It is an adventure story of the deadly Amazon forest. A perfect thriller for all age groups. There are two stories. First being the real life story of Victorian explorer Percy Harrison Fawcett. He was a member of the Royal geographical society. He was the explorer of the gone days when the world was pretty unknown. He started his career in the British military in Ceylon even though he came from a modest family. But he got fame as the great explorer in the regions of thick forest and rivers. The entire book is about the adventures and faithful expeditions. The expeditions took place in the places where there was no communication and civilization. Most parts are unknown and the story explains the darker side of the tribal people. How people fight with the dangerous species of animals and deadly species reptiles, anaconda and other creatures.
Fawcett and the people accompanied him seemed to face the death constantly. Moreover they lost hundreds of men during the entire journey. As the time went he succeeded even though others failed to live. Other side of Fawcett is he was like a Forrest Gump during his time. His stories are often compared with the great people like Arthur Conan Doyle, Mark Twain, Ian Fleming, Mary Pickford, Charles Darwin, TE Lawrence, Indiana Jones, Winston Churchill and H. Rider Haggard. Entire story highlights the last expedition of Fawcett where he developed a hypothesis that there existed a great civilization in the Amazon region. He named the city as Z.
Grann's second tale is the story about himself. He describes himself as an unlikely adventurer with not particularly being athletic, a normal middle-aged staff writer for The New Yorker. But often Grann get caught in the course of researching the story written in the book. He leaves all his comfortable city life, his wife, and his small son to enter the thick Brazilian jungle. Like so many others, he tries to find out what exactly has happened to Fawcett and if Z really existed. Following Grann's progress between the chapters about Fawcett one of the most amazing yet shocking aspects of Grann's expedition is how much the Amazon has changed since Fawcett took the expedition. Grann doesn't go discussing deep on the ecological ramifications. But still the juxtaposition is disturbing.
Author is a staff writer for the New Yorker. He brought the story of Percy Fawcett while doing research for another project. Before the author being found himself totally consumed by the Fawcett He talked about himself about traveling to Brazil in an attempt to find out what exactly happened to Percy Fawcett, along with him about his son Jack and Jack's best friend Raleigh Rimell. Before considering ‘The Lost City of Z’ author met with members of the Fawcett family and collected a cache of Percy's personal papers that were left unpublished. All these documents allowed Grann to gain a remarkable insight into the character and thought processes of his subject. The way he has struggled to bring about the information is amazing. He must be a real hard worker.
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