The Journeyer Author:Gary Jennings In his old age, Marco Polo was nicknamed "Marco of the Millions" because his Venetian countrymen took the stories of his travels to be so many lies. As he lay dying, a priest 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 ha... more »lf that Marco Polo left unsaid. From the palazzi and back streets of medieval Venice to the sumptuous court of Kubilai Khan, from the perfumed sexuality of the Levant to the dangers and rigors of travel along the Silk Road, Marco meets all manner of danger, and, insatiably curious, becomes an almost compulsive collector of customs, languages, and women.
In more 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--re-created and reimagined with all the splendor, the love of adventure, the zest for the rare and curious that are Jenning's hallmarks--is the epic account, at once magnificent and delightful, of the greatest real-life adventurer in human history.« less