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The Lost City of Z: A Legendary British Explorer's Deadly Quest to Uncover the Secrets of the Amazon

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Colonel Percy Harrison Fawcett was the last of a breed of great British explorers who ventured into ‘blank spots’ on the map with little more than a machete, a compass and an unwavering sense of purpose.

In this spellbinding true tale of lethal obsession, David Grann retraces the footsteps of Fawcett and his followers as he unravels one of the greatest mysteries of exploration. At times, I had to remind myself that everything in this story is true: a movie star really was abducted by Indians; there were cannibals, ruins, secret maps, and spies; explorers died from starvation, disease, attacks by wild animals, and poisonous arrows; and at stake amid the adventure and death was the very understanding of the Americas before Christopher Columbus came ashore in the New World. In this, he was following along in the footsteps of numerous expeditions from the first in 1928 to the last one in 1996, all of which ended in failure and led to perhaps 100 deaths.Many died due to new infectious diseases, which may have been carried by some of their usual indigenous trading partners, rather than directly by Europeans. Raleigh, whose father had been a surgeon in the Royal Navy, was also a muscular young man, known to have a joyful and clownish nature.

El libro está muy bien ya que cuenta los viajes a la selva y los terribles padecimientos que sufrieron los expedicionarios según se cuenta en los diarios de los protagonistas, pero no es una historia novelada. Caused by a parasite transmitted by sand flies, it destroys the flesh around the mouth, nose, and limbs, as if the person were slowly dissolving. What could be better--obsession, mystery, deadly insects, shrunken heads, suppurating wounds, hostile tribesmen--all for us to savor in our homes, safely before the fire.As no one even arrives at the jungle until nearly 80 pages in, this book even fails as a member of the nature-as-monster genre. In 1925, amid a great flurry of media attention, he, his young son, Jack, and Jack's schoolfriend, Raleigh Rimell, set off to locate Z. What I enjoyed most about Grann’s account is that he reveals his protagonist’s flaws along with his idolized characteristics. I keep finding justifications for my (primarily) solitary life of reading and writing—as if I needed any further convincing.

The ancient city of Z" an advanced civilization that many believed to have once inhabited the jungle. Fawcett también estaba obsesionado con esta búsqueda, en este caso, la ciudad de Z, al escuchar a los indios rumores sobre una antigua civilización.

There was one description that made me shiver: ”Espundia, an illness with even more frightening symptoms.

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