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The Lost City of Z by David Grann
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Mar 07, 11

bookshelves: 2011-reading-list, nonfiction
Read in March, 2011

This was an interesting summary of one reporter's investigation into the missing Fawcett exploration of the Victorian era. I think the author did succumb to biographer's mania, and ended up a little obsessed with the man; after reading his initial descriptions of the jungle, I can't think of any other reason that would cause him to actually trek into the Amazon (especially since he had zero experience).

It's well written and interesting, but ultimately there's that niggling dissatisfaction. There is no ultimate answer to what happened to Fawcett, not yet anyway and maybe not ever. There's just speculation and theories, and while Grann's hypothesis is well thought out and supported by his own evidence, it's not fact.

Beware of terrifying descriptions of flesh eating maggots, determined explorers, cannibals, kidnappings, and insects like you wouldn't believe.

Recommended for fans of explorers, anthropology, or travel logs.

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