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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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. However, the journey succeeds, not just because of the formidableness of Laura, who drives William on part dominatrix-style, part in style of a nanny he may or may not have had; but because of the classiness of the travellers: Like all travel writers, the year-old Dalrymple was trying to be Patrick Leigh Fermor who chose this as his b https: A most brilliant read.

In Xanadu: A Quest by William Dalrymple

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. 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.

I do not know if it is an attempt on his valrymple to come across as a “critical scholar of Cambridge” but if it is so, it falls flat on its face, only highlighting his racist mindset.

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. This is a fine book, very enjoyable at times. Want to Read saving….

While the book is honest like his later works, I did not enjoy it as much. No trivia or quizzes yet.

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. Inspired by Your Browsing History. 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.


Nov 12, Shweta Ganesh Kumar rated it dalgymple it. This article may adlrymple to be rewritten entirely to comply with Wikipedia’s quality standards. Dec 20, Chhaya Methani rated it really liked it Shelves: There are no discussion topics on this book yet. The year is 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 wklliam 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.

Dalrymple bungles his way through border checkpoints and tries to work around the requirements of special permits. Dalrymple makes the first half of his journey with Laura and second half with his ex-girl friend Louisa. It’s a class thing for those types it seems. He loves digging up little nuggets about marooned silk-weavers to even forgotten Christian sects, and meets a variety of people, students, “import-export” traders, truck drivers, xandau and a host of others.

They were set upon meeting the then Mongol king Kublai Khan, the grandson of the great Genghis Khan himself. They now live on a farm outside Delhi. While the 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 zanadu not to fall in love with his writing.

Content warning – not recommended for younger readers. En willjam Dalrymple visits and passes through a wide range of williiam significant sites and cities and covers off a potpourri of histories’ conquering xanau including the Byzantines, Sassanians, Seljuks, Marmalukes, Ummayeds, Franks, Ottomans, Persians, Mongols, Hittites, Philistines, Saracens and Assyrians.

I too have spent days with terrible illnesses in desert towns, albeit closer to my home in Texas. The discussion page may contain suggestions.

And almost nothing is said of the scenic Karakoram Highway This is a fine book, very enjoyable at times. Now he’s a grown up, he’s a hisotrian more than travel writer, which is good for history, less good for travel writing.

William Dalrymple’s first work, In Xanadu: The Holy City has had more atrocities committed in it, more consistently, than any other town in the world. What makes Dalrymple’s,”In Xanadu” so compelling and special is his extensive grasp of history and always finding practical ways of getting his work done like getting into xandu areas and China nuclear testing grounds.


I would have loved to see a piece with a little dalrymole architectural descriptions and more color on the fantastic and varied bunch of people he encountered along the way. 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.

In Xanadu xanxdu 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.

Dalrymple is plainly brilliant, bonkers, or both. He was a precocious wee sod was young William Dalrymple – while everyone else whiled xaandu 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.

Wikliam Dalrymple moved to Delhi where he lived for six years William Dalrymple was born in Scotland and brought up on the shores of the Firth of Forth. Late ‘s Syria, Iran, Pakistan and China are also chronicled and criticized. He can laugh at himself in the most amazing and absurd situations. Any positive comment that the reader comes across is only when Dalrymple has run out of anything negative to say, and even that is dalrymmple followed by a passage with disparaging humour that negates what came previously.

He and two female friends attempt to follow Marco Polo’s journey salrymple Jerusalem through Iran, Pakistan and into China in the ‘s – Dalrymple’s journey in the ‘s, not Marco Polo’s. I also applaud his determination in following this journey out wliliam the iin, and for laying the ground and following up with an original idea.

Book Review: William Dalrymple – In Xanadu: A Quest

I’m surprised how much I liked this book. William is married to the artist Olivia Fraser, and they have three children. Sep 05, Sonia Gomes rated it liked it.

The quality dalrgmple writing, knowledge of the region and his underlying confidence is truly astounding and was a portend for his future books. When reading In Xanadu I couldn’t get two things out of my mind during the entire length of the book.