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The Lost City of Z by David Grann
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Jul 26, 11

Read from November 05 to 07, 2009, read count: 1

This book offers so much in so many ways - journeys of adventure, interesting biography, encounters with previously unknown peoples, and a study of the sociological forces driving the famous explorers and their avid enthusiasts at the beginning of the 20th century. But unlike most books of a historical nature, the outcome of the main story in this book remained unresolved, driving author David Grann to set out on his own adventure.

Grann has done a superb job of building visions of the wonders that might lie hidden in the rain forests of the Amazon Basin, but then a startling confrontation with the horrid hardships and dangers that abound there. While Grann fully acknowledges that - with his modern technology and Brazil's friendlier relations with the indigenous people - the hardship he faced was minor compared to that of explorer Percy Fawcett, it was still exciting to experience with him the hope and fear he experienced in trying to follow Fawcett's trail and learn of his fate.

I was pleasantly surprised by the last chapter, which provided a satisfying combination of answers and new questions.

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