In XanadueBook - 2012
At the age of twenty-two, Dalrymple left his college in Cambridge to travel to the ruins of Kubla Khan's stately pleasure dome in Xanadu. As he and his companions travel across the width of Asia--crossing through Acre, Aleppo, Tabriz, Tashkurgan, and other mysterious and sometimes hellish places--they encounter dusty, forgotten roads, unexpected hospitality, and difficult challenges. Stylish, witty, and knowledgeable about everything from the dreaded order of Assassins to the hidden origins of the Three Magi, this is travel writing at its best.
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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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