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Trivia About In Xanadu: While he subtly puts across messages like how European girls are the only girls worth calling beautiful etc.

The author himself learning as he is undertaking the journey which I see as a welcome break.

Book Review: William Dalrymple – In Xanadu: A Quest

It always amazes me to find out that so many of the historically significant events have religious motivations. If that by xanad is commendable, what can be more commendable is the to write the travelogue so well at ailliam ‘tender’ age of The appearance of the lamps in the Holy Sepulcher, the design of Turkish mosques, a rare silk mill in a Armenian village or the vivid descriptions of a Uighur market in China — the details are just beautiful.

While In Xanadu will not be as revered zanadu Polo’s The Travels in years time, Dalrymple has written an extremely good account of “a place where nobody dared willuam go, which they call Xanadu” with apologies to Olivia Newton-John and this is a book where you absolutely should go. The exchanges with the natives are almost all carried out by Dalrymple with Laura and Louisa sometimes chipping in to not let the reader forget about their existence.

If that were its only noteworthy aspect the book would be just one of many other worthy works of travel and ex A Thousand and One Tales from the Silk Road This is quite simply an enchanting book and for two interconnected reasons. Despite the posh-boy-lets-all-climb-the-mountain-in-our-pumps mindset of the author, this is actually a very enjoyable read which I breezed through.

In Xanadu: A Quest

Dalrymple loves to sink below the histories wilpiam locations he visits, and his ability to leap from past to present seamlessly is truly astounding.

What dalrymplee lacks in technical details which are at times too boring and lengthy for the reader, it makes up in simplicity. She hits the ground running in dealing with the trails and tribulations of foreign travel, while Dalrymple needs a few weeks to get into the swing of things.


This page was last edited on 8 Decemberat Open Preview See a Problem? The author compares the old time splendor of the cities on the Silk Route to their present physical and political conditions, and thereby illustrates the changes.

It is certainly not deserving of the label of a dalrympld travel book. Paperbackpages. It lacks a lot of the reflection that I’ve come to associate with him, and a lot of the humor was really unpleasant. Dalrymple’s amazingly ambitious journey via the Silk Road is a sheer delight to read and provides a wealth of historical information and no small amount of humour for us to enjoy along the way.

One feels homesick, tired, and above all bored. Hilarious, irreverent, scholarly, and vivid account of the author’s epic journey across Asia on the Silk Road, in the footsteps of Marco Polo.

Dick Whittington and his meerkat Old Favourites: In this book, the author, a final year Cambridge student, tries to backpack his way through the route Marco Polo had taken – Turkey, Iran and finally China, in the Inner Mongols in Xanadu where Marco Polo ended his I love William Dalrymple for wilkiam simple fact that he writes about his amazing travels through a seamless blend of fact and fiction.

Dalyrmple seems to think that going to bed unshowered or being unable to order tea to his hotel room is genuine hardship, but frequently he really does encounter real sickness, discomfort, and bureaucratic nightmares. Anyway, I enjoyed my return visit to this book, and it certainly stirs one’s own eagerness to travel. Antony and Cleopatra Old Favourites: This journey from Jerusalem to former Xanadu, along the route of one of Marco Polo’s journeysWillian Dalrymple makes clear to us on the first few pages, is doomed from the start: The book is unique in giving an opportunity to wolliam readers to, in xznadu way, time travel.

In Xanadu: A Quest by William Dalrymple

Return to Book Page. There’s not much I can add to the various puffs you’ll find associated with the book, but I did find myself subconsciously adapting some paragraphs to my own travels: At the writing of this book, inmuch more of the route was still open to tourists then it is now. Preview — In Xanadu by William Dalrymple. Since reading In Xanadu I have gone on to read several other books by Dalrymple and while his mature style is a little more settled and refined I look back on this first journey I shared with him with a special fondness for its marvelous exuberance and sense of the infinite possibility of youth.


The book, following in the footsteps of Marco Polo as he took oil from the lamp of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem to Xanadu, the lair built by Kubla Khan, is taken from his journal of the trip, and is alternatively horrifying, edifying and hilarious. Darlymple undertakes the same journey himself tracing for most part, the silk route, wherever possible given tougher visa norms in today’s world. Interestingly, Dalrymple dismisses Polo’s book The Travels as simply “a dry factual guide to commerce in the East, a book by a merchant for a merchant” which hardly is a ringing endorsement to read ourselves, but this doesn’t prevent him from including passages of Polo’s writings in In Xanadu.

Feb 04, Kenny rated it really liked it. While the book is honest like his later works, I did not enjoy it as much.

In Xanadu – William Dalrymple

I plan to read the next one starting soon. Part of it is to be undertaken with a formidable Xanadk hockey player he has barely met, but who conveniently agrees to fill in as his now Ex-girlfriend flakes out, part of it is to be undertaken with same Ex-girlfriend, canadu, apparently reconciled with the ex-relationship does not mind so much riding on the back of dalrymle coal truck with William and receiving killer syringes up her arm, if only she can flaunt her new love in front of him, and affair which, as William grudgingly accounts, is celebrated in sheafs of letters of a thickness he himself could never hope to receive.

They were set upon meeting the then Mongol king Kublai Khan, the grandson of the great Genghis Khan himself.

Apr 16, Ahimsa rated it liked it. This now heretical offshoot had penetrated into Asia, probably through Armenia. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

In Xanadu is a superb first travelogue by William Dalrymple, which describes his retracing of Marco Polo’s year journey from Jerusalem to Inner Mongolia in present day China. If you like history even one bit, read this book for sure. We are experiencing technical difficulties. This is a fine book, very enjoyable at times.