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This is a fabulous biography. The author beautifully evokes life among the nomads of the Gobi in the 12th and 13th centuries. I felt I had truly come to know this contradictory and elusory person and came to have even greater respect for the sweep and magnificence of his achievements.
I think the book would fire the imagination of any teenage boy with its tales of derring-do and violent heroic clashes, particularly since the Khan was only 13 when he became the ruler of his clan. As for me, I listened as long as I could each time, and was sad when the saga finished.
The reader immediately summons up the glory of days gone by, and even though I though he was a bit too much at the beginning, I quickly came to appreciate that he was telling a tale set in heroic times, and his voice gave a depth to the book that simply reading it might have lacked. Also, I admire his tireless pronounciation of all of the names of the heros and the tribes.
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I had trouble finishing this one, but I did. I had purchased this book with no research, so I didn't notice its age. It was only after I got into it, when I realized how weighty the text was, that I went back and researched it to discover when Harold Lamb wrote it--1927. In that perspective, the style makes sense, but anyone like me, used to modern "entertain with science" writing might find it thick.
Still, I'm glad I bought it, as I know have a much better knowledge of an exciting time.
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