Messer Marco Polo

by Donn Byrne


Imagine the kingdom of Asia sifted through the Celtic imagination and you might think of Irish author Donn Byrne’s Messer Marco Polo, written in 1921. Audiobook producer Stefan Rudnicki and acting legend Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., were reminiscing one day about favorite childhood books, and they both recalled Messer Marco Polo as one of the best. Young Marco Polo meets Kubla Khan, the King of Siam, and St. Paul, and falls in love with the beautiful Golden Bells. After her magicians save him from death in the desert, he stays and marries her. Following her death, Polo returns to Venice as an old man.

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