In Xanadu

In Xanadu

A Quest

Book - 2000
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Publisher: Melbourne ; Oakland, CA : Lonely Planet, 2000
ISBN: 9781864501735
Branch Call Number: 915.0442 DALRY
Characteristics: 319 pages : maps ; 21 cm


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Jan 09, 2015

As the author admits in his "Acknowledgements", this book is too long. The lengthy digressions to the travelogues of Marco Polo and others can be tedious and distracting -- so I tended to "fast forward" to the resumption of Dalrymple's account. The author has an obvious knowledge of architecture but his in-detail descriptions can be daunting. To accomplish his trip between university terms the author zips across Pakistan in 3 days, is frog-marched out of China in 6 days, and lingers in 'Xanadu' for about 15 minutes.

JeremiahSutherland May 05, 2014

One of your more boring travel stories. The one saving grace is that the book was written about 25 years ago when the author was a callow youth. Perhaps age has seasoned him.


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Jan 09, 2015

The author and two companions follow the path of Marco Polo across the Levant and central Asia. The travel narratives of Marco Polo and other ancient travellers are interwoven with the experiences and adventures of Dalrymple and friends. The author has a knack for capturing dialogue that reveals cultural differences. Some superb black and white photographs and simple maps compliment the text; and a bibliography and an index are provided. This trip, in 1986, would be impossible today due to the civil wars and other turmoil along the route.


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