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The Lost City of Z by David Grann
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Feb 03, 12

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Read from December 12 to 24, 2011

It was a bit slow at times, but for the most part I was enthralled by the story. Who wouldn't be fascinated by a journey into a jungle that seems to actively want to kill us? All the while, the explorers are convinced that civilization managed to make it in this environment.
This book tells the story of one man's obsession with finding El Dorodo, and an intrepid reporter who tries to follow in his footsteps.
I loved the details of the history of exploration, the inner workings of the Royal Geographic Society, and the deadly maladies that are inflicted on those who explore the forest.
Occasionally Gran goes into too much detail and spends too much time retracing the journey. Without a proper understanding of amazon geography, it was a bit meaningless.
Still, the book is worth reading. It paints of picture of the endurance of humanity, and the balance we must strike with nature. The natural world may be beautiful and amazing, but it is also harsh.

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