Title: The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon
Author: David Grann
Release Date: February 24, 2009
Genre: Non-Fiction, History
Source: Personal Copy
Rating: 4 out of 5
David Grann discusses the search for the lost city of “Z” in the Amazon, as well as the stories of the many explorers that became obsessed with finding it. He starts his own quest in order to determine what happened to the explorer Percy Fawcett, who disappeared in the Amazon in 1925.
I had heard a lot of great things about The Lost City of Z by David Grann, so when I was at Politics & Prose Bookstore with Rebecca of The Book Lady’s Blog for an author event (see my post about it), I decided I was going to pick it up. I didn’t leave it languishing on the TBR pile long, though, and read it a few weeks later.
I really enjoyed The Lost City of Z. This isn’t really an archaeological mystery; instead, it’s the tale of Percy Fawcett, and the puzzle of what happened to him after disappeared in the Amazon. As the book progresses, the reader can tell that Grann is getting more and more sucked into the obsession with the Lost City of Z. It’s funny that a lot of people’s interest in this subject starts with Fawcett, but ends up fixating on “Z.” Grann falls prey to that, even as he is describing it happen to others in the book.
Grann’s descriptions are really incredible in The Lost City of Z. He does an amazing job of vividly depicting the Amazon jungle, with such detail and clarity that the reader should have no trouble imagining the setting in their head. In fact, at times he does it too well – after reading this book, any illusions about an extended trip to the Amazon have been shattered, between the bugs and flesh eating fish!
I have to admit, even when I started this book I knew deep down that the ending wouldn’t satisfy me. I’m not happy when everything isn’t neatly wrapped up into a package (preferably with a little bow on top!) and I just knew that wasn’t possible with this book. Imagine my surprise, then, when I was really happy with the ending. True, all loose ends aren’t tied up, but Grann does a great job making the reader feel content with how The Lost City of Z ends.
I enjoyed The Lost City of Z and am really glad I picked it up and didn’t put off reading it! It was an entertaining and rewarding read and I definitely recommend it.