In Xanadu [William Dalrymple] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. This is an account of the quest which took William Dalrymple and his. IN XANADU [William Dalrymple] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The author recounts his experiences as he retraced the route followed. At the age of twenty-two, William Dalrymple left his college in Cambridge to travel to the ruins of Kublai Khan’s stately pleasure dome in Xanadu.

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In an age where thousands of miles are shrunk into a ten-hour ride in an aluminum tube, Xanadu refreshes the reader by painting the gradual transitions that are an essential part of going from one place to another. View all 3 comments. Excerpts like this are far too common: The first half of the journey was much more fun than the second, and included places that were much safer thirty years ago than they are now – Syria to put it mildlysouth-eastern Turkey, western Pakistan.

Thatcher is a tyrant supposedly to be overthrown tomorrow already, maybe, or whether he interrupts an animist ceremony and is about to be lynched by an angry mob of tribesmen. 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.

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. The trip is completed after the Iranian revolution but before the Soviet conflict in Afghanistan and before the border to China were more open. It is a great story all in all, and I was thrilled to be reading about the silk route in it’s entirety; and Darlymple’s anecdotes about what shaped the many places it encompasses historically.

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Sep 18, Pages. A Quest is now available both online and in bookshops. The journey was taken on a multitude of types of transport and lasted for four months. Still, that is not excuse enough as that is old enough to know the difference between good humour and outright disrespect of other cultures. All of which evidences the depth of dalrjmple Dalrymple undertakes when writing this book.


In Xanadu – William Dalrymple

He’s of good stock and he travels the first half with Laura related or on first name terms with various sen He was a precocious wee sod was young William Dalrymple – while everyone else whiled away their uni summers working and saving for a short trip somewhere – anywhere – he decided to follow in Marco Polo’s footsteps from Jerusalem to Mongolia. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Worse is his classism and upper-class biases. The book, which was written when the author was only 22, received rapturous reviews and won numerous awards, and established Dalrymple as a major new arrival on the British literary scene.

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. As always, full of funny snippets, finding amazing and eccentric people in Syria, Iran, Pakistan, roaming under the threat of deportation and staying ahead of police in China, this is a wonderful, wonderful book. Best of all, as he travels, he reads ancient historians and shares their insights with us.

In Xanadu: A Quest

In Xanadu is about our author, William Dalrymple’s journey. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. Apr 16, Ahimsa rated it liked it. It’s a class thing for those types daldymple seems.

Book Review: William Dalrymple – In Xanadu: A Quest

A Year in Delhi. I think the mature writer must surely groan now at some of his own arrogance and naivety combined, but it’s right to let the original record sit. In his first book, the then year old Mr. I pity those poor, intelligent women who had to suffer William Dalrymple’s company for such a long, overland journey. But the vacation he plans is no light-hearted student jaunt – he decides to retrace the epic journey of Marco Polo from Jerusalem to Xanadu, the ruined palace of Kubla Khan, north of Peking.

Open Preview See a Problem? The blurb hails Dalyrmple as the new Theroux, now I’ve not read any books by Theroux but even if he is nearly as good as Williiam Dalyrymple, I reckon I’ll give him a shot.



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We’ve both grown up a bit since then. Views Read Edit View history. I’m glad that this was not the first book that I read of his as it would have been hard to get over what can only be termed his youthful self’s immature sense of superiority.

As I say, a precocious young bugger, but a hell of a talent, and good on him. xaandu

Dalrymple travels with two women: The quality of writing, knowledge of the region and his underlying confidence is truly astounding and was a portend for his future books. The first was that Dalrymple himself was only 22 when he first wrote In Xanadu. Adlrymple mission is to take holy oil from the Church of the Holy Sepulcre, just as Marco Polo did, when he was deputized to deliver it to Kubla Khan.

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. Dec 20, Chhaya Methani rated it really liked it Shelves: Sometimes you feel the book is more about Dalrymple’s own personal musings and his love of history and architecture than the journey and the places themselves.

How did they resupply? 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 voyage. During his journey he visits some the most important and memorable sites of antiquity on the way, something which is, according to Dalrymplelacking in Marco Polo’s “The Travels”.

This is Darlymple’s first book, and you can clearly see glimpses of the finesse that Darlymple masters in his later books. A Thousand and One Tales from the Silk Road This is quite simply an enchanting book and for two interconnected reasons. Get in touch with the editors. Hilarious, irreverent, scholarly, and vivid account of the author’s epic journey across Asia on the Silk Road, in the footsteps of Marco Polo.