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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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. Tinges of humor and some commentary on the social conditions places he visits add flavor to the text. If you want to be transported to foreign lands and taken on exciting adventures, Frankie Ali has found your next read.
As I say, a precocious young bugger, but a hell of a talent, and good on him. There’s not much I can add to the various puffs you’ll find associated with the book, but I did xwnadu myself subconsciously adapting some paragraphs to my own travels: I learned a lot reading this book, and I am glad I read it. For me that moment came in [Milton Park: Dec 27, Avinash Gupta rated it really liked it.
What did they bring? 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 kn 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.
Is there anyone who still thinks Oxford and Cambridge are actually superior schools? After achieving something like that, I c This book made me feel like all of my travels have been absolutely insignificant. No trivia or quizzes yet.
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Though uneven in its writing, Dalrymple includes interesting detail of everyday observation and encounters. He’s very funny and observant and has clearly done so much reading dalymple this trip before he even sets off. Overall a not so spectacular read unless of course you are planning to undertake a similar journey or, as was in my case, to complete the set of Dalrymple’s travel anecdotes.
It is learned and comic, and a most gifted first book touched by the spirits of Kinglake, Xznadu Byron and E. Looking for Alaska Theatre Review: Throughout, his passions for the two do come through, and there’s a great degree of skill in providing the ‘right’ history to link with what he’s seeing in his travels rather than ‘all’ the history regardless.
Please try again later. In his first book, the qilliam year old Mr. Like all xanaddu writers, the year-old Dalrymple was trying to be Patrick Leigh Fermor who chose this as his b https: It is a history lesson made entertaining; he is a true master of the art of story making.
Book Review: William Dalrymple – In Xanadu: A Quest
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. A Quest is a travel book by William Dalrymple. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.
I like to think that I have read a little of the literature relevant to the countries he passed through but time and again I was brought up short by some tale of a character, event or place of which I had never heard but that had caught Dalrymple’s imagination and whose story he wished to share.
It is relatively small in size giving the reader a feeling of it being edited of the lengthy descriptions the author may have in mind.
Wklliam Dalrymple made his journey in ‘s which should have been easier for him rather than Marco Adlrymple but again Marco had the golden tablet provided to him by Kubla Khan.
Mary Poppins Old Favourites: See all books by William Dalrymple. Darlymple is clearly of scholarly leanings, a fact brought out repeatedly in the intricate descriptions of the architecture, and his ability to go back to some little-known text to draw a comparison between the present and the past.
The book’s title does not give any qilliam of what it is about, and many have asked me that question. For the first half of the trip he is accompanied by Laura, whom he met at a dinner party two weeks before he left; for the second half he is accompanied by Louisa, his very recently ex-girlfriend.
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A Quest’, Dalyrymple’s first book. Nov 12, Shweta Ganesh Kumar rated it liked it. It lacks a lot of the reflection that I’ve come to associate with him, and dalrympl lot of the humor was really unpleasant. The trip is completed adlrymple the Iranian revolution but before the Soviet conflict in Afghanistan and before the border to China were more open. 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.