I read After You Marco Polo for the first time in 2014. I loved traveling with the Shors, Franc and Jean. Their adventure of recreating the Marco Polo travels has no equal. They went to places that are still remote, and they did this at a time that’s never to come anymore (before cell phones, and all the technology we have nowadays).

Bureaucracy though, is the same dog with a different collar. All kinds of travel require different permits, some simple (driver’s license or passport), some more complicated, (visas, etc.)

One word on Jean. She has a peculiar background, (grand daughter of European travelers, one of the archetypes of a Texan woman, the cowgirl type. A girl who was fascinated by National Geographic magazines more than dolls, a teen that preferred horses to ball parties. A woman full of wanderlust.


I do not wish to talk a lot about the book since that will spoil it. All I can say is that Jean Shor writes with humor and wit. Her observations and exchanges, and their adventures, are fabulous, they were as wonderful this time as they were the first time I read it.


This hardcover edition has nice detailed maps corresponding to their trip, and interesting pictures they took themselves, with the story behind them.


After You, Marco Polo, doubles for both of my book challenges, the Back to the Classics 2017, and the Classics Club. (Technically this is not what I’d call a classic, it’s an old book that merits reading, and somehow a unique book from a bygone era, but it is not one of those iconic pieces of literature.)

5 thoughts on “After You, Marco Polo, Take II

    1. No, it is a book for adults, or high school children in their free time. It’s more like the other Halliburton titles, as an aside for those who love travel books.


  1. I read this book after you talked about it on the AO forum, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It may not have the importance of a “classic,” but it’s definitely a little gem of a living geography book. I give it two enthusiastic thumbs up. 🙂

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    1. Let me say, Betty, that I agree with Sarah on it being a gem of a living geography book. What I meant is that I won’t use it for the children in replacement of their options for Marco Polo, and it’s not as complete as The Book of Marvels either for the upper elementary years. Now, at any given time, imo, from grades 8 and up, it’s a good living book that illustrates Marco Polo’s route and the traveling conditions of the Shor’s times, with the Communists gaining power in China and borders.


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