Giovanni da Pian del Carpine
Was it naive to hope for peace with the Khan?
Why is it so much fun to read Medieval travel stories that are at least partly untrue?
Are we looking at a career-obsessed explorer or at a blueprint for Indiana Jones?
Is China really that quirky, or do we sometimes just want things to be a certain way?
Did conservative ethics turn this great adventure story into such a slow read?
Is this just a book about three ladies taking it slow, or is it an epic adventure?
If Fleming is the more gifted writer, then why is this book better than his?