The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Another review I read of this book was disappointed that it didn’t resolve in the way they had hoped: with the author finding Z, or at least, Percy Fawcett, the explorer who devoted his life to searching for El Dorado. Frankly, I don’t understand that way of thinking. The guy is a writer, not an archaeologist. And by the end of the book, you realize he’s not going to get any definitive answers to his quest. But he gets just enough answers that the reader is satisfied, and grateful to be taken along for the ride.
I have to mention that this is probably the fastest I have ever read a work of non-fiction. The pacing is so similar to a thrilling novel, with short chapters, skipping back and forth between historical accounts of Fawcett’s explorations and the author’s own efforts to find evidence of what happened to the lost explorer. So of course, I have nothing but the strongest recommendation to seek this one out. You’ll have trouble putting it down.
I’m not sure what I’ll be reading next. We’re heading off to Ireland shortly, so I probably won’t get around to reviewing anything till we return anyway.