The Lost City of Z

I just finished this very engaging book. It is the story of Colonel Percy Fawcett who disappeared into the Amazon jungle in 1925, and the author’s (David Grann) growing obsession to learn what happened to the famous (in his time, not so much in ours) explorer. Grann has produced an interesting and well-crafted hybrid: equal parts character study, adventure story, travelogue and mystery, with a dash of expose on the destruction of native cultures and the rain forest. Perhaps Fawcett is better known in his homeland of Great Britain, but I had never heard of him before. Now I’m glad I’ve gotten the chance to know something about him.

All in all a very enjoyable read.