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The Lost City of Z

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Staff Review: "The Lost City of Z" by David Grann


This is a true life adventure about searching for a lost city in the Amazon.  Does it get much better then this?!  I had never heard of Percy Fawcett and his many attempts to locate the lost city of Z.  It became an obsession for him and for many others who tried to follow.  The Amazon rainforest becomes one of his deadliest foes, and I for one, after reading the descriptions of the rainforest, am not planning a vacation there anytime in my lifetime.  With that being said, by the end of the book I was ready to go and find Fawcett and his lost city.  I became as caught up in the story of the lost city of Z as much as anyone else had.  This book is written well and the additional pictures help connect you to these real life adventurers.  It is always interesting to try to understand the obsessiveness and hubris that causes humans to search for lost cities, be the first to climb Mt. Everest or reach the Poles.

Audience: adults | Genre: nonfiction

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