By Gary Jennings
Marco Polo was once nicknamed "Marco of the thousands" simply because his Venetian countrymen took the grandiose tales of his travels to be exaggerated, if no longer outright lies. As he lay demise, his priest, kinfolk, and pals provided him a final likelihood to admit his lying, and Marco, it's stated, spoke back "I haven't informed the half what I observed and did."
Now, in his new novel The Journeyer, Gary Jennings has imagined the part that Marco left unsaid as much more complicated and adventurous than the tall stories regarded as lies. From the palazzi and again streets of medieval Venice to the splendid court docket of Kublai Khan, from the perfumed sexuality of the Levant to the risks and rigors of go back and forth alongside the Silk street, Marco meets all demeanour of individuals, survives all demeanour of risk, and, insatiably curious, turns into a nearly compulsive collector of customs, languages and women.
In greater than 20 years of commute, Marco was once variously a service provider, a warrior, a lover, a secret agent, even a tax collector - yet consistently a journeyer, unflagging in his urge for food for brand new studies, regretting merely what he ignored. the following - recreated and reimagined with all of the elegance, the affection of event, the zest for the infrequent and curious which are Jennings's hallmarks - is the epic account, immediately very good and pleasant, of the best real-life adventurer in human history.
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