Book Review: The Lost City of Z by David Grann

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“The Lost City of Z” by David Grann (web­site) is a non-fiction account of the author’s trip to Brazil fol­low­ing the foot­steps of pre­vi­ous explor­ers. The book is part char­ac­ter study, part his­tory, part arche­o­log­i­cal and part adven­ture story.

  • 352 pages
  • Pub­lisher: Doubleday
  • ISBN: 0385513534

My rat­ing for The Lost City of Z — 5

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I have vis­ited the Ama­zon region way back in 1992 and have enjoyed my adven­tures there immensely. I’m glad I did it in my early 20’s, I don’t think that I’d have the time or the for­ti­tude for such a trip, even though, to be hon­est a few days in the jun­gle did me some good (I hope, some of the more descrip­tive con­se­quences of being in the jun­gle which can be dis­cov­ered decades later left me a bit leery).

Which is why I read “The Lost City of Z” by David Grann, pos­si­bly reliv­ing my youth­ful adven­ture? I actu­ally wish I would have read these books before going, I would have appre­ci­ated what I was doing much more, even though get­ting stung by fire ants would still have sucked with or with­out the knowledge.

Man of la Gator??? (circa 1992)
At the Pan­tanal Region of the Ama­zon

The book tells about Grann’s fas­ci­na­tion with “Z”, a myth­i­cal city men­tioned by famed explorer Percy Har­ri­son Faw­cett. Mr. Faw­cett dis­ap­peared in the Ama­zon region and left no clue as to where he was going. The oppo­site is true, at the time explor­ing was a com­pet­i­tive field and he actu­ally left false infor­ma­tion think­ing that some­one else might beat him to find the lost city.

Percy Har­ri­son Fawcett

This com­pelling book brings together two col­or­ful tales of adven­ture. The chap­ters alter­nate between a his­tory les­son on Faw­cett, the Ama­zon and the Royal Geo­graph­i­cal Soci­ety and the author’s research, per­pe­tra­tions and finally the trip itself.

Faw­cett starts off as a heroic fig­ure, but ulti­mately ends up as a tragic one. He puts his life, fam­ily and for­tune with his focused obses­sion, how­ever he looked at the trees and ulti­mately missed the forest.

The end­ing of the book left me dumb­founded – I must do more research on the infor­ma­tion pre­sented, espe­cially in the last chap­ter. That infor­ma­tion that Michael Heck­en­berger dis­cov­ered could lit­er­ally change the his­tory we think we know and our appre­ci­a­tion of the Indian tribes liv­ing in the area.

So tell me, do you like read­ing books about places you visited?

Percy Faw­cett was a British explorer who dis­ap­peared in the Ama­zon region look­ing for a lost city which he named “Z”. Many explor­ers have tried trace his foot­steps and even find him while his leg­end kept on liv­ing and grow­ing larger.

David Grann, an Amer­i­can jour­nal­ist, decided also to try his luck, but instead of gath­er­ing equip­ment and bull­doz­ing ahead, he first did some amaz­ing research and what he found is astounding.

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Zohar — Man of la Book
Dis­claimer: I bought this eBook.

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