The Journeyer (2019)

The Journeyer Marco Polo was nicknamed Marco of the millions because his Venetian countrymen took the grandiose stories of his travels to be exaggerated if not outright lies As he lay dying his priest family an
  • Title: The Journeyer
  • Author: Gary Jennings
  • ISBN: 9780689114038
  • Page: 313
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Journeyer
    Marco Polo was nicknamed Marco of the millions because his Venetian countrymen took the grandiose stories of his travels to be exaggerated, if not outright lies As he lay dying, his priest, family, and friends offered him a last chance to confess his mendacity, and Marco, it is said, replied I have not told the half of what I saw and did Now Gary Jennings has imagineMarco Polo was nicknamed Marco of the millions because his Venetian countrymen took the grandiose stories of his travels to be exaggerated, if not outright lies As he lay dying, his priest, family, and friends offered him a last chance to confess his mendacity, and Marco, it is said, replied I have not told the half of what I saw and did Now Gary Jennings has imagined the half that Marco left unsaid as even elaborate and adventurous than the tall tales thought to be lies From the palazzi and back streets of medieval Venice to the sumptuous court of Kublai Khan, from the perfumed sexuality of the Levant to the dangers and rigors of travel along the Silk Road, Marco meets all manner of people, survives all manner of danger, and, insatiably curious, becomes an almost compulsive collector of customs, languages and women.In than two decades of travel, Marco was variously a merchant, a warrior, a lover, a spy, even a tax collector but always a journeyer, unflagging in his appetite for new experiences, regretting only what he missed Here recreated and reimagined with all the splendor, the love of adventure, the zest for the rare and curious that are Jennings s hallmarks is the epic account, at once magnificent and delightful, of the greatest real life adventurer in human history 20051116
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    1. 9 10 Come hither, great princes Come hither, emperors and kings, dukes and marquises, knights and burgesses Come hither, you people of all degrees, who wish to see the many faces of mankind and to know the diversities of the whole world Take up this book and read it, or have it read to you For herein you will find all the greatest wonders and most marvellous curiosities I haven t read the original account of the travels of Marco Polo from Venice to the far side of the world I have chosen instead [...]

    2. While I did enjoy the Journeyer I would have to say that it was not a great read Sure the story of Marco Polo is a fascinating one and Mr Jennings did maintain my interest for 80% percent of the time What annoyed me, however, is that the story is not vastly different from Aztec Man travels, has many weird and wonderful adventures, is witness to and indulges in some bizarre sex practices and later, reflecting upon his experiences, decides to self indulgently confess about his wanderings in a tell [...]

    3. The adventures of Marco Polo I was probably 16 when I read this book I read it because my mom had just finished it This book will make you laugh out loud when you least expect it, and make you slam it shut while being on the verge of tears You will carry some of the characters with you for The rest of your life Nostril, Aziz, and The Fondler You can never forget their stories Some scenes are so graphically horrible it s as if you ve seen them and not read them One of the most emotional books you [...]

    4. I love to read I am a voracious reader, yet, this book has captured my heart above all others The story and the way Mr Jennings was able to capture the courage and inspiration that Marco Polo had to traverse the silk trail was inspirational to me At the tender age of 18, it inspired me to travel across our country with little to no money and discover myself It has since helped me realize that life is the journey and when I feel stuck or unable to shed myself of unhealthy things to which I ve bee [...]

    5. this is my favorite read of all time Takes about 100 pages to get going, but by the ending after a 1000 pages you wish there could be another 1000 His research into his subject matter, Marco Polo, has proven to be unbelievably accurate The Great Khans earthquake detection machine was fully describe while I was at the national museum in Ulambator Mongolia Aztec is his other great book and fully explains how Cortez and 60 soldiers could conquer a nation.

    6. I LOVE this book It has scarred me for life That s a sign of a great book Some of the images and scenes from this book have stayed with me, years after the reading It was so good, I didn t want to put it down, and when I was done reading it, I felt a remorse that it was over.

    7. I just read Italo Calvino s Invisible Cities which is a short book about an encounter between Marco Polo and Kublai Khan That book reminded me that I d read Jennings The Journeyer several decades ago in Journeyer there is an encounter between Polo and Khan I must note in all fairness that the publication of Invisible Cities predates the publication of The Journeyer by about a decade, but still, there is nothing new under the sun Now, The Journeyer is okay, but as I recall, my expectations were a [...]

    8. Toward the end of last year, I read Laurence Bergreen s biography of Marco Polo Subsequently, a buddy of mine not only clued me in to but provided a copy of Gary Jennings fictionalized narrative of the Venetian s Asian wanderings in The Journeyer I ran across a copy of another of Jennings works Aztec Rage years ago in a summer cabin or some such place, got started on it, but never finished and never got back to either the book or Jennings.There are a couple of interesting discrepancies between t [...]

    9. This book pulled me in two distinct and opposite directions on the one hand, it s a fantastic and accurate if my fact checking is any good account of life in Venice and the middle and far east in the 13th century There is a lot of interesting detail about cultural traits and knowledge that we still use today That really hooked the history buff in me On the other hande extremely graphic descriptions of torture and other sundry mayhem was over the top, even for this Game of Thrones lover, and the [...]

    10. This is the last book of Gary Jennings I ve to read Actually, that s not true, he wrote some book about a hot air balloon, but I don t like those things at all so I won t be reading that If you like Jennings, this is classic It s the story of Marco Polo Full of interesting etymological facts and lots of sexual perversion Hey, you know it s true, lol Nothing beats a good piece of historical fiction It s so escapist, yet, when written well, it s so very informative One of the reasons I know so muc [...]

    11. Ranks alongside Aztec as Gary Jennings greatest work Much like Aztec, it is a first person narrative, this time concerning Marco Polo and his journey from Italy to the court of the Yuan emperor Khubilai via the middle east, Persia, Nepal and finally China and, later on, several other places.Definitely one of the best historical books I have ever written, can t recommend it highly enough

    12. The first half of this book should have accurately been titled Marco Polo s Porno Journey Through Asia , and although these antics worked for the character, it often felt a little bit over done and forced The second half of the book was well articulated and presented, and the world was believable and slightly magical Marco also became a rounded character as he became a jaded, wearied traveller towards the end, especially when he settled down with Hui sheng in Asia and started to interact with [...]

    13. Number of MP3s 29 Total Duration 42 29 39Book Description Legendary trader and explorer Marco Polo was nicknamed Marco of the millions because his Venetian countrymen took the grandiose stories of his travels to be exaggerated, if not outright lies As he lay dying, his priest, family, and friends offered him a last chance to confess his mendacity, and Marco, it is said, replied, I have not told the half of what I saw and did Now Gary Jennings has imagined the half left unsaid as even elaborate [...]

    14. I love historical fiction, and the historical fiction aspect of this book was pretty much an A from the start The plot and the prose seemed pretty immature early on, but really improved, and I was retroactively convinced that the early parts of the book were immature because the narrator was still immature This book turned into a surprisingly good story of youth and aging, along with a fantastic flurry of random historical references.

    15. My t h pe aiheuttavan poloiseen kanteen piiloutuva tiiliskiviromaani on yht lt viihdytt v historiallis eroottista h mpp , toisaalta v kivaltaista ja j rkytt v roskaa seikkailijan retkist Jos ajatus seesami ljyruukkuihin s il tyist ruumiista j rkytt , kannattaa v ltt vuosikausien painajaiset ja j tt kirja lukematta Kuitenkin jos kirja j tt n in vahvoja muistij lki , se ei voi olla ihan huono.

    16. Marco Polo was an explorer It looks like Jennings was using Polos lost journal and notes to write the story of Marcos adventurous travels A rich tale, well researched, bringing to life the Mongol Empire and the Emperors Court.

    17. When Marco Polo lay dying, his friends came to beg that he repent of all the lies he had written of his journeys He sat up in bed and swore that he had not told the half of what he had seen and done This is that half This is not a spoiler this much is stated right at the beginning.

    18. This is my favorite Jennings novel I actually read it twice and it s a very long book I ve always loved adventure tales, however, and The Journeyer is fine adventure as well as an accurate portrait of the Mongol court and Kublai Khan Recommended.

    19. This was a lllooonng book I had read Aztec previously and this book was based on the same formula, still I kept reading because it was a different setting If I had not read Aztec previously, I might have given it 4 stars.

    20. This would have been so much enjoyable if it had been whittled down by about 300 pages, that would have made it 520 pages instead of the 820 that it is Jennings 1928 1999 certainly had a knack for story telling The Venetian Marco Polo 1254 1324 , is probably the most famous Westerner to travel the Silk Road Marco, along with his father Niccilo and uncle Maffeo , traveled from Venice to the eastern Mediterranean Levant and all the way across Asia and back He became a confidant and emissary of Th [...]

    21. I read this book when I was frighteningly young Basic plot Marco Polo goes to China and fucks a lot of people on the way there And back The writing is incredibly engaging and vivid There s tons of body horror in this book extreme torture, cannibalization as well as sex some gay, lesbian and transgender stuff, but it s mostly meant to be titillating from a straight male POV It s also very racist and intensely, bizarrely, anti Buddhist Seriously, Marco Polo hates Buddhism as soon as he s introduce [...]

    22. Fabulous book, a page turner Strictly adult rated, but what kid is willing to plow through all of the cultural and historical fiction Jennings has recorded every scatological word in every language between Italy and China in one volume as well as a rip snorting adventure story Also, as an added bonus, find out about all of the deviant sexual practices in said lands The book starts out with the statement of Marco Polo, that he is only able to record the very least portion of all the adventures he [...]

    23. One of my all time favorites I ve read it three times now, and each time it gets better and I discover new details I love this book because you become immersed so completely in the story, that putting it down and returning to real like is a letdown I look forward to free time to fit in stolen moments with the tome Also, new historical evidence supports this telling of the travels of Marco Polo, so you get to learn a little something.

    24. I came across this book accidentally one summer at my parents I read a bit of the story inside and was mesmerized.I am not shocked or offended by graphic sex or violence because that s the way of the world I don t need my films or books sugar coated to make them sweet for my delicate feminine nature because I don t have one.The book cannot be better described than how others have here Judge for yourself, but if you have a weak constitution avoid the book in case you might faint.

    25. This book is not for the squeamish, which can be said of all Jennings novels It is a fictionalized account of the travels and adventures of Marco Polo in the 1400 s I think If you can tolerate the torture, extreme pain, and the endless varieties of sex, you will find a grand adventure novel.

    26. Overall, I liked this book Jennings could have toned down the sex a bit though We didn t need to know about EVERY conquest by Marco Lots of good detail into the time period and different cultures the Polos would have encountered at that time Although the part where the little boys gets eaten was a bit over the top.

    27. Es yo creo mi libro favorito es una aventura de principio a fin, con escenas realmente impactantes, te muestra la diferencia de creencias entre las culturas europeas, mong licas y china Tambien es impresionante el poder que lleg a tener Kublai Khan en su poca Realmente es super recomendable y es una aventura inolvidable

    28. This book started out slow for me, but really got interesting about a quarter of the way through and I didn t want to put it down The historical descriptions and the stories Marco Polo tells it s written in his voice make you feel like you are there, or want to be there I almost stopped a couple times, but I stuck with it and I m glad I did.

    29. Some of Marco s opinions, though appropriate for his time, can be hard to take But I really enjoyed the story and the depictions of all the different lands and cultures he meets.

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