Saturday, April 25, 2009

The Lost City of Z

Dogged. David Grann presents parallel accounts of expeditions to the Amazon in his new book, The Lost City of Z. Most of the book presents Percy Fawcett, a British explorer, and his early twentieth century treks into uncharted depths of the Amazon. Grann supplements those expeditions with background information on the ups and downs of Fawcett’s life. On Fawcett’s 1925 expedition in search of El Dorado, which he called Z, neither he nor his son, Jack, returned. Other explorers who tried to retrace Fawcett’s journey also never returned. The parallel story is Grann’s own obsession with Fawcett and in trying to find out what happened, and where the city of Z might be. Unlike Fawcett who trained to be an explorer and who thrived in the wilderness, Grann hadn’t even spent time camping. There’s drama in both these stories, and Grann presents them with fine writing, backed by solid research. Better than most fiction thrillers, you’ll want to keep turning pages to find out what happens.

Rating: Three-star (Recommended)

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