Travels

ISBN-10: 0140440577
ISBN-13: 9780140440577
Edition: 2004
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Book details

List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 9/30/1958
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880

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: of their religions, customs, ceremonies and way of life; of the spices and silks of the East; of 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 fascinating world with colour and immediacy.

William Boyd was born in 1952 in Accra, Ghana and grew up there and in Nigeria. His first novel, A Good Man in Africa (1981), won the Whitbread First Novel Award and the Somerset Maugham Prize. His other novels are An Ice Cream War (1982, shortlisted for the 1982 Booker Prize and winner of the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize), Stars and Bars (1984), The New Confessions (1987), Brazzaville Beach (1990, winner of the McVitie Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize), The Blue Afternoon (1993, winner of the 1993 Sunday Express Book of the Year Award), Armadillo (1998), Any Human Heart (2002, winner of the Prix Jean Monnet) and Restless (2006, winner of the Costa Novel of the Year Award). His latest novel is Ordinary Thunderstorms (2009). Some thirteen of his screenplays have been filmed, including The Trench (1999), which he also directed, and he is also the author of four collections of short stories: On the Yankee Station (1981), The Destiny of Nathalie 'X' (1995), Fascination (2004) and The Dream Lover (2008). He is married and divides his time between London and South West France.

Introduction
Prologue (1-19)
The Middle East (20-43)
The Road to Cathay (44-75)
Kubilai Khan (76-105)
From Peking to Bengal (106-131)
From Peking to Amoy (132-158)
From China to India (159-174)
India (175-189)
The Arabian Sea (190-199)
Northern Regions and Tartar Wars (200-234)
Epilogue
Genealogical Table of Mongol Imperial House
Maps
Index

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