Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Review: Lost City of Z

My sister and I were at one of the national bookstores recently, and as she was checking out, she noticed a book near the register.  The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon (Vintage Departures) caught her eye, especially because she has an interest in visiting the Amazon. The clerk told her it was a great book, so she added it to her purchases.

A few days later, she told me the book was awesome and that I had to read it, because she wanted to talk about it with somebody.  But, she didn't want to give up her copy, so she'd buy me my own.  She tried to buy it for my Kindle, but you can't gift Kindle books, so she decided to loan me her copy.  She dropped it off, but I've become spoiled by my Kindle, so I bought it myself and downloaded it.

The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon (Vintage Departures) is one of the best books I've read in quite a while!  It is fascinating and kept me turning pages as often as I could sneak a few minutes away to read.  It is a non-fiction account of explorers of the Amazon, most specifically Percy Fawcett who disappeared many years ago, and all those who attempted to find him.  The story moves back and forth between the early/mid 1900's and modern day.

Usually, I don't like that, but David Grann made it work very well in this book.  The stories of the explorers were vivid and detailed!  While it didn't make me want to explore the Amazon, it did make me yearn for adventure.  I actually loved how he moved between his own story of exploring the Amazon and reports of Fawcett and other explorers from the past.

Grann is a great storyteller and I found myself thinking this would be a fun read aloud for the boys!   If you're looking for an interesting story, full of factual events you may never have heard about, I highly recommend The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon (Vintage Departures).  I'm sorry that I finished it, because I didn't want it to end!

Disclosure: I bought this book myself, and nobody asked me to write about it! 

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