''Literature/TheJourneyer'' is an historical novel by ''Creator/GaryJennings'', first published in 1984. It follows the life and travels of Marco Polo, from his life in Venice as the son of a wealthy (if absent) merchant, across the Middle East and Asia, then through China and back to Venice.
Some tropes associated with the novel include:
* ADateWithRosiePalms : Frequently, when he's younger. Referred to by the UnusualEuphemism "the priest's war." (Five against one).
* AnythingThatMoves : Nostril. A memorable scene includes the use of his namesake for such goings on.
* ArcWords : "Beware the bloodthirstiness of beauty."
* BatmanGambit : Marco's revenge in the last third of the book.
* BedTrick : Princesses Moth and Sunlight.
* BeenThereShapedHistory : Including inventing the bomb. Although it this case, it's probably Justified, as Marco Polo is an historical figure.
* ColdBloodedTorture : Apparently in medieval China, it was both a trade and an ''art.'' Try to hold onto your lunch during the scenes with The Death of A Thousand.
* DisappearedDad : Marco's father has been gone a long time, due to his work as a traveling merchant.
* DoorStopper : The paperback runs about 1100 pages.
* FreeRangeChildren : Marco's mother died when he was seven, and his traveling merchant father was gone for many years at a time, leaving wee Marco to roam the streets of Venice with a pack of orphans.
* AManIsNotAVirgin : Discussed, and as a result of the teasing, Marco has a distressing encounter with Malgarita.
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane : Mordecai.
* MightyWhiteyAndMellowYellow : Both played straight and averted, although Hui-Sheng is a mellow version of the ManicPixieDreamGirl.
* StreetUrchin : Doris and her brother Ubaldo.
* TwinCest : Biliktu and Buyantu.
* WhereDaWhiteWomenAt : Zia Zulia and her lover, Micholo the boatman. It's more scandalous [[spoiler: When they run off together]] because he's a slave. Marco seems to wish them well.