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Book 71 of 80

November 16, 2010

With every number, we’re getting closer to the end! And it’s midway through November now…can’t believe it’s been almost a year already…

I’m now in Brazil!

I picked up this book six or seven months ago and have been holding on to it to read for this country. It’s The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann. The book takes an in-depth look at the story of Percy Fawcett – a Victorian explorer (the best, many would say), who set out with his son to find the city of Z (or El Dorado) in the Amazon and vanished without a trace.

The author himself ventures into the deadly Amazon, armed with recently uncovered documents, to see if he can be the one to discover either what happened to Fawcett or the lost city that Fawcett was seeking.

Unexplored territories? Explorer politics? Natives  secluded from the outside world? Anacondas and deadly venomous plants? Piranhas? Flesh eating diseases? Doesn’t this book sound awesome??

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  1. Mome Rath permalink
    November 17, 2010 12:19 am

    Awesome! This is one of the two books for Brazil that I would have recommended. Between this book and The River of Doubt, I learned an awful lot about exploration and fights for survival in the Brazilian rainforest. I also gained an appreciation for Brazilian surveyor Candido Rondon (who gets mentioned very briefly in The Lost City of Z, but is featured more prominently in The River of Doubt). Hope you have fun reading this book!

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