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Marco Polo Didn't Go There: Stories and Revelations from One Decade as a Postmodern Travel Writer (Travelers' Tales Guides) van [Potts, Rolf]
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Marco Polo Didn’t Go There is a collection of rollicking travel tales from a young writer USA Today has called “Jack Kerouac for the Internet Age.” For the past ten years, Rolf Potts has taken his keen postmodern travel sensibility into the far fringes of five continents for such prestigious publications as National Geographic Traveler,, and The New York Times Magazine. This book documents his boldest, funniest, and most revealing journeys—from getting stranded without water in the Libyan desert, to crashing the set of a Leonardo DiCaprio movie in Thailand, to learning the secrets of Tantric sex in a dubious Indian ashram.

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.


  • Editie: Kindle-editie
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  • Printlengte: 346 pagina's
  • Uitgever: Travelers' Tales (1 april 2009)
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  • Taal: Engels
  • ASIN: B0056IJKBQ
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5.0 van 5 sterren Anyone interested in travel should read this. 21 januari 2016
door Luke Campbell - Gepubliceerd op
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Rolf writes in such a way that is believable, that is to say he doesn't take on airs of being a professional - bragging about the number of countries visited and looking at them in the same awestruck manner, rather he makes mistakes and suffers the consequences and allows that to be seen. It's a real book written by a man who has expectations about what travel should be like (as we all do) but allows the experience of the adventure to happen despite his ideals. If Rolf is Luke Skywalker then travel is his Yoda. He attempts at certain times to change his path and force something that he thinks should happen (like studying Buddhist monks in India or hitchiking across Poland), but the country and its people have different ideas. It's a great book and companion to his other book "Vagabonding" and illustrates the points made in his other book in vivid detail.
5.0 van 5 sterren his stories are amazing, he makes you want to get out and ... 26 oktober 2015
door Michael Sandler Inspire Nation Host - Gepubliceerd op
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This book makes me want to travel. TODAY! I just interviewed Rolf Potts for our Inspire Nation Show, his stories are amazing, he makes you want to get out and see the world. He's right, it's often the challenging moments we look back on (and laugh about) the most.

If you have a travel itch, I think you'll love this book. And I'd recommend getting his Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel book as well. I found it incredibly helpful for figuring out how to travel on a dime, and how to build the life you desire. I love it!

Thank you Rolf for your amazing books and sharing your uber-fun adventures! Keep up the great work, and thanks for inspiring us!!!
5.0 van 5 sterren Good Collection From An Excellent Writer 14 januari 2014
door Scott Shorey - Gepubliceerd op
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Rolf writes a travel story well and has a gift for telling the parts that matter. I liked the notes at the end of each story that showed what he left out and sometimes how he "massaged" the facts a little to make a better story but never really strayed from telling the truth. He also has a gift for taking sometimes mundane details and making them interesting simply because it is a mundane detail in a far-off place most people will never visit. A cup of coffee might be a cup of coffee , but if you are drinking it in a place most English speaking people have never been to, or maybe even heard of it can seem very exotic. Potts also has a gift for self deprecation and showing his failures in a positive way that never sounds like pandering. He also seems to be a nice guy. I exchanged a couple of emails with him about travel writing several years ago and he gave good advice and actually responded to my mail. My only complaint about the book is that he left out some of his best stories that are on his web site.
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5.0 van 5 sterren A Great Book by a New Favorite Author 22 april 2011
door J. Williams - Gepubliceerd op
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I can't recall enjoying a book more in a long time. Detractors could point out that this book is just a bunch of his short stories, previously published in travel magazines, thrown together with a few comments. My response would be that this makes it a great book. The original stories were very good, and the commentary pulls away the veil to reveal how things really worked out, the rest of the story, if you will. The short story format makes this a great travel companion, because you can read a chapter during a flight, and put the book down for a day or two without losing a plot thread. When you put all the stories together, you realize that the book is actually about the art of travel and finding joy in life, making it much more than a group of unrelated travel tales.

There's been a rash of so-called memoirs lately being revealed as partially if not fully fiction. One of the hallmarks of the genre is that the author writes himself in as a hero. Rolf, however, exposes himself as just an ordinary guy who likes to travel and see the world. He tells us how the facts would get mangled or trimmed down in order to fit the travel magazine format. He admits to being the victim of thieves, or that several versions of Shangri-La were not as nice in reality as they were in anticipation.

People don't get halos and places don't get gold-plated in this book. Rolf hates to write negatives, but if he didn't enjoy a country or a place, he is straight up about it and explains why. Whether writing about the good, bad, or ugly, it's all told with a dry sense of humor and self-deprecation.

You can't go wrong with this book or his other titles.
1.0 van 5 sterren Book missing many pages 29 mei 2017
door CTcustomer - Gepubliceerd op
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This book was missing pages 244 through 252 and pages 257 through 310. This book was for a college course.