Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Thing 1's Book 3: The Lost City of Z

Book 3 for Thing 1 was recommended by Sarah Dowdy from the Stuff You Missed in History podcast.  Before I delve into the book, I want to encourage you to check out Stuff You Missed in History if you don't already know about it.  It's a podcast from howstuffworks.com about, well, stuff you probably didn't learn about in history class.  It's always interesting, often funny, and you'll probably learn something.  What else could you ask for?

Anyway.  The Lost City of Z came from Sarah. By David Grann, it recounts the story of Colonel Fawcett.  Fawcett believed there was an ancient city deep in the heart of the Amazon and he wanted to find it.  Eventually, he went on an expedition to find Z and never returned.  David Grann wanted to find out what happened to Fawcett.  He returned.

So what did I think?  Well, it was good.  I was happy I had read The Lost World before I read this since Fawcett's story partly inspired Conan Doyle.  It made the Lost City of Z seem somewhat familiar to me.  Fawcett was an interesting character and was fascinating to learn about.  Grann did well in breaking up Fawcett's story with his own to keep things moving.  His writing was also good, it kept me engaged in the story.

My only problem with the book was that I often found it hard to keep everything straight.  I gave up trying to keep it all together after a short while and just enjoyed the book.  I'm not sure if I would have enjoyed it more or gotten more from it if I had everything sorted out or not.  There was a lot going on and a lot of names and tribes to keep track off.  Oh, and sometimes, Grann went a little further than I would have liked in describing some of the health issues the explorers faced.

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