Percy Fawcett was a Victorian-minded explorer in the early 20th century.hunter-gatherer residents, huge deadly snakes, man-eating fish and insects bearing horrible diseases.
New Yorker writer David Grann's new book chronicling Fawcett's explorations, The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon, proves several things. One, Percy Fawcett was certifiable. Two, I'm not so sure about David Grann. And three, there really was a "Lost City of Z", but Fawcett was blinded by Victorian notions of what cities looked like and thus unable to see it when he was standing in its ruins.
A fascinating book, The Lost City of Z's film rights have been bought by Brad Pitt, who will undoubtedly spend some horrific time in the Amazon rainforest and come back with a fabulous movie.
Read my book review of The Lost City of Z, and please feel free to add your own review
- The Lost City of Z, my book review
- The Lost City of Z, David Grann's official website
- Lost Cities of the Amazon, the NatGeo video about Fawcett and Michael Heckenberger's archaeological research into the Amazon's civilization
- "The Lost City of Z", Grann's original article in The New Yorker, 19 September 2005
- The Lost City of Z: Random House
- Cinematical: Brad Pitt's 'The Lost City of Z' Gets Cooking, 10 December 08