By Gary Jennings
Marco Polo used to be nicknamed "Marco of the thousands" simply because his Venetian countrymen took the grandiose tales of his travels to be exaggerated, if now not outright lies. As he lay loss of life, his priest, relations, and associates provided him a final likelihood to admit his lying, and Marco, it truly is acknowledged, responded "I haven't advised the 1/2 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 tricky 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 highway, Marco meets all demeanour of individuals, survives all demeanour of hazard, and, insatiably curious, turns into a virtually compulsive collector of customs, languages and women.
In greater than 20 years of trip, Marco was once variously a service provider, a warrior, a lover, a secret agent, even a tax collector - yet continuously a journeyer, unflagging in his urge for food for brand spanking new reviews, regretting basically what he neglected. the following - recreated and reimagined with all of the beauty, the affection of experience, the zest for the infrequent and curious which are Jennings's hallmarks - is the epic account, straight away really good and pleasant, of the best real-life adventurer in human history.
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