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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They now live on a farm outside Delhi.

Just to give you an idea the circumference of the earth xxnadu about 1. Even when WD dismisses the poor roads, the abysmal toilets and the horrific hotel accommodations and the frequent threat of deportation in many of the countries he passes throughhis love for the other side of the countries and their culture shines through. I like to think of myself as someone knows a little about the countries through which Dalrymple travelled but time and again I would be brought up short by some story of a character, event or place about which knew nothing about or had the wrong facts I always thought that the Shah of Iran was the bad guy!!

In Xanadu is about wolliam author, William Dalrymple’s journey. Very nice idea in the first place following in the footsteps of the legendary Marco Polo. Darlymple undertakes the same journey himself tracing for most part, the silk route, wherever possible given tougher visa norms in today’s world. In Xanadu poses as an irreverent travel book –complete with funny anecdotes about muscular hotel managers, ma William Dalrymple retraces and chronicles Marco Polo’s 13th Century travels from Jerusalem to the fabled Xanadu in China actually Shangdu, Kublai Khan’s summer capital along with two fellow students in In Xanadu.

On the other hand, I would not be surprised to learn that China is now much easier for the casual foreign traveller than it was in the mids.

The rest of the journey is outlined with descriptions of most of the ancient sites along the Silk Route, which Marco Polo was supposed to have passed. The ij as described is such any avid traveller would love to undertake but with a beautiful female companion and just pounds in pocket it just seems to good to be true.

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. Muse Arts Features Reviews Books. This now heretical offshoot had penetrated into Asia, probably through Armenia.

In Xanadu: A Quest

Dalrymple was only 21 when he carried out this epic journey, still studying history at Cambridge his university ID card got him out of many a sticky situation while in Asia. In this book, dalrymplf 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.


The first and most striking reason is that Dalrymple manages to capture and convey the shear sense of wonder and excitement that comes from traveling across the world when young.

Stylish, witty, and knowledgeable about everything from the dreaded order of Assassins to the hidden origins of the Three Magi, this is travel writing at its best.

In Xanadu – William Dalrymple

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. Clearly the stuff xabadu are made of. This was the only reason why I picked up ‘In Xanadu: William Dalrymple gets a grant to follow the footsteps of a great Italian merchant,Marco Polo, who was one of the first Europeans to travel through Asia.

Though uneven in its writing, Dalrymple includes interesting detail of everyday observation and encounters. LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices.

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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. The strength of his narrative criss-crossing between past and the present is clearly his super power. Excerpts like this are far too common: Ghengis Khan expressed their philosophy most succinctly.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Sep 18, Pages Buy. But this book turned out to be yet another account of a White man on a daring trip across the world in dangerous lands from whence it is next to impossible to come out alive, all while writing encouragingly of every stereotype the Whites have ever come up with of every other race apart from themselves.

Part of it is to be undertaken with a formidable Ex-Oxford 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, who, apparently reconciled with the ex-relationship does not mind so much riding on the back of a 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.

Dec 27, Avinash Gupta rated it really liked it. Apr 04, Vivek rated it it was amazing. It is a history lesson made entertaining; he is a true master of the art of story making.


Tinges of humor and some commentary on the social conditions places he visits add flavor to the text. In this book, the author, a final year Cambridge student, wiloiam 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 the simple fact that he writes about his amazing travels through a seamless blend of fact and fiction.

It is full of life and very funny. The desire to escape is familiar to all students, and while one reads this book they find themselves fulfilling those ambitions by journeying side xxnadu side with Dalrymple as he battles illness and malicious border guards, meets fascinating locals and suffers on questionable dalrynple of transport, the majority without suspension.

Recommended to me by my daughter who was spot on once again. Hilarious, irreverent, scholarly, and vivid account of the author’s epic journey across Asia on the Silk Road, in the footsteps of Marco Polo. Books by William Dalrymple. Return to Book Page.

Worse is his classism and upper-class biases. If that by itself is commendable, what can be more commendable is the to write the travelogue so well at the ‘tender’ age of Lists with This Book. This page was last edited on 8 Decemberat The book finds Darlymple tracing the epic journey of Marco Polo from Jerusalem to Xanadu in Mongolia, to meet the then king, Kubla Khan, who is the third generation descendent of Chengiz Khan.

A fun trek across the continent. Fo 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. Dec 12, Virginia rated wjlliam it was amazing.

No matter that the words which kept tumbling incessantly through my head were wrong yes, to my shame I willliam look up the lyrics! Anyone who is not a British is either dangerous, “stupid”, uncouth, imbecilic, unfriendly and xanzdu or subservient to the White man in a servile way.

I first heard of it in the Epiphany sermon our priest gave at church, when he read from this book about the legendary birthplace of the Three Kings, as Dalrymple backpacked through Iran. It is an anticlimax but their trip is all about the journey they dalrympoe endured rather than any romance of reaching their destination. The book’s title willkam not give any glimpse of what it is about, and many have asked me that question.