Krishna Chaitanya M
This book is a conversation between the great ruler, Kublai Khan and the great explorer, Marco Polo. Pages are filled with the imaginations of Marco Polo in describing different cities (or alter images of Venice per-say) he travelled to (or not).
It is difficult to review such books and explain why exactly I like them, still I’ll try. Though repetitive at times, the description of most of the cities are lyrical in nature and the imaginations are very rich. Though most of the chapters may seem like repeating, I re-read couple of chapters just for the joy of that description.
I would recommend this book to anyone who would enjoy poetry for sure and may be abstract descriptions to an extent.
What I like about this book:
Imagination in describing Cities. And it is short book.
Quotes from the book:
“For those who pass it without entering, the city is one thing; it is another for those who are trapped by it and never leave. There is the city where you arrive for the first time; and there is another city which you leave never to return. Each deserves a different name; perhaps I have already spoken of Irene under other names; perhaps I have spoken only of Irene.”
“Arriving at each new city, the traveler finds again a past of his that he did not know he had: the foreignness of what you no longer are or no longer possess lies in wait for you in foreign, unpossessed places.”
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