Xanadu

Xanadu

John Man / Aug 26, 2019

Xanadu A SOURCE FOR MARCO POLO A NETFLIX ORIGINAL SERIES Marco Polo s journey from Venice through Europe and most of Asia to the court of Kublai Khan in China is one of the most audacious in history His

  • Title: Xanadu
  • Author: John Man
  • ISBN: 9780553820027
  • Page: 500
  • Format: Paperback
  • A SOURCE FOR MARCO POLO , A NETFLIX ORIGINAL SERIES Marco Polo s journey from Venice, through Europe and most of Asia, to the court of Kublai Khan in China is one of the most audacious in history His account of his experiences, known simply as The Travels, uncovered an entirely new world of emperors and concubines, great buildings stately pleasure domes in Colerid A SOURCE FOR MARCO POLO, A NETFLIX ORIGINAL SERIES Marco Polo s journey from Venice, through Europe and most of Asia, to the court of Kublai Khan in China is one of the most audacious in history His account of his experiences, known simply as The Travels, uncovered an entirely new world of emperors and concubines, great buildings stately pleasure domes in Coleridge s dreaming huge armies and imperial riches His book shaped the West s understanding of China for hundreds of years.John Man travelled in Marco s footsteps to Xanadu, in search of the truth behind Marco s stories to separate legend from fact Drawing on his own journey, archaeology and archival study, John Man paints a vivid picture of the man behind the myth and the true story of the great court of Kublai Khan.

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        John Anthony Garnet Man is a British historian and travel writer His special interests are China, Mongolia and the history of written communication He takes particular pleasure in combining historical narrative with personal experience.He studied German and French at Keble College, Oxford, before doing two postgraduate courses, a diploma in the History and Philosophy of Science at Oxford and Mongolian at the School of Oriental and African Studies, completing the latter in 1968 After working in journalism with Reuters and in publishing with Time Life Books, he turned to writing, with occasional forays into film, TV and radio.In the 1990s, he began a trilogy on the three major revolutions in writing writing itself, the alphabet and printing with movable type This has so far resulted in two books, Alpha Beta and The Gutenberg Revolution, both republished in 2009 The third, on the origin of writing, is on hold, because it depends on access to Iraq.He returned to the subject of Mongolia with Gobi Tracking the Desert, the first book on the region since the 1920s Work in Mongolia led to Genghis Khan Life, Death and Resurrection, which has so far appeared in 18 languages Attila the Hun and Kublai Khan The Mongol King Who Remade China completed a trilogy on Asian leaders A revised edition of his book on Genghis Khan, with the results of an expedition up the mountain on which he is supposed to be buried, was upcoming in autumn 2010 The Terracotta Army coincided with the British Museum exhibition September 2007 April 2008 This was followed by The Great Wall The Leadership Secrets of Genghis Khan combines history and leadership theory Xanadu Marco Polo and the Discovery of the East was published in autumn 2009, and Samurai The Last Warrior, the story of Saig Takamori s doomed 1877 rebellion against the Japanese emperor, was published in February 2011.In 2007 John Man was awarded Mongolia s Friendship Medal for his contributions to UK Mongolian relations.


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    1. (Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter]. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.)This book declares right in its subtitle that it's about the journey Marco Polo took from Italy to China back in the Medieval Age, becoming essentially the very first white person in history to give a written account to Europeans of the Far East, but that turns out to be not quite true; only half of this relat [...]


    2. I abandoned this because the ocus of the book wasn't clear. It was mostly about Marco Polo and then there was what seemed to me a random mention of another European who happened to have discovered something near the area which the author was describing. There was also a lot of speculation. The author would give a detailed description of a landscape which Marco Polo would have seen. Then he would confess that actually, Marco Polo never wrote about that part of the country, but John Man thought he [...]


    3. The edition I read is titled Xanadu - Marco Polo and Europe's Discovery of the East. I guess I had expected it to be a bit more about Xanadu, but we were largely done on that topic by chapter 6. It is heavily about Kublai Khan, and his interactions with Marco Polo, which is fine, but leaves me now wondering what else John Man's Kublai Khan book has to offer.This is probably the least focussed of Man's books I have read. It suggests to me there probably wasn't enough subject matter to keep it foc [...]


    4. This book was not at all what I was expecting. Titled Xanadu I expected that the book would have a lot more to do with "Xanadu" than the fleeting references that it actually gets, rather the book is a third person tale of Marco Polo's life and adventures, which while a fascinating tale and quite entertaining, though more educational, was not what I expected.


    5. A word of caution: never believe book cover blurbs. I hate panning any book but this one desperately needs it. The front cover says "I heave read everything written on Marco Polo, and Jahn Man's book is, by far,my favorite work on the subject. It's not only an overdue and important historical study, it's an entertaining ride every step of the way." I should have suspected this blurb because it was from the creator of Netflix's series of the same name. On the back cover the following: "An erudite [...]


    6. This book is just chocked full of interesting tidbits of information. It leaves me with THE big question: How is it Europeans forgot about the Orient after Rome's fall? I can grasp the notion of sand covering a bygone civilization's remains thus wiping out memory of them, but accessible functioning nations just forgetting each other? This is a pacifist's dream come true!Anyway the distance between Venice and ancient Cathay is roughly 13,000 miles of bad road one way, but the Polos and John Man m [...]


    7. John Man takes a journey through China and Mongolia trying to travel Marco Polos route to Zanadu the summer palace of the Great Kublai Khan. His descriptions of the terrain and obstacles along the way are fasinating. However, he gives few insights into Marco or tha older Polo brothers. In fact he seems to delight in debunking Marcos own stories of his visit. He says many of the towns Marco described, he couldn't have seen and much of his story was exaggeration. After so many years, I'm sure plac [...]


    8. What we have here is a historical account of Marco Polo’s adventures in the form of modern-day travel writing by an expert Mongolian historian. To keep things interesting, Man retraces the footsteps of Polo to seek truth in his highly embellished accounts of history, travels, and note-taking. Man quickly informs us on the sprawling ambiguity in the Great Khan’s historic period, there is a lot of lost history to unravel and reclaim, let alone differences of opinion to resolve. Man likes to po [...]


    9. This book was tough to get through. I was interested in the history and historical context of The Travels of Marco Polo. However, I found the book disjointed. It starts off as if the author is trying to follow Marco Polo’s steps in the modern world and then that part of the narrative disappears leaving a convoluted text weighing the validity of The Travels of Marco Polo (or parts of different versions of the book).


    10. I was expecting more about Xanadu itself rather than the travels of Marco Polo and his relationship with Kublai Khan. This time I found that the author jumps around too much to really be a consistent history. Perhaps if the book had not included the name of Xanadu I would have found it much more engaging.


    11. Mehhh. The parts about Marco and the Women and the Fall of the Mongol Empire were fantastic. Otherwise, not so much. Maybe I've read too much about Polo lately. Too much distracting, nattering travel writing.


    12. Mainly I chose this book because its title begins with the letter 'x'. I'll start with that up front, lest you think I was actually interested in this subject before reading the book. But no. I'd never heard of Xanadu and didn't know it had anything at all to do with Marco Polo, whose story I somehow missed in childhood though this book claims multiple times "every child knows Marco Polo went to China". I knew the name, of course, but mostly through the childhood pool game. I figured the name co [...]


    13. This is a book that investigates the book by marco polo who journeyed to china with his brother and uncle in the 13th century to seek new trade routes to venice. Polo's book was confusing and filled with exaggerations and this book delves into the history of this time and proof that polo really did the events he states in his book. The book concludes that most of polo's book was true, but written rushed by a ghost writer. polo served in the court of kublai khan who at the time was the most power [...]


    14. Using a variety of major works concerning Marco Polo's life and travels, John Man pieces together the land travels of Polo from Venice to China and back. The book is a mixture of written travelogue, history, geography, and biography, none of which are well achieved by Mr. Man. The writing meanders (like stream of consciousness writing), especially the first one hundred or so pages, and the first chapter does not set up the context of the book (i.e what, exactly, is the author's purpose?). The bo [...]


    15. DNF'ingThis was another completely random library picking. I've never read anything about Polo and his travels, so I thought this would be a good introduction to it. But the narrative is just too haphazard for me, and the style certainly isn't captivating. The author apparently retraced Polo's journey through Asia, but he doesn't seem to introduce that traveling until later. Which brings me to the fact that he continually intersperses his opinions throughout the narrative, which is something tha [...]


    16. Was there ever a more enticing yet more perplexing travel book than Marco Polo's account of his journey from Italy to China in the 13th Century? In attempting to disentangle its insights from its inventions, John Man does a valuable, readable job. I can warm to a historian who cheerfully admits that on being shown round a derelict site he is getting bored.By the end I am not sure the reader is much wiser about the unreliable Marco but he will have gleaned a picture of sorts of Kublai Kahn's vast [...]


    17. I'm a bit sad that I'm done and have committed to reading several more of Man's books. His research is so wonderfully detailed. I love how he blends his research with explanations, connections, personal commentary. I'm also surprised now that I've finished it that it took me so long to get into it. I wasn't focused enough when I started, and shelved the book for several months, only picking it back up around the holidays, and then whipped through it. So much information. It brings me back to col [...]


    18. Living in Beijing and absolutely loving this period in Chinese history, I really wanted to love this book.The topic was extremely interesting, but the book jumped around far too much. Never settling on a single topic for more than a few pages before flying around to different topics; crossing different centuries and sources within the same page. I wanted to give up on this book after every few pagesOne of those books that you can't wait to start, and then really can't wait to finish.That being s [...]


    19. John Man is an acknowledged expert of this subject area and an acclaimed author so this was always going to be a great read. Essentially, it covers the well and lesser known aspects of Marco Polo's travels. In addition to being the world's most famous Venetian Polo was one of the earliest, and is still one of the best known, intercontinental travellers to have their experiences recorded. What I consider the most interesting facet of this book is that it also covers the story of his story. A trif [...]


    20. Reads like a travelogue for the most part as the author juxtaposes what he sees on the marco polo trails with what Marco Polo might have seen on his travels. It gets iffy towards the second half of the book, with the author providing many conjectures of what Marco Polo might have seen/ been/ done, i.e guessing at possible way stations which the Khan took on his annual route to and fro Beijing and Xanadu, whether Marco had a 'wife'/ concubine, his reasons for returning to Venice, and attempting t [...]


    21. FINALLY! Took me months to finish it. Perhaps because when it comes to history, I prefer visiting sites over reading books.Quite an easy read as the author made the points as simple and straight forward as possible. Plenty of interesting points (not comfortable to call them facts) on the exploration and definitely one of the better written book of its genre.Yet, I still felt the urge to sleep after every chapter thus the long period to finish it.


    22. Could easily be titled, "In the Footsteps of Marco Polo." An engaging overview of his travels. The author traveled the same routes, visited the same locations and vividly describes both the ancient and contemporary. Interesting background material on different translations and editions of "Travels" What Polo actually was eyewitness to and what was added second hand or embellished. For me, much new information. Read on Kindle and the map was useless.


    23. My brother gave me this book because he knows I have a great love of all things geographical (maps!!!) This was fascinating, challenging everything we thought we knew about Marco Polo and his journey. The scholarship seemed excellent, and I very much enjoyed this book. Now I can go and watch the Netflix series.


    24. Another very wonderful book by one of my favourite authors. I always throughly enjoy reading books by John Man. It is always wonderful to read about the places he travels to while presenting his book. Of course it helps when he is covering one of my favourite subjects the Mongols. This book is highly recommended for those interested in Marco Polo, Chinese history or the Mongols.


    25. Definitely not your normal historical narrative. The book reads more like a series of lectures from a professor who weaves in his own experiences with some history of Polo and the events surrounding his journeysd the professor is lacking on real content and is trying hard to fill in the time. It is a good read if you want to learn some history and disjointed historiography.


    26. An interesting, if meandering work. Part travelogue, part Mongol history lesson (the author's true forte), part research into the true path of Marco Polo through China. If you can stand the author jumping around between his experiences in present-day Xanadu, his search for Polo's route and the history of the Mongol empire, there are certainly a lot of interesting bits and peices one can pick up.


    27. I read this because I loved the Netflix show based on the book. The author has an easy style of writing that is engaging to read, which was helpful because I was a little dazed by the sheer volume of details that he gives about how buildings were built, the size of the armies, and how battles went, and so on. Overall, a pleasant read about a fascinating time in Asia's history.


    28. Marco and his brothers kept terrible records of their journey and the author is left to speculate on a lot of things. Can't blame the author for trying to stitch together vague historical records and possible locations. I skimmed a lot through this one.


    29. An enjoyable read which I kept on the nightstand. If all you know about Marco Polo is the swimming pool game, this will change things. I especially enjoyed the round-up of translations and editions at the end, and the links drawn between MP's travels and Columbus!


    30. A book such as this one is a must read before reading Marco Polo's book. So many of the things he writes seem literally incredible, and then it turns out they're true, or the opposite. A three because he makes promises in the book he does not fullfil . Great read overall Recommend it


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