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The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon review î 103 ☆ In 1925 the legendary British explorer Percy Fawcett ventured into the jungle in search of a fabled civilization He never returned Over the years countless perished trying to find evidence of his party and the place he called “TheIn 1925 the legendary British explorer Percy Fawcett ventured into the jungle in search of a fabled civilization He never returned Over the years countless perished tr. ”How easily the can deceiveIt begins as barely a rivulet this the mightiest river in the world mightier than the Nile and the Ganges mightier than the Mississippi and all the rivers in China Over eighteen thousand feet high in the Andes amid snow and clouds it emerges through a rocky seam a trickle of crystal water”By the time it reaches the ocean the estuary of the river at the mouth is 202 miles wide A trickle becomes one of the mightiest forces on the planet Colonel Percy Fawcett the legend that launched a thousand explorersCandice Millard in her book about Theodore Roosevelt’s trip through the summed it up nicely ”The rainforest was not a garden of easy abundance but precisely the opposite Its uiet shaded halls of leafy opulence were not a sanctuary but rather the greatest natural battlefield on the planet hosting an unremitting and remorseless fight for survival that occupied every single one of its inhabitants every minute of every day”David Grann the author became fascinated with Colonel Percy Fawcett after he stumbled upon a treasure trove of his journals He wasn’t alone Thousands have also found his story fascinating; hundreds have been so inspired by him as to go into the ian jungle in search of him their heads dancing with visions of being the next Henry Morton Stanley to find a famous missing explorer There are as many visions of what El Dorado looks like as there are explorers to look for itOn his final journey to the in 1925 Fawcett was determined to finally find El Dorado or the City of Z as he liked to call it but hedisappeared without a trace Not that it is difficult to disappear in a jungle as dangerous as the Everything from the most microscopic insect to infections to pumas are trying to kill you not to mention the local tribesmen who may think you are interesting enough to let live or even interesting to roast on a spit There was one description that made me shiver ”Espundia an illness with even frightening symptoms Caused by a parasite transmitted by sand flies it destroys the flesh around the mouth nose and limbs as if the person were slowly dissolving ‘It develops intoa mass of leprous corruption’”So why do ian explorers insist on trying to conuer such an inhospitable place Because it is thereBut also because there are people who feel an itch so intense that they have to go somewhere as far away from people as possible ”Indeed some might say that explorers become explorers precisely because they have a streak of unsociability and a need to remove themselves at regular intervals as far as possible from their fellow men” I resemble that comment but my solution is less glamorous I’m likely to descend into the bowels of my library and let my books take me to Istanbul Manchu Picchu Gettysburg or even yes to places as inhospitable as the I can navigate the river without coming down with some hideous infection or being drained dry by a vampire bat because my arm flopped outside the netting in the middle of the night or feel the sting of a poisonous arrow puncturing my neck My martini stays dry and at the proper temperature too Besides the desire for discovery Fawcett was fortunate to have an iron constitution While other members of his party were dropping like flies from a host of illnesses or injuries he just marched on He lost several key years to the trenches of WW1 and when he emerged from the war to start finding funding for his final trip he discovered that his patron the Royal Geological Society was broke He had to find financing elsewhere America beckonedFawcett believed in small parties rather than large heavily armed parties for exploring the He had a rule that I think said a lot about his character but also about his depth of wisdom ”Die if you must but never kill” Unlike other European and American explorers he was not in love with his guns He was there to explore and discover not conuer Percy’s son Jack Fawcett looking very fit for his venture into the jungleDecades after his final dispatch from the jungle Fawcett’s wife and remaining family he took his teenage son Jack with him continued to believe that one day he would emerge from the jungle with a tale so epic that only Homer could tell it properly Grann too like so many others before him became infatuated with what became of Fawcett He is not made in the same mold as Fawcett or really any explorer He is short pudgy and not athletic but he is helped by some modern conveniences that Fawcett would have snickered at the prospect of using If you so dare strap on your machete and hack your way through the with Fawcett and see if the jungle will eat you or make you into a legend ”Those whom the Gods intend to destroy they first make mad” The movie was released April 17th 2017 I have not had a chance to watch it yetAs a companion volume I would recommend reading Candace Millard’s eually fascinating book The River of DoubtIf you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews visit also have a Facebook blogger page at

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Spellbinding stories of Fawcett’s uest for “Z” and his own journey into the deadly jungle as he unravels the greatest exploration mystery of the twentieth centur. After reading KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON I was desperate for nonfiction and especially David Grann Well THE LOST CITY OF Z did not disappoint The joy of Grann's writing isn't just in the sense of action and adventure he offers in his works but the incredible reportage and detail he puts into each of his books Fawcett a man larger than life and one who might seemingly be impossible to capture in the antiuated medium of the written word comes alive like few other historic characters I have come across His adventures into the in the early 20th century had my inner explorer feeling jealous and envious—that is until I came across the vivid descriptions of the horrors that awaited all explorers to this remote section of the worldDuring Fawcett's time the was truly the last uncharted area on the map of the world and in some ways this is still the case in our present day Once thought of as an impenetrable and harsh world of greenery and things that will kill you certain brave souls went searching for lost worlds and hidden treasures And while Fawcett was certainly no gold hunter his mounting obsession with the lost city of Z had me truly wondering just what could be out in that dense and surprisingly delicate land of life As with all of Grann's works it is the mystery of the unknown that lurks at the heart of the story what is possible what is out there and can we reach it Grann attempts to answer all of these uestions in his book and does so in such a way that it becomes one of the most thrilling and exciting nonfiction books I've read recently I highly recommend this book for fans of Indiana Jones early 20th century history stories and just those tired of sitting on their lounger at home and wondering whether or not they should drop everything and run off into the jungle Hint PROBABLY NOT A GOOD IDEA TO RUN OFF INTO THE JUNGLE

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The Lost City of Z A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the AmazonYing to find evidence of his party and the place he called “The Lost City of Z” In this masterpiece of narrative nonfiction journalist David Grann interweaves the. This will make you feel like a kid again It will ignite a Jonny uest kind of desire for adventure to dive into the jungle in search of lost worldsThis will also uench 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 mythFamous British explorer Percy Harrison FawcettA military man with an athlete's physiue and a cast iron constitution Fawcett made the perfect explorer As fortune would have it he lived in a time and place where conuering the last of our Earth's unknowns was in high fashion Victorian EnglandI've read a few of these sorts of books and I've come to expect the unavoidable asides After all to take this book as an example there is always going to be to the story than just one man trying to find one lost city The Lost City of Z is fattened by many an aside discussing the myriad of Victorian era explorers who threw themselves into harm's way for glory and adventure It was almost like a game to them a great race to see who could get there first be it the depths of the jungle or the arctic poleAuthor David Grann juggles these stories well never dropping the main story at least no than necessary to incorporate the interesting details from these off shoot tales that help the reader to better understand the mindset of the times or to underscore the perils of such treks into the unknownIn the process of putting this book together tracking Fawcett became Grann's adventure However it turned out to be one shared by many Fawcett went on numerous South American explorations with varying degrees of success and always emerging though slightly worse for wear in relatively good health compared to the many who perished along the way However after disappearing into the jungle one last time with his son and a friend in tow on this occasion Fawcett disappeared forever In the years that followed finding Fawcett became a new kind of sport that swept the world Many expeditions set out to find and bring the man back dead or alive As you read The Lost City of Z you begin to form the opinion that dead is the only possible outcome for anyone foolish enough to set foot in the jungle Grann's descriptions of the jungle's deprivations felt to me like watching a David Attenborough nature program in Feel o visionevery sting bite and virulent disease feels like its invading your body I itched unconsciously at every mention of the ubiuitous insects I swore my skin creeped and I could feel a fever coming on So if you've got Indiana Jones aspirations this is the cure