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In Xanadu por William Dalrymple
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In Xanadu (original 1989; edición 1999)

por William Dalrymple (Autor)

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While waiting for the results of his college exams, William Dalrymple decides to fill in his summer break with a trip. But the vacation he plans is no light-hearted student jaunt - he decides to retrace the epic journey of Marco Polo from Jerusalem to Xanadu, the ruined palace of Kubla Kahn, north of Peking. For the first half of the trip he is accompanied by Laura, whom he met at a dinner party two weeks before he left; for the second half he is accompanied by Louisa, his very recently ex-girlfriend. Intelligent and funny, "In Xanadu" is travel writing at its best.… (más)
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Título:In Xanadu
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Info:Flamingo (1999), Edition: F First Paperback Edition Used, 320 pages
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Tras los pasos de Marco Polo por William Dalrymple (1989)

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    Tracking Marco Polo por Timothy Severin (nandadevi)
    nandadevi: Dalrymple got through to China in 1987 where Severin could not in 1961. Both wrote (and travelled) with the energy (and flaws) of youth. Both improved considerably as authors and travellers later in life.
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I must have been in the same room as the author on occasion when we were Cambridge students in intersecting circles, but don't recall ever meeting him. Since then I've read three of his other books (two hits and a miss) so it was interesting to return to my first encounter with him twenty-five years ago.

We've both grown up a bit since then. Like all travel writers, the 22-year-old Dalrymple was trying to be Patrick Leigh Fermor (who chose this as his book of the year) - it was a brilliant adventure to recreate Marco Polo's journey from Jerusalem to Kubla Khan's Xanadu, with two different girls for each half of the route (the memorable Laura went on to become a top business executive). I think the mature writer must surely groan now at some of his own arrogance and naivety combined, but it's right to let the original record sit.

The first half of the journey was much more fun than the second, and included places that were much safer thirty years ago than they are now - Syria (to put it mildly), south-eastern Turkey, western Pakistan. On the other hand, I would not be surprised to learn that China is now much easier for the casual foreign traveller than it was in the mid-1980s.

Anyway, I enjoyed my return visit to this book, and it certainly stirs one's own eagerness to travel. ( )
1 vota nwhyte | Sep 4, 2017 |
Overall I enjoyed this book, especially the context he brings to each stop on his journey from ancient texts that I will never get around to reading. The journey itself is quite an accomplishment in logistics and determination in the face of bureaucracy and in the case of Iran, potential imprisonment. There was a little too much focus on the discomforts and bureaucracy at times which felt repetitive after the 10th stop on the journey. Some of it is hilarious but I preferred his descriptions of the places and their histories. Especially with the war in Syria, the chapters on Aleppo and Armenia were wonderful to read and gain more context for the history of those places. ( )
  ltfitch1 | Jun 5, 2016 |
Probably one of his funniest works. Surprisingly his subsequent works do not follow in the same vein and are somewhat subdued. In any case, a highly recommended read, tracing the author's quest to follow in Marco Polo's footsteps from Jerusalem to Xanadu, the capital of Kublai Khan.
  danoomistmatiste | Jan 24, 2016 |
Probably one of his funniest works. Surprisingly his subsequent works do not follow in the same vein and are somewhat subdued. In any case, a highly recommended read, tracing the author's quest to follow in Marco Polo's footsteps from Jerusalem to Xanadu, the capital of Kublai Khan.
  kkhambadkone | Jan 17, 2016 |
Nice, nice read. A whole lotta things I'm not terribly conversant in regarding the Middle East and Near East, but still an excellent read. The recapitulation of the journey through Turkey was interesting and through China as well. I've got a copy of Marco Polo's Journeys sio that will hopefully get read this winter.... ( )
  untraveller | Oct 10, 2015 |
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While waiting for the results of his college exams, William Dalrymple decides to fill in his summer break with a trip. But the vacation he plans is no light-hearted student jaunt - he decides to retrace the epic journey of Marco Polo from Jerusalem to Xanadu, the ruined palace of Kubla Kahn, north of Peking. For the first half of the trip he is accompanied by Laura, whom he met at a dinner party two weeks before he left; for the second half he is accompanied by Louisa, his very recently ex-girlfriend. Intelligent and funny, "In Xanadu" is travel writing at its best.

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