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Marco Polo was the most famous traveller of his time. His voyages began in 1271 with a visit to China, after which he served the Kubilai Khan on numerous diplomatic missions. On his return to the West he was made a prisoner of war and met Rustichello of Pisa, with whom he collaborated on this book. The accounts of his travels provide a fascinating glimpse of the different societies he encountered: their religions, customs, ceremonies and way of life; on the spices and silks of the East; on precious gems, exotic vegetation and wild beasts. He tells the story of the holy shoemaker, the wicked caliph and the three kings, among a great many others, evoking a remote and long-vanished world with colour and immediacy.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2337 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (28 Nov. 1974)
  • Sold by:  Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI9LJE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Not Enabled
  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled

Customer Reviews

Very well set out and easy to read

 on 11 May 2017
By Amazon Customer
Very well set out and easy to read, the language is well put and the descriptions of people and places visited are excellent. Well worth a read i only to understand more about the amazing life of people in the past. Distance was calculated by the number of days travelled – it was well before the use of maps, distance and sat navs!

Good but at times repetetive

5 people found this helpful.
 on 3 August 2011
By Huw Davies
‘The Travels’ is a frightfully interesting book, filled to the brim with tall tales, lavish description and contrasting cultures. From the Arabian peninsula to the far east of China, right down to India and Sri Lanka, this book takes in all the great sights of Eastern Asia. It’s debated nowadays whether Polo actually conducted all of these travels himself, or if he merely recalled stories he had been told by others on his journeys. However, cast away your doubts and just sit back and enjoy an interesting ride. R.E. Latham, the translator of this edition, had added in extra footnotes at appropriate points, adding extra details from different translations. These add a new depth to some stories. He also clears up any confusing descriptions and points out errors Polo made.

Barely believable adventures.

 on 17 March 2007
By Bernie
Marco writes well enough of his travels and you feel that you are there. You can actually follow the trail if you have a map. He describes the flora and fauna of each region and describes the economics and industry of the region.

Makes Survivor Participants Look Like Wusses

66 people found this helpful.
 on 1 December 2002
By Bruce Kendall
This volume will enthrall anyone interested in true adventure. Marco Polo was the original Indiana Jones and then some. Please do not waste time on Gary Jennings’ The Journeyer. This is the real deal and needs no dramatic embellishments.

Barely believable adventures

30 people found this helpful.
 on 9 November 2003
By bernie
Marco writes well enough of his travels and you feel that you are there. You can actually follow the trail if you have a map. He describes the flora and fauna of each region and describes the economics and industry of the region.

An adventure for all times and all ages

One person found this helpful.
 on 24 November 2016
By Adrian J. Smith
The Travels of Marco Polo may be perhaps the most challenging travelogue ever put together. While Marco Polo was not the first to write about lands distant and alien to one’s own, he wrote of a journey of immense challenge and difficulty. Difficulty that is difficult to appreciate in our modern world.

The classic cross-cultural experience

30 people found this helpful.
 on 29 July 2004
By Zohre Brown
Every fantastic location and creature and event described and experienced by the Polo family really existed. And yet the world still doubts the authenticity of this 13th century trader’s experiences.

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