- Title: Travels in the Land of Kubilai Khan (Penguin Great Ideas)
- Author: Marco Polo
- ISBN: 9780141023861
- Page: 464
- Format: Paperback
Throughout history, some books have changed the world They have transformed the way we see ourselves and each other They have inspired debate, dissent, war and revolution They have enlightened, outraged, provoked and comforted They have enriched lives and destroyed them Now Penguin brings you the works of the great thinkers, pioneers, radicals and visionaries whosThroughout history, some books have changed the world They have transformed the way we see ourselves and each other They have inspired debate, dissent, war and revolution They have enlightened, outraged, provoked and comforted They have enriched lives and destroyed them Now Penguin brings you the works of the great thinkers, pioneers, radicals and visionaries whose ideas shook civilization and helped make us who we are A profound influence on medieval Europe s view of the wider world, this thirteenth century account of a Venetian merchant s amazing experiences in the court of the great Mongol leader, Kubilai Khan, remains one of the most fascinating tales of exploration ever written.
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A record of the ostentatious world of Kublai Khan. It's basically Marco saying "Kulbai is a G cos he's got bling, women, amazing cribs, power and by the way he is pretty deep too".I wouldn't ordinarily read something like this as the only non-fiction I tend to read are in the areas of Music, Science, Philosophy or are autobiographies but I'd enjoyed a few other books from the 'Penguin Great Ideas' series this is from and thought the cover of this book was beautiful and was watching the series 'M [...]
Marco Polo travels to China and arrives in the Mongol Empire whose ruler was Kublai Khan. Descriptions of luxury and customs make up the bulk of this book. While some of it is interesting, for the most part I found the book too descriptive.
Written in the 13th century, Marco Polo was the first westerner to arrive in China and gives an account of what he saw. Opulence and immense wealth and yet some curious facts. Money made of tree bark freely circulates, people who have a bad year farming get a break and the most bizarre: they encourage foreigners to have sex with their women before they get married ( no virgins) so they will be prepared for married life. Of course his account of how wealthy the Chinese were made the westerners wa [...]
some really interesting anecdotes on kubilai Khan a descendent of Ghengiz Khan. the book talks about the customs and the way of life at the time of these tartars. there is a section in this small book taht covers his warrior race which is facsinating. it got a little bit boring when it began to describe his wealth and the grandeur of his palaces but it was still remarkable if this is all true. he would have been immensely rich and extremely well organised at the same time. makes we want to read [...]
Informative! Polo has made me come to respect the Khan as a very proficient king, but some of the tidbits repulsed me too much to really regard him as the 'greatest man'. I was inspired to read this book by another called Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino that is like a fictional, fantastical version of this. I recommend it!
Of all Marco Polo's eyebrow-raising anecdotes, my favourite has to be the one concerning a vast territory inhabited by a breed of gyrfalcon. This territory, we are told, lies so far north that the Pole Star appears in the southern region of the sky. However, this celestial order of things would have been possible only if the earth were flat.
One intrepid adventurer may open a new door on a history. Macro Polo was one of them. He travelled Eurasia pervasively under the mightiest ruler the world has ever seen – Kublai Khan – inspiring Columbus among many.
It's very interesting to read something written by the people who experienced amazing things in the time of voyage and adventure! It also gives some idea of the scale of this empire and how it was run and perhaps a different perspective to how we might now view this empire. Enlightening.
Well I learned a new word - crupper, discovered that "Kublilai Khan" was an early adopter of paper money, and found that Marco Polo was an entertaining bullshitter. I may have to read more of these Penguin Great Ideas series (particularly as I have acquired about 40 of them:-)
Good - but abridged - be aware that it is not the complete "travels". I guess I'm a sucker I've got both Penguin abridged cheap paperbacks, both I enjoyed.
I knew it was a classic, but I had no idea it had several hilarious parts.
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