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The Resource Marco Polo : from Venice to Xanadu, Laurence Bergreen

Marco Polo : from Venice to Xanadu, Laurence Bergreen

Label
Marco Polo : from Venice to Xanadu
Title
Marco Polo
Title remainder
from Venice to Xanadu
Statement of responsibility
Laurence Bergreen
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Award
Booklist Editors' Choice, 2007.
Review
  • Even in his own day, the famed 13th-century travel writer Marco Polo was mocked as a purveyor of tall tales—gem-encrusted clothes, nude temple dancing girls, screaming tarantulas—in his narrative of his journey to the Chinese court of the Mongol emperor Kublai Khan. In this engrossing biography, Bergreen (James Agee: A Life ), while allowing that “mere facts... were never enough for Marco,” finds him a roughly accurate and perceptive witness (aside from the romantic embellishments and outright fabrications concocted with his collaborator Rustichello of Pisa) who painted an influential and unusually sympathetic portrait of the much-feared Mongols. Bergreen follows Polo's disjointed commentary on everything from Chinese tax policy to asbestos manufacturing, crocodile hunting and Asian sexual mores—Polo was especially taken with the practice of sharing one's wife with passing travelers—while deftly glossing it with scholarship. Less convincing is Bergreen's attempt to add depth to Polo's “lurid taste and over-heated imagination” by portraying him as both a prophet of globalization and a “pilgrim and explorer of the spirit.” Polo's spiritual trek didn't take him very far, since he ended his days back in Venice as a greedy, litigious merchant. Still, the result is a long, strange, illuminating trip. 16 pages of photos, 3 maps. (Oct. 25) --Staff (Reviewed July 30, 2007) (Publishers Weekly, vol 254, issue 30, p67)
  • In 1271, 17-year-old Marco Polo set off from Venice with his father and uncle on an expedition to the court of Kublai Khan, where Marco remained a trusted servant of the Mongol emperor for 17 years. When he returned to Venice, contemporaries didn’t believe him: they found his tales fantastic. Years later, languishing in a prison in Genoa, Marco had a writer named Rustichello write down his story. Thus was born his Travels of Marco Polo , the richest and best of medieval travel books and one of the great adventure stories of all time. Fellow Venetians found it difficult to accept Marco’s boasts, but most of what he related was true. Once or twice in this biography, Bergreen (Over the Edge of the World: Magellan’s Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe ) hypothesizes beyond the evidence, e.g., that Marco “employed drugs,” which imparted “unnatural vividness” to his narrative, but in general Bergreen is scrupulous in his use of sources; the story he tells is fascinating, even if there is no new analysis. Recommended for general collections.—David Keymer, Modesto, CA --David Keymer (Reviewed September 15, 2007) (Library Journal, vol 132, issue 15, p67)
Biography type
individual biography
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
212148
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Bergreen, Laurence
Dewey number
  • 910.4
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
G370.P9
LC item number
B37 2007
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Polo, Marco
  • Explorers
  • Voyages and travels
  • Travel, Medieval
  • Asia
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
from Venice to Xanadu
Label
Marco Polo : from Venice to Xanadu, Laurence Bergreen
Link
http://www.loc.gov/catdir/toc/ecip0719/2007021860.html
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [383]-391) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Europa -- The merchants of Venice -- The golden passport -- The apprentice -- The opium eater -- High plains drifters -- The secret history of the Mongols -- Asia -- The universal emperor -- In the service of the Khan -- The struggle for survival -- The general and the queen -- The city of heaven -- The divine wind -- India -- The seeker -- The Mongol princess -- The prodigal son -- The storyteller
Control code
651654
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
415 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781400043453
Isbn Type
(hc.)
Lccn
2007021860
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (chiefly color), maps
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781400043453
  • (OCoLC)137244730
Label
Marco Polo : from Venice to Xanadu, Laurence Bergreen
Link
http://www.loc.gov/catdir/toc/ecip0719/2007021860.html
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [383]-391) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Europa -- The merchants of Venice -- The golden passport -- The apprentice -- The opium eater -- High plains drifters -- The secret history of the Mongols -- Asia -- The universal emperor -- In the service of the Khan -- The struggle for survival -- The general and the queen -- The city of heaven -- The divine wind -- India -- The seeker -- The Mongol princess -- The prodigal son -- The storyteller
Control code
651654
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
415 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781400043453
Isbn Type
(hc.)
Lccn
2007021860
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (chiefly color), maps
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781400043453
  • (OCoLC)137244730

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