Monday, January 25, 2016

The Lost City of Z

From Goodreads:
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.

After stumbling upon a hidden trove of diaries, New Yorker writer David Grann set out to solve "the greatest exploration mystery of the 20th century": What happened to the British explorer Percy Fawcett & his quest for the Lost City of Z?

In 1925 Fawcett ventured into the Amazon to find an ancient civilization, hoping to make one of the most important discoveries in history. For centuries Europeans believed the world's largest jungle concealed the glittering kingdom of El Dorado. Thousands had died looking for it, leaving many scientists convinced that the Amazon was truly inimical to humans. But Fawcett, whose daring expeditions inspired Conan Doyle's The Lost World, had spent years building his scientific case. Captivating the imagination of millions round the globe, Fawcett embarked with his 21-year-old son, determined to prove that this ancient civilisation--which he dubbed Z--existed. Then his expedition vanished. Fawcett's fate, & the tantalizing clues he left behind about Z, became an obsession for hundreds who followed him into the uncharted wilderness. For decades scientists & adventurers have searched for evidence of Fawcett's party & the lost City of Z. Countless have perished, been captured by tribes or gone mad. As Grann delved ever deeper into the mystery surrounding Fawcett's quest, & the greater mystery of what lies within the Amazon, he found himself, like the generations who preceded him, being irresistibly drawn into the jungle's green hell. His quest for the truth & discoveries about Fawcett's fate & Z form the heart of this complexly enthralling narrative.
For the record-- I don't really  review books.  I don't feel qualified, BUT I do love to talk about them and like to feel part of the book blogging world and this is a good way for me to record my books.
From Me:
I'm glad I read this--- I understand they are making a movie of it to be released this year.  I first learned of this book during Non-fiction November and put it at the top of my 2016 list of books to read.
While sometimes non-fiction is dry and hard for me to read, this kept my interest and spiked my  curiosity of the area of the great explorer.
I saw that one reviewer said it reminded him of Johnny Quest and THAT'S IT EXACTLY!
It was like a wild ride---but true---on my favorite cartoon!
You know what it's about from the Goodreads  summary, but just know that it is Johnny Questish too.
A good read.
3.5 stars.


Kay said...

Johnny Quest - I haven't thought about that cartoon for years. I loved it. Johnny and Haji and their adventures. I've heard good things about The Lost City of Z. And I'll get it read at some point. I'd really like to watch Johnny Quest though. LOL

Katherine P said...

I think I've stumbled on a documentary about this before and found it fascinating. I don't mind my history being a little Johnny Quest-ish - in fact that sounds really fun! This sounds like a good and interesting read.

Literary Feline said...

I remember watching Johnny Quest as a child. :-) This sounds like a great book.

Susan Lindquist said...

I have a hard time with nonfiction, too. I listened to the audio of this book and thought it really good. I wonder who is cast in the movie! It'll be interesting for sure! And yes, Johnny Quest !!!!

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