In Xanadu: A Quest

In Xanadu: A Quest

While waiting for the results of his college exams, William Dalrymple decides to fill in his summer break with a trip. 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. For the first half of the trip he is accompanied by Laura, whom h While waiting for the results of his college exams, William Dalrymple decides to fill in his summer break with a trip. Bu...

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Title:In Xanadu: A Quest
Author:William Dalrymple
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Genres:Travel
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Number of Pages:319 pages pages

In Xanadu: A Quest Reviews

  • Ahimsa
    Apr 16, 2013
    This is a fine book, very enjoyable at times. The history is incorporated very well, the journey documented is fascinating and the captured bits of dialogue are unbelievably great. It?s far from flawless, however. To many times, Dalrymple relies on architectural details of sepulch...
  • Lisa
    Oct 02, 2012
    This journey (from Jerusalem to former Xanadu, along the route of one of Marco Polo's journeys), Willian Dalrymple makes clear to us on the first few pages, is doomed from the start: Part of it is to be undertaken with a formidable Ex-Oxford hockey player he has barely met, but who con...
  • Vivek
    Apr 04, 2011
    To embark on a journey from Jerusalem to Mongolia - tracing the path of Marco Polo in itself is a commendable feat - considering that the journey is fraught with dangerous places and not at a pleasure trip at al. If that by itself is commendable, what can be more commendable is the to ...
  • Nicholas Whyte
    Sep 04, 2017
    https://nwhyte.livejournal.com/2851047.html I must have been in the same room as the author on occasion when we were Cambridge students in intersecting circles, but don't recall ever meeting him. Since then I've read three of his other books (two hits and a miss) so it was interest...
  • Adi
    Aug 16, 2011
    In Xanadu- a Quest; by William Darlymple, 302pp, 1990 Seven centuries ago, the famous trader, explorer Marco Polo set off from Jerusalem on a mission to reach the court of the Mongol King Kubla Khan, who?s palace was in a place called Xanadu. He then immortalized his journey in The ...
  • Lianne
    May 11, 2013
    Because I am a fan of obscure literary travel memoirs, I picked up this book at a library book sale. It's an under-the-radar account of a Cambridge student's trip in the 1980's. William Dalrymple becomes obsessed with retracing the route of Marco Polo from Jerusalem to Xanadu, Kubla Kh...
  • The Tick
    Feb 17, 2011
    Oy. I've loved everything else by William Dalrymple so far, but I was really unhappy with this. It lacks a lot of the reflection that I've come to associate with him, and a lot of the humor was really unpleasant. It also skimmed over a lot of detail, and the bits of background history ...
  • Sonia Gomes
    Sep 05, 2012
    Very nice idea in the first place following in the footsteps of the legendary Marco Polo. For a twenty one year old to have accomplished it was amazing. The unbelievable part were the two girls who accompanied him. Would I have been so brave at 21; Doubt it. ...
  • Terry Clague
    Apr 08, 2010
    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. 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 ...
  • Patricia
    Mar 19, 2009
    I'm surprised how much I liked this book. 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. The book, following in the footsteps of Marco Polo as he ...
  • Judy
    Oct 04, 2015
    A fun trek across the continent. Full of entertaining anecdotes, colorful characters and challenges. Well worth the read. Recommended to me by my daughter who was spot on once again. Dalrymple entertains with his British wit, colorful portrayals, sense of adventure and caricatures ...
  • Manish
    Jul 14, 2011
    In the 13th century, Marco Polo travelled from Europe to Xanadu through modern day Israel, Syria, Iran, Turkey, Afghanistan, Pakistan and China. As an emissary of the Pope, his aim mission was to convince Kublai Khan to embrace Christianity. In 1986, Dalrymple decided to trace a simila...
  • Antara
    Aug 08, 2011
    I love William Dalrymple for the simple fact that he writes about his amazing travels through a seamless blend of fact and fiction. Having read and loved his City of Djinns (a must-read if you're a Dilliwala), Nine Lives and White Mughals, I have loved this first book of his as well. I...
  • Sean Mccarrey
    Jan 17, 2012
    This book made me feel like all of my travels have been absolutely insignificant. I too have traveled halfway across the world, often wondering if the form of transport would break down before reaching its destination. I too have spent days with terrible illnesses in desert towns, albe...
  • Anshul Gaurav
    Feb 13, 2012
    In 1269, a 17 year old Venetian merchant, his father and his uncle embarked on an epic journey to the east corner of Asia. They were set upon meeting the then Mongol king Kublai Khan, the grandson of the great Genghis Khan himself.  They needed his support in order to protect the Chri...
  • Chris Ziesler
    Aug 31, 2013
    A Thousand and One Tales from the Silk Road This is quite simply an enchanting book and for two interconnected reasons. 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 wo...
  • Shweta Ganesh Kumar
    Nov 12, 2013
    I've always been a fan of William Dalrymple's work - probably because the first book I read of his was The City of Djinns and it captured the essence of the city so well that it was hard not to fall in love with his writing. This was the only reason why I picked up 'In Xanadu: A Que...
  • Rizowana
    Feb 26, 2017
    ---SPOILERS AHEAD--- It was a pity I read this book. I used to like Dalrymple. 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 ...
  • Brian Wright
    Feb 07, 2014
    I will never understand the really ridiculous orientalist approach that never seems to die in the world. I have spent more than 6 years amongst Arabs and have never found the homosexual, sheesha smoking pedophile which Dalrymple keeps running into. Nevertheless, the book does improve a...
  • Mansi
    Sep 11, 2013
    from Damascus in Israel Gate to Xanadu, China William Dalrymple traces the journey of Marco Polo when he ventured to take the Holy Oil from the Holy sepulchre to the the then magnificent summer place of Kublai Khan. From Israel , and perilous Iran , then unto Pakistan and finally into ...
  • Harshad Sharma
    Oct 26, 2016
    This was amazing. William Hamilton Dalrymple is a champion of travel writing, his first book In Xanadu is full of beautiful places, his prose is already wonderful, his excitement at re-discovering the places Marco Polo visited during his journey from Jerusalem to Kublai Khan's summer p...
  • Suzannah
    Oct 23, 2016
    Hilarious, irreverent, scholarly, and vivid account of the author's epic journey across Asia on the Silk Road, in the footsteps of Marco Polo. William Dalrymple's first book (I'd previously read, and loved FROM THE HOLY MOUNTAIN) was written in the late 80s, when was still difficult to...
  • Maitrey
    Oct 25, 2013
    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. Dalrymple was only 21 when he carried out this epic journey, still s...
  • Subhashish Sarkar
    Oct 16, 2016
    William Dalrymple's first work, In Xanadu: A Quest, is a travel/history book. The book is unique in giving an opportunity to the readers to, in a way, time travel. You travel along the ancient Silk Route and get a feel about how the place was some 30 years back. You can imagine the e...
  • Avinash Gupta
    Dec 27, 2013
    As the name suggest, this book is about a Quest to follow the route of Marco Polo who traveled around around seas, deserts & Mountains to reach Xanadu, an ancient capital of Mongolia and fort of descendants of the Great conqueror Genghis khan. Ok, I admit, it does not sound as exci...
  • Chhaya Methani
    Dec 20, 2015
    I am a huge fan of Darlymple's work, and this one comes with another adventure. The book's title does not give any glimpse of what it is about, and many have asked me that question. The book finds Darlymple tracing the epic journey of Marco Polo from Jerusalem to Xanadu in Mongolia, to...
  • Abdost
    Sep 07, 2018
    In Xanadu written by William Dalrymple was the first ever travelogue that I have ever read and choosing to read another novel/travelogue after this masterpiece would be a hard job. William Dalrymple gets a grant to follow the footsteps of a great Italian merchant,Marco Polo, who was ...
  • Kenny
    Feb 04, 2018
    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. I've read other books he's written, and he's...
  • Kartik
    Dec 18, 2017
    The year is 1987. A young William Dalrymple, not yet a travel writer of international renown, sets off on a journey to retrace the journey Marco Polo took in the 13th century, from Jerusalem to the fabled East Asian capital of Kublai Khan, over land. In Xanadu is an account of his t...
  • thereadytraveller
    Nov 03, 2017
    In Xanadu is a superb first travelogue by William Dalrymple, which describes his 1986 retracing of Marco Polo's 15-year journey from Jerusalem to Inner Mongolia in present day China. Dalrymple's amazingly ambitious journey via the Silk Road is a sheer delight to read and provides a wea...