Friday, April 30, 2010

About The Lost City of Z

Our May Featured Book of the Month is a true adventure story! In The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann, renowned British explorer Percy Fawcett embarked on an expedition deep into the Amazon jungle in 1925, vowing to make archaeological history by locating an undiscovered ancient civilization he called the Lost City of Z. He was never heard from again ...

While researching a story, The New Yorker writer David Grann stumbled on a reference to Fawcett's role in inspiring Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's 1912 novel, The Lost World. Intrigued, Grann began reading as much as possible about Fawcett and became fascinated by his idea of Z. Armed with information uncovered in Fawcett's private diaries and logbooks, he headed into the Amazon, determined to discover the truth about the explorer and his fatal mission--despite his utter lack of outdoorsmanship, his terrible sense of direction, and the knowledge that over 100 "Fawcett Freaks" had perished in the jungle before him ...

Did Fawcett find Z? Did Grann find Fawcett? Let's read and find out!

Next week, I'll post more information about author David Grann. And in the weeks to come, I'll post some discussion questions and a related reading booklist. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy The Lost City of Z. Your comments are always welcome!

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