Marco Polo Didn't Go There: Stories and Revelations from One Decade as a Postmodern Travel Writer (Hardback)Rolf Potts (author)
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Marco Polo Didn't Go There is more than just an entertaining journey into fascinating corners of the world. The book is a unique window into travel writing, with each chapter containing a "commentary track"--endnotes that reveal the ragged edges behind the experience and creation of each tale. Offbeat and insightful, this book is an engrossing read for students of travel writing as well as armchair wanderers.
Publisher: Travelers' Tales, Incorporated
Number of pages: 344
Weight: 355 g
Dimensions: 204 x 131 mm
Intrepid and thoughtful, he's a Paul Theroux for the backpacker
generation, and Marco Polo reflects this."
--San Francisco Chronicle
"This hilarious collection of stories provokes because Potts asks the
serious question of how to travel in a discovered world. ...If you aspire
to be a travel writer, read this book."
--The Guardian (U.K.)
"Potts isn't so much a travel reporter as a story teller. ...He's more
about getting under the skin of a place -- detailing a cast of characters
that would either enthrall or scare the hell out of most travelers,
depending on where they come down on the trust-paranoia continuum."
--Orange County Register
"An equal mix of humor and enlightenment...Potts shows travelers and
would-be travelers the joy of immersing oneself in a foreign culture."
--St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Best Books of 2008"
"Potts, Internet raconteur and travel-advice sage, is the kind of guy you
wish the pubs had more of: well traveled, generous with funny stories,
eager to listen to yours. You feel envious that you weren't with him in
Cairo to share the convivial squalor of a backpacker hotel, or at an
Indian ashram to study Tantric sex, or even in the Libyan Desert, in the
dark, out of water and lost. And he's able to draw insights from all that
without draining the fun out of the conversation -- difficult to carry off
in a pub or a book."
--The Washington Post
"Armchair travelers will get an enormous kick out of this thoroughly