Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Review: The Lost City of Z By: David Grann

The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the AmazonThe Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Has history ever been written so well - I don't know when I was last so engrossed in such a tale and mostly in part by the way the author writes this amazing exploration.
The Lost City of Z has claim lives from the time explorer Percy Fawcett first hints at the possibility of it's existence on one of his treks into the Amazon. Like a fever, he must return. Part biography of this complicated man, part history of the amazing time of exploration - especially that of the Amazon begins this book. Somewhere along the way, as the reader, you can understand the 'Fawcett Fever' that has given way to many that long since the original 1925 expedition entered the jungle searching and few have come back. The author included. Mr. Grann immersed himself and thereby you with long ago notes and private letters, with diaries from those that knew these men or the men themselves.
This book is so beautiful and adventurous, so well written and gripping - one would think it was fiction. Fawcett's obsession lead to his disappearance and the disappearance of many after him, but what has been recently found was a greater treasure then I think he even could have imagined. Definitely worth reading!

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