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The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon
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 the Amazon.
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I knew that the Amazon was a hostile environment, but I was really shocked at the variety of horrific ways that the jungle will kill a person. You’ve got your standard malaria and yellow fever. Then there’s the piranha, the electric eels, the anacondas, the coral snakes or the poisonous toads that are so toxic that one of them could kill a hundred people. Sti ...more
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 Fawcett...
A military m ...more
The author sets forth the story of Colonel Percy Harrison Fawcett, a British explorer who in 1925 set out on an expedition to the Amazon to find what he had named the "lost city of Z." He was convinced that an ancient and "highly cultured" people lived in the Amazon of Brazil, untouched by modern civilization, and that they lived in a gr ...more
Seriously though, as noted in my review of Candice Millard's The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey, and further evidenced in reading this tale, the jungle is a punishing, dan ...more
The book is unrelenting in its portraya ...more
It scared the living daylights out of my mom when I told her, even though I was clearly still alive as I told the story.
So you can bet that my ...more
But not Percy (F'ing) Fawcett, the guy whose mustache and zeal for adventure more than makes up for his sissy first name.
He's the real-life Indiana Jones. A treasure hunter, not an archaeologist (and by the way, it's clear to me now t ...more
Percy Harrison Fawcett was the real-life explorer whose adventures Arthur Conan Doyle drew upon for his 1912 novel ‘The Lost Word.’ While Fawcett did not find a South American plateau populated with dinosaurs, he did ...more
But there's a part of me that would have also wanted to rush out looking for him. And that' ...more
In the Twenties, explorer Percy Fawcett wandered into the jungles of the Amazon to find the Lost City of Z, aka the ancient civilization, El Dorado. He was obsessed with the concept of this hidden civilization, and spent years researching and studying before embarking on his journey. But what happened? We know that most of his team d ...more
Because no one really and truly knows what DID happen to Fawcett and his son in their last Amazon region in 1925, a large amount of the book is filler. Fawcett's British colonial background, his early years, other explorations, his family, his involvement in the Royal Geographical Society and the colonial and imperialist mix that was current in the late 19th and early 20th century in England . ...more
This is an amazing story, with many amazing, but horrifying human destinies, about the search for a mysterious, ancient city. The lost city of Z.
The problem with this book was that during the first half, I didn't really care for Fawsett and his son. It's because the book handles too many destinies. I was blinded by every disappearance, and it ceased to affect me the way I had expected. Unfortunately. The book gained some speed half way through, but I'm afraid it isn't enough to m ...more
yes, that's all I originally wrote. What the heck was I thinking :(
------------------here's what I wrote elsewhere
I rather imagine that "The Lost City of Z " is going to be in my Top 10 Reads of 2009. I say this because it's a book that has so much going for it: Adventure, Mystery, Tantalizing Facts... not to mention that it is well written.
The book is about Sir Percy Fawcett. A member of the Roy ...more
I don't know about you, but when I lived in New York, my life WAS my office job. That is, talking about sales forecasts, writing up spread sheets and cursing Excel when I couldn't copy/paste from one cell to another, and being encouraged to think of ways I could improve the company while knowing I could be laid off at any minute. All so common, and all such a snore. Now, even my exciting life in Italy is still tedious at times, albeit for different reasons ...more
Ultimately, I'm conflicted about the book. As a ripping yarn, ...more
i think i most enjoyed the descriptions of the difficult nature of amazonian exploration. the bugs, the maggots, the disease, harsh nature of the terrain. grann b ...more
The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon, published by Doubleday, is Grann’s first book and is being developed into a movie by Brad Pitt’s Plan B production company and Paramount Pic ...more