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After stumbling upon a hidden trove of diaries, acclaimed New Yorker writer David Grann set out to solve "the greatest exploration mystery of the 20th century": What happened to the British explorer Percy Fawcett and his quest for the Lost City of Z?
In 1925 Fawcett ventured into the Amazon to find an ancient civilization, hoping to make one of the most important discoveries in history.
For centuries Europeans believed the world's largest jungle concealed the glittering kingdom of El Dorado. Thousands had died looking for it, leaving many scientists convinced that the Amazon was truly inimical to humankind. But Fawcett, whose daring expeditions helped inspire Conan Doyle's The Lost World, had spent years building his scientific case. Captivating the imagination of millions, Fawcett embarked with his 21-year-old son, determined to prove that this ancient civilization, which he dubbed "Z", existed. Then he and his expedition vanished.
Fawcett's fate, and the tantalizing clues he left behind about "Z", became an obsession for hundreds who followed him into the uncharted wilderness. For decades scientists and adventurers have searched for evidence of Fawcett's party and the lost City of Z. As David Grann delved ever deeper into the mystery surrounding Fawcett's quest, and the greater mystery of what lies within the Amazon, he found himself, like the generations who preceded him, being irresistibly drawn into the jungle's "green hell". His quest for the truth and his stunning discoveries about Fawcett's fate and "Z" form the heart of this complex, enthralling narrative.
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|Durée||10 heures et 4 minutes|
|Date de publication sur Audible.fr||24 février 2009|
|Éditeur||Random House Audio|
|Type de programme||Livre audio|
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The Lost City of Z recounts how Percy Fawcett, his son and his son's friend set off into the Amazon rainforest in 1925 to find the City of Z, or El Dorado. Fawcett was an experienced and seasoned explorer with incredibly physical and mental resilience against the climate, diseases, bugs and animals the Amazon greeted him with. However, he and his two companions disappeared and despite several search parties, was never heard from again. Rumors were rife as to their fate (death by starvation, murdered by an Amazon tribe, killed by animals, living with an Amazonian community and even existing in a type of parallel universe) but none fully substantiated.
With unprecedented access to Fawcett's private letters, journals and maps, the author, David Grann, sets out on his own treasure hunt to try and find out what happened to Fawcett and whether or not he did find Z- the city of legend. Grann did not only dig in libraries and archives, but went to the Amazon, himself, attempting to find Fawcett's trail. Not an easy feat, as Fawcett kept his exact path secret, hoping to make sure he was not pipped to the post by rival explorer Dr Rice.
Grann's descriptions of the Amazon and the hardships of the landscape actually take you there. You feels his frustration when he hits dead ends.
This does not feel like reading from a history book. Grann alternates Fawcett's journey with his own and also provides background as to why Fawcett felt the need to go on this quest and several before. A great read.
Interweaving the modern-day investigations of the author, and the historic efforts of British explorer Col Fawcett to find the Lost City of Z, it is a compelling, fascinating read. A wonderful mixture of old and new. May the author turn his attentions to other such men who walked off the edge of the map and, if they found not the empires of wonder they aimed for, nevertheless mightily enlarged the hearts and fancies of man and boy alike for ages after.