The Lost City of Z

The Lost City of Z

David Grann / Apr 09, 2020

The Lost City of Z subheading A Legendary British Explorer s Deadly Quest to Uncover the Secrets of the Colonel Percy Harrison Fawcett the inspiration behind Conan Doyle s novel The Lost World was among the last of a

  • Title: The Lost City of Z
  • Author: David Grann
  • ISBN: 9781847394439
  • Page: 235
  • Format: Paperback
  • subheading A Legendary British Explorer s Deadly Quest to Uncover the Secrets of the Colonel Percy Harrison Fawcett, the inspiration behind Conan Doyle s novel The Lost World, was among the last of a legendary breed of British explorers For years he explored the and came to believe that its jungle concealed a large, complex civilization, like El Dorado Obsesubheading A Legendary British Explorer s Deadly Quest to Uncover the Secrets of the Colonel Percy Harrison Fawcett, the inspiration behind Conan Doyle s novel The Lost World, was among the last of a legendary breed of British explorers For years he explored the and came to believe that its jungle concealed a large, complex civilization, like El Dorado Obsessed with its discovery, he christened it the City of Z In 1925, Fawcett headed into the wilderness with his son Jack, vowing to make history They vanished without a trace.For the next eighty years, hordes of explorers plunged into the jungle, trying to find evidence of Fawcett s party, or Z Some died from disease and starvation others simply disappeared In this spellbinding true tale of lethal obsession, David Grann retraces the footsteps of Fawcett and his followers as he unravels one of the greatest mysteries of exploration.

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        David Grann is a staff writer at The New Yorker magazine He has written about everything from New York City s antiquated water tunnels to the hunt for the giant squid to the presidential campaign The Lost City of Z A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the , published by Doubleday, is Grann s first book and is being developed into a movie by Brad Pitt s Plan B production company and Paramount Pictures Grann s stories have appeared in several anthologies, including What We Saw The Events of September 11, 2001 The Best American Crime Writing, of both 2004 and 2005 and The Best American Sports Writing, of 2003 and 2006 A 2004 finalist for the Michael Kelly award for the fearless pursuit and expression of truth, Grann has also written for the New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, the Wall Street Journal, The Weekly Standard, and The New Republic Before joining The New Yorker in 2003, Grann was a senior editor at The New Republic, and, from 1995 until 1996, the executive editor of the newspaper The Hill He holds master s degrees in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law Diplomacy as well as in creative writing from Boston University After graduating from Connecticut College in 1989, he received a Thomas Watson Fellowship and did research in Mexico, where he began his career in journalism He currently lives in New York with his wife and two children.


    1. We’ve all been wrong on this whole rainforest issue. We don’t need to SAVE the rainforest. We need to DESTROY the rainforest. Immediately. I knew that the was a hostile environment, but I was really shocked at the variety of horrific ways that the jungle will kill a person. You’ve got your standard malaria and yellow fever. Then there’s the piranha, the electric eels, the anacondas, the coral snakes or the poisonous toads that are so toxic that one of them could kill a hundred people. S [...]

    2. Be careful when you pick this book up. You won’t want to put it down. In 1925, Percy Harrison Fawcett, armed with information only he had unearthed, accompanied by his son, his son’s best friend and a small company of bearers and support personnel, headed off into the ian wilderness in search of a large, ancient, fabled city, the City of Z. Fawcett, his son, Jack, and Jack’s friend, Raleigh, were never seen again. There were many attempts by later explorers of varying levels of expertise t [...]

    3. ”How easily the can deceive.It 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 F [...]

    4. A terrific adventure story, full of suspense and intrigue and lots of historical detail to keep the reader interested. I am not really a reader of adventure strories but every now and again one comes along that catches my interest and when a trusted Goodread's friend recommend this I just had to give it a try and see exactly what the Lost City of Z was all about.In 1925, British explorer Percy Fawcett and his son journey into the jungle, in search of what for centuries Europeans believed the ju [...]

    5. This will make you feel like a kid again! It will ignite a Jonny Quest kind of desire for adventure, to dive into the jungle in search of lost worlds.This will also quench 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 myth:Famous British explorer Percy Harrison FawcettA military man [...]

    6. Reading this book helped clarify one of my life goals, which is TO NEVER GET STRANDED IN THE JUNGLE.Seriously, that place would kill me. There's the threat of piranhas, electric eels, venomous snakes, vampire fish, vampire bats, disease-carrying mosquitoes, dangerous spiders, poisonous plants and about a hundred other scary things. I fear the jungle because I respect it.* I also respect those who have set out to explore the jungle — many of whom have died or disappeared. Some of those folks a [...]

    7. I picked up this book and was immediately lost between the covers and could not stop reading until I had finished the entire thing. That's how good this book is.The author sets forth the story of Colonel Percy Harrison Fawcett, a British explorer who in 1925 set out on an expedition to the to find what he had named the "lost city of Z." He was convinced that an ancient and "highly cultured" people lived in the of Brazil, untouched by modern civilization, and that they lived in a great city in [...]

    8. Rating: 4.5* of fiveThis review has been revised and can now be found at Expendable Mudge Muses Aloud.Real-life Indiana Jones doesn't come back from this one. 2017 Movie News: Go watch the trailer for this Studios film. I'll wait. Okay, now go read the Rotten Tomatoes aggregation. Won't take long.Now. A four-plus star book review from me and a host of other sources, agreement among critics from Den of Geek all the way to The Nation, and a cast of pretty, pretty actors. the fact that it's an St [...]

    9. Incredible reviews, national best seller, interesting subject matter, well written, extensively researched and yet it did nothing for me. EPIC FAIL. Not sure why but I had a hard time getting through it without falling asleep every other page. Too many details, too many names, too many stories, too much repetition (I get it, the is incredibly dangerous). The first half just dragged and dragged. I am glad that I made myself finish it otherwise I would have nothing positive to say. I will admit a [...]

    10. I wish this book would have been fiction so the reader would find out the ending. It seems to me that the story begins over and over but there is no closure.

    11. What a great read. For really the first time I understood the fascination with the phrase 'armchair traveller.' In other circumstances, I always thought it was somewhat absurd to think that reading about a thing was as fun as doing it. In this case, it was a lot more fun to read about it than to do it. Pit vipers, swarms of biting insects, interminable wet, death by maggotsd in all of it, a frustrating mystery. At its heart, this is a story of the search for a magnificent civilization in the hea [...]

    12. You can see how someone, perhaps someone who goes by the alias of Kemper, would read this book and come to the conclusion that we need to destroy the rainforest immediately (see review and comments that follow for a glimpse at the behaviors of peoples who have never before come into contact with sarcasm). Seriously though, as noted in my review of Candice Millard's The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey, and further evidenced in reading this tale, the jungle is a punishing, dan [...]

    13. The Lost City of Z by David Grann is exceptional book that I can altogether recommend to every variety of reader. This well-rendered and deeply researched biography of Percy Fawcett, centers on his all consuming obsession with the Lost City of Z (evidence of a great but forgotten jungle civilization), the international fever that follows his mysterious disappearance and some of the more exciting tidbits of Grann’s journey to piece together Fawcett’s tale.The book is unrelenting in its portra [...]

    14. A question for my nonfiction-loving friends: what is it you love about nonfiction?I ask this question not because I have an inherent dislike for the factual, more that I find fiction much more compelling, readable, and entertaining. It’s why I’ve switched to taking in the bulk of my nonfiction through audio: I just find it easier to get through in that medium. Still, I like to take the occasional foray into reading my nonfiction. With The Lost City of Z, then, I’m confused as to what I mak [...]

    15. THE LOST CITY OF "Z" is an amazing adventure in the jungle. It also chronicles the history of exploration and various attempts to discover a "lost city." David Grann is a superb writer and I enjoyed this book immensely.

    16. Excellent engaging read of a quest of a quest. Grann, a non-athletic journalist in New York, becomes obsessed with the obsession of an early 20th century British explorer, James Fawcett, with the uncharted areas of the near the boundaries of Bolivia and Brazil. His fame for several expeditions between 1905 and 1915 skyrocketed to nearly Airhart proportions when he disappeared with his son and his friend on a 1925 journey into the vast Mato Grosso wilderness of Brazil in search the ruins of an a [...]

    17. The jungle is super scary ya'll. I havent had this many gross out moments since i read "The Illustrated History of Cannibalism." So there is no way you will get to the end of this book without being wildly impressed at the abilities of PJ Fawcett and what he was able to do and when he did it. No radios, violent (rightfully so, btw) Indians, no modern medicine, and yet he helped mapped thousands of miles never mapped before in the middle of a jungle.Likewise you will be equally disgusted to learn [...]

    18. Two stars is probably generous. The rating stems from having known but little about the rainforest from an experiential point of view. Had I even taken more than a few trips to the National Zoo's only-slightly-muggy version largely without free-roaming pestilence, my rating would probably have been lower. So expectations and foreknowledge are everything here. The more you already know about what a godforsaken wasteland the is (from a nontropical, industrialized, rocking-chair, artisanal beer-s [...]

    19. Don't you think the magic is gone from this world? There's nothing left to explore or discover. And if I were to pack a backpack and trek off into the rain forest in search of a city made of gold and possibly the fountain of youth, you'd institutionalize me.But not Percy (F'ing) Fawcett, the guy whose mustache and zeal for adventure more than makes up for his sissy first name. He's the real-life Indiana Jones. A treasure hunter, not an archaeologist (and by the way, it's clear to me now that In [...]

    20. This is kind of an odd accomplishment: an adventure book that will make you really really glad your not an adventurer. Grann's descriptions of Fawcett et al trampling through the amazonian rainforest with their crass, (often racist) imperialist delusions of grandeur and discovery are often gut-wrenching. Skin peels off in sheets, everyone gets malaria, parasites, maggot infections (shudder), gangrene, etc. Trekking through unspoiled tropical jungles is utterly horrifying, you basically just turn [...]

    21. The most dangerous moment in my highly amateurish hiking career was when I fell a little behind my friends and then fell off a mountain path. Fortunately, I was holding a rope and did not roll down the cliff into the rocks below. Unfortunately, my friends couldn't hear me screaming for help. I held on tight, calmed myself, and climbed back on to the path.It scared the living daylights out of my mom when I told her, even though I was clearly still alive as I told the story.So you can bet that my [...]

    22. Percy Harrison Fawcett (1867 – 1925?)Books To Read Before The Movie Comes Out (Rest of 2016/Early 2017)O subtítulo ”Uma História de Obsessão Mortal Passada na Amazónia” conjuga e sintetiza de uma forma primorosa a temática do livro de David Grann (n. 1967) ”A Cidade Perdida de Z”.”A Cidade Perdida de Z” é um livro de não-ficção – lê-se como um romance de aventuras – que se centra na vida do explorador inglês Percy Harrison Fawcett (1867 – 1925?) e na região da Ama [...]

    23. That obnoxious . It likes to monopolize and dominate the jungle. Although one might be led to believe that there would be an abundance of everything where such a mighty force exists, the truth is exactly the opposite. As David Grann puts it himself: It’s the great “counterfeit paradise”. I couldn’t agree more. will starve you. will desiccate you. And finally, will obliterate you. Because, simply put, doesn’t care for you. It’s a green desert. Unfit for human civilization.Take the [...]

    24. 3*. Well that was interesting! For most of the book I thought Percy Fawcett (the explorer whom the book is about) was probably a complete wack-a-doodle. At the end of the book, maybe only partially a wack-a-doodle but you do have to be somewhat obsessed to keep going back into that environment looking for a fabled "Lost City". I cannot fathom trekking into the jungle in our times with modern technology let alone in the 1920's when Fawcett did it. It is not a place I would ever desire to experie [...]

    25. Brilliant. This is a new classic of the narrative nonfiction genre.The prose is vivid and intoxicating, and he weaves together 2+ threads, seamlessly--with the Fawcett thread dominant, as it should be, yet given fresh life with the mingling of the contemporary thread.I was drawn in from the start, but oddly enough, I REALLY got fascinated when he got to the developing field of cultural anthropology, and the fights over whether the people in the were "noble savages" or just "savages," or stupid [...]

    26. The story of "Colonel" Fawcett, and his explorations of the were once world known. Fawcett was searching for a legendary city in the jungle. He began his explorations in the 19th century. In the Victorian Age exploration was done by amateurs, and the field of anthropology was in its infancy. Fawcett's trips were financed by the Royal Geographic Society in London. Fawcett was relentless, driving his family into bankruptcy. On his final trip in 1925, he and his son, and a third man, disappeared.T [...]

    27. I felt really sorry for these guys because they didn't have DEET! BUGSBUGSBUGSBUGSBUGS!!!! :>0

    28. Do you remember the first time you saw "Raiders of the Lost Ark?" Because I do. In fact, I remember clearly that I didn't want to see it. The name sounded silly, and I had no clue what it was about. Visions of pirates and space creatures clouded my judgment. Luckily, my friends dragged me in by majority vote and I emerged from the theater two hours later, exhilarated, endlessly curious about early human cultures, and determined to live a more exciting life. And it stuck. Years later, I stood in [...]

    29. This author was on the Colbert show a few nights ago. Even though Steven wouldn’t give the poor guy a chance to talk, the story seemed right up my alley so I picked up the book the next day. Isn’t that why authors appear on talk shows, so that numb-nuts like me will rush to Borders?Percy Harrison Fawcett was the real-life explorer whose adventures Arthur Conan Doyle drew upon for his 1912 novel ‘The Lost Word.’ While Fawcett did not find a South American plateau populated with dinosaurs, [...]

    30. Shortly after I finished this book, the BBC World Service reported that a Brazilian man who advocated for small farmers, natives, and the rain forest was murdered. He was shot five times in the head while biking with his wife. The same report made reference to the 2005 killing of an American nun, a murder that Grann mentions in his book. What the news report drove home was the idea that the is still a dangerous place, just not exactly in the same way it was during Fawcett’s time. Instead of [...]

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