asia. Also his more recent 'White Mughals' is an accessible gem for those with an interest in British-Indian History. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Courtney | 9/17/2008

    " Brilliant. One of my favorite books and recommended to dozens already. A great mix of history, humor, culture and adventure. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jackie | 7/23/2008

    " Impressive travel writing. He was only 23 when he wrote this! Historically rich and unique in perspective. "

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