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.)