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The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon 4 stars This is the third book I ve read by David Grann I enjoy his journalistic and research oriented writing style He knows how to weave a yarn and draw the reader in I was captivated by this story of one man s obsession with finding the lost city of Z Colonel Percy Harrison Fawcett is an intrepid explorer who mapped areas of South America previously unknown to Europeans Only Indian tribes lived there, some very hostile and with good reason Many had been enslaved by the Spanish conqui 4 stars This is the third book I ve read by David Grann I enjoy his journalistic and research oriented writing style He knows how to weave a yarn and draw the reader in I was captivated by this story of one man s obsession with finding the lost city of Z Colonel Percy Harrison Fawcett is an intrepid explorer who mapped areas of South America previously unknown to Europeans Only Indian tribes lived there, some very hostile and with good reason Many had been enslaved by the Spanish conquistadores many others had been murdered According to Grann s research, Fawcett was impressive physically and seemed to never tire During his South American ventures, Fawcett heard tales of El Dorado, an ancient civilization in the , where The Great Lordgoes about continually covered in gold dust, as fine as ground salt According to legend, there were also groves of cinnamon trees in the kingdom, a spice that was highly valued at the time The Incan empire had at one time consisted of nearly two million square kilometers and was peopled bythan ten million Discoveries like this fueled Fawcett s obsession of finding El Dorado, which he called Z.Grann delves into Fawcett s past, his marriage to Nina, a very cultured daughter of a magistrate in Ceylon, his exploits in South America, his service as a Lt Colonel during World War I, and his dealing with spiritualists, including the controversial Madame Blavatsky What I enjoyed most about Grann s account is that he reveals his protagonist s flaws along with his idolized characteristics Some of the bad include his surly nature after spending time with his family, his preference for his son Jack over his other two children, and his tendency to intimidate men he considered physically inferior or not up to his standards On these long treks into the , even the slightest injury could prove fatal Fawcett would prefer to abandon men rather than lose time taking them to a neighboring village to be cared for Fawcett s almost infallible constitution, his courage, the dignity and respect he almost always shows the Indian tribes are just a few of his most highly idolized attributes.In April 1925, Fawcett entered theaccompanied by his twenty one year old son, Jack, and Jack s best friend, Raleigh Rimell Jack, as fit and muscular as Fawcett, seemed to his father the ideal explorer s companion Raleigh, whose father had been a surgeon in the Royal Navy, was also a muscular young man, known to have a joyful and clownish nature As their journey is well underway, Raleigh suffers from an infected foot and becomes despondent and gloomy Fawcett begins to worry that Raleigh will keep him from his goals He takes him aside, encouraging him to return with the guides I want to whisper in Raleigh s ear, Go , to shout in his dreams, Leave Raleigh has written to his brother, Two s company Three s none Jack is like his father, turned on and energetic with the adventure Raleigh has no desire for glory or fame and longs for a small business and to settle down with a family While writing this book, Grann pursues his own journey into the heart of theI would have been disappointed had he not mentioned thes current state, it s decimation, the difference between Fawcett s time and now Grann writes, I kept looking out the window, expecting to see the first signs of a fearsome jungle Instead, the terrain looked like Nebraska perpetual plains that faded into the horizon When I asked Taukane where the forest was, he said, simply, Gone A moment later, he pointed to a fleet of diesel belching trucks heading in the opposite direction, carrying sixty foot logs What destiny does Fawcett meet in the jungle I was impressed by Grann s research and his attention to detail As well, he is thorough I felt like I was getting a full picture of Fawcett, the man, and explorer, as well as insight into early twentieth century events The ending felt a little contrived but suits Grann s particular storytelling method Above journalistic and research oriented, Grann is above all, a grand storyteller Reading this book helped clarify one of my life goals, which is TO NEVER GET STRANDED IN THEJUNGLE.Seriously, that place would kill me There s the threat of piranhas, electric eels, venomous snakes, vampire fish, vampire bats, disease carrying mosquitoes, dangerous spiders, poisonous plants and about a hundred other scary things I fear the jungle because I respect it I also respect those who have set out to explore the jungle many of whom have died or disappeared Some of those Reading this book helped clarify one of my life goals, which is TO NEVER GET STRANDED IN THEJUNGLE.Seriously, that place would kill me There s the threat of piranhas, electric eels, venomous snakes, vampire fish, vampire bats, disease carrying mosquitoes, dangerous spiders, poisonous plants and about a hundred other scary things I fear the jungle because I respect it I also respect those who have set out to explore the jungle many of whom have died or disappeared Some of those folks are the subject of David Grann s fascinating book, The Lost City of Z Grann himself became a bit obsessed with the , hoping to discover what happened to the British explorer Percy Fawcett, who went missing in thein 1925 Fawcett had been searching for an ancient civilization, nicknamed Z, and after he disappeared, dozens of people also went into thetrying to find him and the lost city Some never returned This book is part travelogue, part history, part outdoor adventure I really enjoyed reading it even though descriptions of the jungle are terrifying and I m looking forward to watching the movie that is based on this book This is the third Grann book I ve read this year I also recommend Killers of the Flower Moon and The Devil and Sherlock Holmes and I ve become such a fan of Grann s work that I ll happily read his future books Now if you ll excuse me, I m going to go buy some antivenom and mosquito nets JUST TO BE SAFE Note Another great and terrifying book about thejungle is Candice Millard s The River of Doubt Highly recommended.Meaningful Passage For nearly a century, explorers have sacrificed everything, even their lives, to find the City of Z The search for the civilization, and for the countless men who vanished while looking for it, has eclipsed the Victorian quest novels of Arthur Conan Doyle and H Rider Haggard both of whom, as it happens, were drawn into the real life hunt for Z At times, I had to remind myself that everything in this story is true a movie star really was abducted by Indians there were cannibals, ruins, secret maps, and spies explorers died from starvation, disease, attacks by wild animals, and poisonous arrows and at stake amid the adventure and death was the very understanding of the Americas before Christopher Columbus came ashore in the New World A Grand Mystery Reaching Back Centuries A Sensational Disappearance That Made Headlines Around The World A Quest For Truth That Leads To Death, Madness Or Disappearance For Those Who Seek To Solve It The Lost City Of Z Is A Blockbuster Adventure Narrative About What Lies Beneath The Impenetrable Jungle Canopy Of TheAfter Stumbling Upon A Hidden Trove Of Diaries, New Yorker Writer David Grann Set Out To Solve The Greatest Exploration Mystery Of The Th Century What Happened To The British Explorer Percy Fawcett His Quest For The Lost City Of Z In , Fawcett Ventured Into The To Find An Ancient Civilization, Hoping To Make One Of The Most Important Discoveries In History For Centuries Europeans Believed The World S Largest Jungle Concealed The Glittering Kingdom Of El Dorado Thousands Had Died Looking For It, Leaving Many Scientists Convinced That The Was Truly Inimical To Humans But Fawcett, Whose Daring Expeditions Inspired Conan Doyle S The Lost World, Had Spent Years Building His Scientific Case Captivating The Imagination Of Millions Round The Globe, Fawcett Embarked With His Year Old Son, Determined To Prove That This Ancient Civilisation Which He Dubbed Z Existed Then His Expedition Vanished Fawcett S Fate, The Tantalizing Clues He Left Behind About Z, Became An Obsession For Hundreds Who Followed Him Into The Uncharted Wilderness For Decades Scientists Adventurers Have Searched For Evidence Of Fawcett S Party The Lost City Of Z Countless Have Perished, Been Captured By Tribes Or Gone Mad As Grann Delved Ever Deeper Into The Mystery Surrounding Fawcett S Quest, The Greater Mystery Of What Lies Within 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really a reader of adventure strories but every now and again one comes along that catches my interest and when a trusted Goodread s friend recommend this I just had to give it a try and see exactly what the Lost City of Z was all about In 1925, British explorer Percy Fawcett and his son journey into thejungle, in search of what for centuries Europeans believe A terrific adventure story, full of suspense and intrigue and lots of historical detail to keep the reader interested I am not really a reader of adventure strories but every now and again one comes along that catches my interest and when a trusted Goodread s friend recommend this I just had to give it a try and see exactly what the Lost City of Z was all about In 1925, British explorer Percy Fawcett and his son journey into thejungle, in search of what for centuries Europeans believed the jungle was holding secret The ancient city of Z an advanced civilization that many believed to have once inhabited the jungle Unfortunately the party never returned and over the years countless perished trying to find evidence of the party and the place they called The Lost City of Z In this book David Grann traces their steps.I really enjoyed this non fiction read about Percy Fawcett and his obsession and adventures in theI particulary enjoyed how the author weaved suspense, history and geography together in this book and I was entertained as well as educated which really added to my enjoyment of the read.Its an extremely well written and entertaining book and I couldn t help but admire these exporers and their families who risked everything for adventure I think readers who like non fiction and adventure and history will really enjoy this book.I listened to this one on audio and the nattation was excellent but as always with audio I cant help wondering if the hard copy had photos and maps which I would have missed out on in the audio I picked up this book and was immediately lost between the covers and could not stop reading until I had finished the entire thing That s how good this book is.The author sets forth the story of Colonel Percy Harrison Fawcett, a British explorer who in 1925 set out on an expedition to theto find what he had named the lost city of Z He was convinced that an ancient and highly cultured people lived in theof Brazil, untouched by modern civilization, and that they lived in a gr I picked up this book and was immediately lost between the covers and could not stop reading until I had finished the entire thing That s how good this book is.The author sets forth the story of Colonel Percy Harrison Fawcett, a British explorer who in 1925 set out on an expedition to theto find what he had named the lost city of Z He was convinced that an ancient and highly cultured people lived in theof Brazil, untouched by modern civilization, and that they lived in a great city in a valley somewhere He spent years doing research and gathering evidence for the existence of this place in order to get funding for expeditions into Brazil s interior On the 1925 expedition, he took his son, Jack, and Jack s best friend, both eager to be part of a mission that would make history But shortly after they had arrived into thearea, all communications ceased, and while their movements were traced to a point, nothing concrete was ever heard regarding the three explorers Their disappearance, and the publicity following the mission from which they never returned, prompted years worth of explorers trying to locate any trace of Fawcett, his son, and his son s friend, even as late as 1996 Too bad for those left behind, Fawcett, who was facing a lot of competition from others exploring theat the time, and worried that these other explorers might find the lost city of Z before he would, kept his route a very closely guarded secret, so it was pretty much impossible for anyone to go in to either locate bodies, effect a rescue or even trace with any accuracy the steps taken by Fawcett and his group Although Fawcett s wife refused to believe that her husband and son were gone, they had pretty much just vanished off the face of the earth Grann, who writes for the New Yorker, decided to try to find Fawcett s route and discover what had happened to him once and for all This book not only traces Grann s efforts, but takes the reader back into the Victorian period, at the peak of the British Empire, to look at exactly who Percy Fawcett was It also examines old and modern views of the indigenous peoples of theas well as offers a glimpse of the fate of the rain forest in modern times.Simply stunning and superb, I loved this book so much that I pre ordered a copy for when it is released for the general reading public The writing is excellent, the mystery surrounding Fawcett s disappearance is well portrayed, and the amount of effort that Grann went to in his research is very much apparent here If you are looking for something entirely different that will mesmerize you instantly, you cannot miss this book I had never heard about any of this up until now, my curiosity has been sparked enough that I made notes and took down book titles to fill in some holes in my knowledge I cannot recommend this book highly enough, and I would like to thank Doubleday for sending me this book and also those on Shelf Awareness for offering it as an ARC It is an excellent piece of writing This will make you feel like a kid again It will ignite a Jonny Quest kind of desire for adventure, to dive into the jungle in search of lost worlds.This will also quench most desires to ever take one step closer to a jungle Z is supposedly a long lost South American city of a once powerful people Think El Dorado Did it ever really exist Finding out was the self imposed task of an almost legend of a man who lives up to the myth Famous British explorer Percy Harrison FawcettA military m This will make you feel like a kid again It will ignite a Jonny Quest kind of desire for adventure, to dive into the jungle in search of lost worlds.This will also quench most desires to ever take one step closer to a jungle Z is supposedly a long lost South American city of a once powerful people Think El Dorado Did it ever really exist Finding out was the self imposed task of an almost legend of a man who lives up to the myth Famous British explorer Percy Harrison FawcettA military man with an athlete s physique and a cast iron constitution, Fawcett made the perfect explorer As fortune would have it, he lived in a time and place where conquering the last of our Earth s unknowns was in high fashion Victorian England.I ve read a few of these sorts of books and I ve come to expect the unavoidable asides After all, to take this book as an example, there is always going to beto the story than just one man trying to find one lost city The Lost City of Z is fattened by many an aside discussing the myriad of Victorian era explorers who threw themselves into harm s way for glory and adventure It was almost like a game to them, a great race to see who could get there first, be it the depths of the jungle or the arctic pole.Author David Grann juggles these stories well, never dropping the main story, at least nothan necessary to incorporate the interesting details from these off shoot tales that help the reader to better understand the mindset of the times or to underscore the perils of such treks into the unknown.In the process of putting this book together, tracking Fawcett became Grann s adventure However, it turned out to be one shared by many Fawcett went on numerous South American explorations with varying degrees of success and always emerging though slightly worse for wear in relatively good health compared to the many who perished along the way However, after disappearing into the jungle one last time, with his son and a friend in tow on this occasion, Fawcett disappeared forever In the years that followed, finding Fawcett became a new kind of sport that swept the world Many expeditions set out to find and bring the man back, dead or alive As you read The Lost City of Z you begin to form the opinion that dead is the only possible outcome for anyone foolish enough to set foot in the jungle Grann s descriptions of the jungle s deprivations felt to me like watching a David Attenborough nature program in Feel o visionevery sting, bite and virulent disease feels like its invading your body I itched unconsciously at every mention of the ubiquitous insects I swore my skin creeped and I could feel a fever coming on So, if you ve got Indiana Jones aspirations, this is the cure After reading KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON, I was desperate fornonfiction and, especially,David Grann Well, THE LOST CITY OF Z did not disappoint The joy of Grann s writing isn t just in the sense of action and adventure he offers in his works, but the incredible reportage and detail he puts into each of his books Fawcett, a man larger than life and one who might seemingly be impossible to capture in the antiquated medium of the written word, comes alive like few other historic char After reading KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON, I was desperate fornonfiction and, especially,David Grann Well, THE LOST CITY OF Z did not disappoint The joy of Grann s writing isn t just in the sense of action and adventure he offers in his works, but the incredible reportage and detail he puts into each of his books Fawcett, a man larger than life and one who might seemingly be impossible to capture in the antiquated medium of the written word, comes alive like few other historic characters I have come across His adventures into thein the early 20th century had my inner explorer feeling jealous and envious that is until I came across the vivid descriptions of the horrors that awaited all explorers to this remote section of the worldDuring Fawcett s time, thewas truly the last uncharted area on the map of the world and in some ways, this is still the case in our present day Once thought of as an impenetrable and harsh world of greenery and things that will kill you, certain brave souls went searching for lost worlds and hidden treasures And while Fawcett was certainly no gold hunter, his mounting obsession with the lost city of Z had me truly wondering just what could be out in that dense and surprisingly delicate land of life As with all of Grann s works, it is the mystery of the unknown that lurks at the heart of the story what is possible, what is out there, and can we reach it Grann attempts to answer all of these questions in his book and does so in such a way that it becomes one of the most thrilling and exciting nonfiction books I ve read recently I highly recommend this book for fans of Indiana Jones, early 20th century history stories, and just those tired of sitting on their lounger at home and wondering whether or not they should drop everything and run off into the jungle Hint PROBABLY NOT A GOOD IDEA TO RUN OFF INTO THE JUNGLE Incredible reviews, national best seller, interesting subject matter, well written, extensively researched and yet it did nothing for me EPIC FAIL Not sure why but I had a hard time getting through it without falling asleep every other page Too many details, too many names, too many stories, too much repetition I get it, theis incredibly dangerous The first half just dragged and dragged I am glad that I made myself finish it otherwise I would have nothing positive to say I will a Incredible reviews, national best seller, interesting subject matter, well written, extensively researched and yet it did nothing for me EPIC FAIL Not sure why but I had a hard time getting through it without falling asleep every other page Too many details, too many names, too many stories, too much repetition I get it, theis incredibly dangerous The first half just dragged and dragged I am glad that I made myself finish it otherwise I would have nothing positive to say I will admit after trudging through the back story, the intensity took off and my interest was held until the end Unfortunately,than half the book had been begrudgingly read by then To illustrate first half took two and a half weeks, last half took two days Might not have been my thing but I can totally see why others would find it compelling and I did learn some things that I would otherwise not know Apparently, there is a PBS special on Fawcett and this last expedition and I wouldn t mind watching it based on reading this book so evidently it wasn t a total loss Hate to be sexist but it seems that men enjoyed this bookthan women As for me, I must be too practical and without an adventuresome bone in my body because I kept screaming Stop going in to that godforsaken jungle, people Be careful when you pick this book up You won t want to put it down In 1925, Percy Harrison Fawcett, armed with information only he had unearthed, accompanied by his son, his son s best friend and a small company of bearers and support personnel, headed off into the ian wilderness in search of a large, ancient, fabled city, the City of Z Fawcett, his son, Jack, and Jack s friend, Raleigh, were never seen again There were many attempts by later explorers of varying levels of expertise t Be careful when you pick this book up You won t want to put it down In 1925, Percy Harrison Fawcett, armed with information only he had unearthed, accompanied by his son, his son s best friend and a small company of bearers and support personnel, headed off into the ian wilderness in search of a large, ancient, fabled city, the City of Z Fawcett, his son, Jack, and Jack s friend, Raleigh, were never seen again There were many attempts by later explorers of varying levels of expertise to find Fawcett, or at least to learn definitively of his fate Professional writer David Grann joins that horde, armed with little or no experience as an outdoorsman and having his athletic prowess honed by years as a subway riding resident of Brooklyn Not, perhaps, the likeliest starting point He sets out on a strenuous enterprise in an attempt to explain this 80 year old mystery David GrannWhile Grann s book is non fiction, it reads like an H Rider Haggard action adventure novel You will feel palpable excitement as Grann digs up first one then another then another clue as to where Fawcett might have wound up He follows research directions ignored or unsuspected by prior investigators, to great advantage I won t spoil the ending by telling what he does or does not find That is almost beside the point It is the journey that counts here, and part of that journey is the window Grann offers on a part of the history of exploration, the sort of people who were drawn to it, their reasons, their personalities, the effect of their quests or obsessions, depending on their careers, families and on the body of human knowledge We learn also of competing theories about the potential for theto support a large, urban population Grann shows, as well, the challenges, the horrors of trying to traverse one of the most unwelcoming areas on earth This is a very entertaining, very informative and very engaging journey The Film was released in the USA 4 14 17 EXTRA STUFFLinks to the author s personal, Twitter and FB pagesOnce Hidden by Forest, Carvings in Land Attest tos Lost WorldNew York Times January 14, 2012 How easily thecan deceive.It begins as barely a rivulet, this, the mightiest river in the world, mightier than the Nile and the Ganges, mightier than the Mississippi and all the rivers in China Over eighteen thousand feet high in the Andes, amid snow and clouds, it emerges through a rocky seam a trickle of crystal water By the time it reaches the ocean, the estuary of theriver at the mouth is 202 miles wide A trickle becomes one of the mightiest forces on the planet How easily thecan deceive.It begins as barely a rivulet, this, the mightiest river in the world, mightier than the Nile and the Ganges, mightier than the Mississippi and all the rivers in China Over eighteen thousand feet high in the Andes, amid snow and clouds, it emerges through a rocky seam a trickle of crystal water By the time it reaches the ocean, the estuary of theriver at the mouth is 202 miles wide A trickle becomes one of the mightiest forces on the planet Colonel Percy Fawcett, the legend that launched a thousand explorers.Candice Millard, in her book about Theodore Roosevelt s trip through the , summed it up nicely The rainforest was not a garden of easy abundance, but precisely the opposite Its quiet, shaded halls of leafy opulence were not a sanctuary, but rather the greatest natural battlefield on the planet, hosting an unremitting and remorseless fight for survival that occupied every single one of its inhabitants, every minute of every day David Grann, the author, became fascinated with Colonel Percy Fawcett after he stumbled upon a treasure trove of his journals He wasn t alone Thousands have also found his story fascinating hundreds have been so inspired by him as to go into the ian jungle in search of him, their heads dancing with visions of being the next Henry Morton Stanley to find a famous missing explorer There are as many visions of what El Dorado looks like as there are explorers to look for it.On his final journey to thein 1925, Fawcett was determined to finally find El Dorado, or the City of Z as he liked to call it, but he disappeared without a trace Not that it is difficult to disappear in a jungle as dangerous as theEverything from the most microscopic insect to infections to pumas are trying to kill you, not to mention the local tribesmen who may think you are interesting enough to let live or eveninteresting to roast on a spit There was one description that made me shiverEspundia, an illness with evenfrightening symptoms Caused by a parasite transmitted by sand flies, it destroys the flesh around the mouth, nose, and limbs, as if the person were slowly dissolving It develops intoa mass of leprous corruption So why do ian explorers insist on trying to conquer such an inhospitable place Because it is there.But also because there are people who feel an itch so intense that they have to go somewhere as far away from people as possibleIndeed, some might say that explorers become explorers precisely because they have a streak of unsociability and a need to remove themselves at regular intervals as far as possible from their fellow menI resemble that comment, but my solution is less glamorous I mlikely to descend into the bowels of my library and let my books take me to Istanbul, Manchu Picchu, Gettysburg, or even, yes, to places as inhospitable as theI can navigate the river without coming down with some hideous infection or being drained dry by a vampire bat because my arm flopped outside the netting in the middle of the night or feel the sting of a poisonous arrow puncturing my neck My martini stays dry and at the proper temperature, too Besides the desire for discovery, Fawcett was fortunate to have an iron constitution While other members of his party were dropping like flies from a host of illnesses or injuries, he just marched on He lost several key years to the trenches of WW1, and when he emerged from the war to start finding funding for his final trip, he discovered that his patron, the Royal Geological Society, was broke He had to find financing elsewhere America beckoned.Fawcett believed in small parties rather than large, heavily armed parties for exploring theHe had a rule that I think said a lot about his character, but also about his depth of wisdom Die if you must, but never kill Unlike other European and American explorers, he was not in love with his guns He was there to explore and discover, not conquer Percy s son Jack Fawcett looking very fit for his venture into the jungle.Decades after his final dispatch from the jungle, Fawcett s wife and remaining family he took his teenage son Jack with him continued to believe that one day he would emerge from the jungle with a tale so epic that only Homer could tell it properly Grann, too, like so many others before him, became infatuated with what became of Fawcett He is not made in the same mold as Fawcett, or really any explorer He is short, pudgy, and not athletic, but he is helped by some modern conveniences that Fawcett would have snickered at the prospect of using If you so dare, strap on your machete and hack your way through thewith Fawcett, and see if the jungle will eat you or make you into a legend Those whom the Gods intend to destroy they first make mad The movie was released April 17th, 2017 I have not had a chance to watch it yet.As a companion volume, I would recommend reading Candace Millard s equally fascinating book The River of Doubt.If you wish to seeof my most recent book and movie reviews, visit also have a Facebook blogger page at

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