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The Lost City of Z
The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon | David Grann
A New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, and Denver Post BestsellerIn 1925, the legendary British explorer Percy Fawcett ventured into the Amazon jungle, in search of a fabled civilization. He never returned. Over the years countless perished trying to find evidence of his party and the place he called The Lost City of Z. In this masterpiece of narrative nonfiction, journalist David Grann interweaves the spellbinding stories of Fawcetts quest for Z and his own journey into the deadly jungle, as he unravels the greatest exploration mystery of the twentieth century.From the Trade Paperback edition.
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ImperfectCJ
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I appreciate the way Grann allows the story to unfold by alternating between the earlier explorations of the Amazon and his own. He inserts himself into the narrative more than I prefer, but he's self-aware enough that it's not too distracting. I also appreciate how he neither vilifies nor apologizes for the egotism and Eurocentrism of previous explorers but instead makes his point by juxtaposing their views with those of modern archaeologists.

KCofKaysville @ImperfectCJ Liked the book but not the movie! 3mo
ImperfectCJ @KCofKaysville I didn't know there was a movie. It was bad enough that Tom Holland as Jack and Angus Macfadyen as Murray couldn't save it? Oof, that's bad! 3mo
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ImperfectCJ
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I explored 5 of the 7 bridges on the San Diego Seven Bridges Walk this morning while listening to the tagged book and getting ridiculously sweaty thanks to this heat wave, which seems appropriate while listening to a book about expeditions in the Amazon rain forest.

BarbaraBB Sounds like a great hike! 3mo
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sprainedbrain
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If I‘m going to read nonfiction, this is the kind I need: really good narrative storytelling with fascinating subject matter. Grann does an excellent job weaving his two timelines (Fawcett‘s life leading up to his disappearance in the Amazon in 1925 and Grann‘s own journey to the green hell on Fawcett‘s trail) together. The number one thing I learned: stay the hell out of the Amazon.😱

Great on audio.

#InvolvesAnExploration #Booked2022

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ErinSueMreads Did not know this was a book! I loved the movie! 3mo
sprainedbrain @ErinSueMreads I‘ve wanted to watch the movie for so long… but I stick to my stupid book-first rule. Now I can! 😂 3mo
ErinSueMreads That's hilarious. I have a pretty strict movie-first rule 🤣🤣🤣 3mo
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sprainedbrain @ErinSueMreads that sounds way more fun than my rule. 😆 3mo
ErinSueMreads I'm not spoiler sensitive so I don't have to worry about that and I am ALWAYS disappointed by the movie, so if I watch it first the book adds to something I liked, rather than me hating the movie for taking away things I loved from the book. Figured that out with hunger games. It's not fool proof but I've got like a 90% satisfaction rating on it 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 3mo
KateReadsYA Hey ill be sending you paybacks a witch by early next week! How'd you like witches steeped in gold?? 3mo
sprainedbrain @KateReadsYA I liked it! Which reminds me… @Pogue I sent it your way yesterday. 😃 3mo
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Christyco125
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A great mix of narrative and insightful writing that make this an enjoyable non-fiction. I also appreciated the author giving an account of his own obsession which added to narrative style. But, it also proves the biographies are influenced by the thoughts of the writer as well.
I crossed off another book from my #Booked2022 TBR during this #20in4 readathon. Involves an exploration.

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jlhammar
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Riveting adventure tale and mystery set in the rainforest along the Amazon River. David Grann is one of my favorite writers of nonfiction.

#River #SavvySettings
@Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Eggs Beautiful! 9mo
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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego
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Well that was a fascinating read. In 1925 explorer Percy Fawcett was searching for the lost city of Z in the remote Amazon jungle, never to be heard from again. This book tells of his exploits and the authors quest to trace his steps and find out what really happened to him.

CaramelLunacy I think I have this on Mt TBR somewhere and am digging wildly for it 1y
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Larkken
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This looks a fun proxy for being outside when the wildfire smoke is too much for me! Great idea, @imperfectcj 🔥
1. I want to like tents, but being able to stand upright is clutch. Camper? Cabins are awesome, too...
2. Hazel
3. The tagged is an excellent adventure story and discussion of explorer culture
4. I'd like to read 30 min a day... I've been good on audiobooks but less good about eyeball reading. Too antsy, maybe?
🏕 #litsysummercamp

ImperfectCJ Hazel is a great camp name! And now I have two explorer books added to my TBR during this camp week...so far. :-) Thanks for joining in! 1y
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shadowspeak17
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Here‘s my #booked2021 second quarter wrap up. My favorite was The Lost City of Z. Hummingbird Salamander (my most anticipated) I sadly did not like at all. All the others I gave 3 and 3.5 stars.

#AuthorsFirstNameStartsWithABorC: Elantris
#MusicalInstrumentOnCover: Piranesi
#AntiracismBook: When They Call You a Terrorist
#ContainsPhotos: The Lost City of Z
#NewIn2021: Hummingbird Salamander
#UnderratedOrLesserKnownBook: Swimming in Darkness

Cinfhen Woohoo!!! Don‘t forget to fill out the form♥️You have until midnight, **July 3** to fill out the second quarter form? ?
https://bit.ly/3b7rK1E
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Cinfhen I loved Lost City of Z too!!! It began my love affair with NF!!! Too bad the others were only meh 😕 1y
Zoes_Human I was disappointed with Hummingbird Salamander as well. Loved the idea but the execution fell short for me. 1y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Great job! I see your entry! 1y
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Blueberry
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I quit this the first time I tried to read it but kept it on my tbr because I knew I would read it someday. 4 of 5 stars. Watching and reading it for movie/bookclub.

Larkken Loved this one! Glad it stuck when you restarted it 1y
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IhoardBOOKS
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Fascinating listen about adventure, history, obsession and how incredibly awful humans are to those they decide are inferior to them i.e. those that lived in the Amazon.

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WorldsOkayestStepMom
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Can't concentrate on the audio version. I may pick up the digital or print version later though.

Texreader I found the narrator very monotone to start with and I thought about bailing. It improved, however. as it went along. 2y
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MarkoPDX
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I hope you don't mind me continuing to flood your feed while I log all my books from 2020.

This book is by the same author who wrote [ Killers of the Flower Moon ]. This had adventure and mystery. What happened to this explorer? What happened to those who went looking for him?

#MuseumPlaceBookGroup

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jlowery999
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It has been a while, but my memories of writing a report in school are generally, that it was hard. This is my second Grann book and the thing that impresses me the most is the amount of research he does for his books and the way he can interweave the facts that he has learned into a cohesive story that can be enjoyed. If you're looking for an "answer", you may be disappointed but the story told here is incredibly informative and interesting.

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Texreader
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This is an excellent book about the people & history of the Brazilian Amazon forest through the eyes of Col. Fawcett who thrived there and the modern search for the city of Z & the Fawcetts who never returned, including how people can die in a myriad of horrific ways there & how to prepare human meat (yea). Continually interesting and far better than the movie, which gave an inaccurate & boring portrayal of Fawcett. Narration is a bit monotone ⬇️

Texreader at the beginning of the audiobook but improved. An excellent pick for #foodandlit #Brazil. @Butterfinger @Catsandbooks 2y
Butterfinger I am glad you liked it. 2y
Julsmarshall I loved this one! 2y
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Catsandbooks Sounds like quite an interesting book! 2y
Megabooks I agree about the narration, but David Grann is a great nonfiction writer! 2y
Texreader @Julsmarshall @Megabooks I agree with you both. It was fantastic and Mr Grann did a terrific job! 2y
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Texreader
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Listened to about an hour of the tagged book this morning and did a better job finding food from Brazil this morning. Daughter and I will be trying the açaí bowls shortly. Hopefully the Brazilian bakery shows up at the farmers market tomorrow. #foodandlit #slumpathon #joyousjanuary

Butterfinger I have got to try acai. 2y
Andrew65 Going great. 2y
ElizaMarie This looks great! I hope you enjoy them all! 2y
Catsandbooks Yum! Let me know how the empanadas are! 2y
Bookworm54 I loved this book! And the food looks delicious! 2y
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Sand81
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I found this book fascinating. I enjoyed the jumps in time going from early 1900s preparing for voyages that promised, if nothing else, hardship and adventure to more recent 2005 setting out to discover, not the city of Z, but instead where the 3 adventurers met their possible end. If you take nothing else from this book, you‘ll at least learn that the Amazon has a habit of welcoming explorers and keeping them.

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Texreader
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Started the audio book today and watching the movie now. It is very very slow. Rather bored in fact so posting here on Litsy until it hopefully picks up. #foodandlit #Brazil

mdm139 I liked this one but I liked the lost city of the monkey god better 2y
Texreader @mdm139 Movie, book or both? 2y
mdm139 @Texreader the monkey god is only a book at this time. I think I may have liked the Z movie better than book because it was shorter. 2y
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Tamra I really enjoyed the read. Hang in there?!?!? 2y
Texreader @Tamra So far it‘s good. But I‘m not very far. I like the author‘s style. 2y
Texreader @mdm139 Maybe I did this in the wrong order! I should know to never watch the movie first, right? ☺️ 2y
Butterfinger @Tamra I am with you. I enjoyed the book. I didn't know there was a movie. I'll look for that this weekend. 2y
Tamra @Butterfinger I didn‘t either! 2y
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Texreader
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This audiobook is my second #foodandlit book for #Brazil

I needed an audiobook to follow Bad Blood and this fit the bill. Right up my alley. I‘m a bit worried that I may not like the narrator but hoping for the best.

Butterfinger I liked this book and remembered the Guyana tribe (I may have misspelled it) when I read the nonfiction Saturday. I thought of this book. 2y
Vansa Excellent book. David Grann is a really talented writer. Great movie as well! 2y
Larkken I really liked the book but I haven't tried the audio! 2y
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cozypunk
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While the title is about a geographical place, this turns out to be a biography of Percy Fawcett, a 1900s British explorer obsessed with the Amazon. If you don't want a biography, then skip. If you're into turn-of-the century settings or explorer adventures, give it a go. (Continued in next comment) #dw2020reads

cozypunk ... Overall, I found this deeply interesting but slightly hard to follow. I was transported to another time and place, but it's not memorable enough to recommend *everyone.* I would recommend to readers who are already interested in British history, exploration, or man-made effects on the rainforest. 2y
BoldCityBooks I just finished this book and I agree. The subject matter is interesting but I found it presented in a very monotonous boring manner. 5mo
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KVanRead
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?The Lost City of Z (I can‘t think of a single book I‘ve read that starts with Z!!!)
?Markus Zusak/Émile Zola
? Zack and Miri Make a Porno/Zodiac/Dr. Zhivago/Zombieland/Zoolander
?Ziggy Marley/ZZ Top/Led Zeppelin
?Ziggy Stardust(song and album) - David Bowie/Zoloft - Ween

#ManicMonday #LetterZ

This was such a fun challenge! Thanks to our awesome host!

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KVanRead
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Having finished the book, decided to watch the movie last night and I know you won‘t be shocked to hear this come out of a Litten‘s mouth, but

THE BOOK WAS BETTER THAN THE MOVIE!

And I mean quite a lot better. They somehow managed to take an exciting and fascinating book and make it into a film as dull as dishwater. I thought they‘d focus on the action bits in the jungle and it was more than 30:00 in before anything dangerous happened. 🤦🏻‍♀️

Bookworm54 Yeah I got bored part way through the movie and gave up! 2y
KVanRead @Bookworm54 Too bad, it seemed like it would make a great movie 😒 2y
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KVanRead
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True story: when I was a little kid I was a big fan of these goofy ‘Road pictures‘ when they came on TV and while I don‘t really remember them I think I can safely say it must have been VERY loosely based on Fawcett.😂

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Cathythoughts Beautiful picture 2y
KVanRead @Cathythoughts I had to google it after I read that description - so beautiful 2y
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KVanRead
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#BookSpin done ✅

Like the author, I do enjoy a story that has “the grip” and this is indeed gripping. It‘s a fascinating and entertaining tale of obsession that like most such tales doesn‘t seem to have ended well for the obsessed or those that loved him. The greater tragedy though is how colonialism and present day exploitation has been and continues to be devastating to the Amazon and its indigenous peoples, not to mention the planet.

Megabooks 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
KVanRead @Megabooks Thx!🤗 2y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Great progress!! 2y
KVanRead @TheAromaofBooks Thank you!! 😊 2y
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ChaoticMissAdventures
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So I picked this up because it has been on my backlogged TBR bookcase for a few years. There are some times reasons you don't get to a book, and glorifying colonizers is a good reason.
The book is okay in the writing, really easy to read. He touches on disturbing tribes but not as deeply as he should. I guess explorer fans probably don't want to hear about that though.
More comments about the writing in the comments! .

ChaoticMissAdventures I wish the author would have left himself out of the story, there is plenty of material here without him. His part is only relevant in the end, and I don't care about his REI shopping or his wife... That sounds harsh but I miss fact based non fiction. There was plenty of detail of the past expeditions and about Amazonian environment which is why I am giving it a 3 and not a 1-2 2y
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Addison_Reads
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It's that time again for me to purge my shelves and pass on books to my fellow Littens with some #PayItForward GiveAways. 🎉

Last one today is a used paperback copy of The Lost City of Z.

If you'd like to have this book simply comment below and let me know. US only please since we still have shipping restrictions here.

Enjoy! 😁

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Bookwormjillk
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My son is away this weekend, so I decided to do a deep clean of his room. The Lost City of Z has been a good soundtrack because it‘s very possible that I would have found flesh eating rainforest insects in the mess under his bed 🤢

vivastory 😂😂I loved that book. Have you read 3y
Bookwormjillk @vivastory no, not yet. It‘s on my list though! 3y
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khooliha

Another tbr pick for me, Sisko's search for a lost city goes way better than this one does, I think. I had to look Rapture up to refresh my memory, but of course, it's the locust episode. A damn good one!
#startreksummerjune

Megabooks I ended up really liking this book! 3y
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Larkken
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Watched the movie first. It was very focused on the city itself, and the all-consuming /tragedy/ of it all. And... The book is way different! It's about explorers and exploring and the fascination of the unknown. Plus, weirdly, I've also been playing the newest Lara Croft and it is filthy with Fawcett references 🤣. #24b4Monday

Megabooks I loved this book, but haven‘t watched the movie. 4y
Seshat I listened to the audiobook before I watched the movie 4y
Seshat Both were excellent. 4y
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Seshat May I recommend the film Embrace of the Serpent and the book Invention of Nature? 4y
Larkken @Seshat I'll have to look them up, thanks! 4y
Larkken @Megabooks @Seshat the book intrigued me I think bc I really wanted to know why Fawcett was so convinced the city existed. I'm glad I tried it! It's already much more interesting than just that 👍 4y
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krismlars
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I listened to this as I drove from Boston to Grand Forks, ND. I really liked the narrator, which I‘m picky about. The story was fascinating, but I often found myself getting riled up about the self-importance of the explorers, their disregard for others, religious conversion, and the treatment of indigenous peoples. Not the author‘s fault, though. But I could have done with fewer descriptions of maggots in wounds and bugs on eyeballs.

Megabooks I read this audio as well, and really enjoyed it. I‘ve also read this book by him and liked it. The three sections each have a different narrator. (edited) 4y
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Blaire
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I‘m amazed by the risks people willingly subject themselves to. The fearlessness it took to enter the Amazonian jungle is astounding and the conditions fawcett endured for exploration. I was fascinated both by Grann‘s decision to undertake the journey as well as Fawcett‘s and the ending was very satisfying. I will say all those bugs and maggots - I would never cut it. So many scenes made me shudder.

BiblioLitten Superb view🌳🌳🌲🌳🌲🌳 4y
Tamra Perfect green setting for that book! That story is a real adventure. 4y
Crazeedi Beautiful place to read! Lucky you, and so green!!❤❤ 4y
Blaire @Crazeedi @tamra @bibliolitten thank you! Feel very lucky to have this view. 4y
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REPollock
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Holy crap, but I definitely never want to visit the Amazon rain forest after reading this book. Some of the parasites and predators that live there sound absolutely terrifying. A good piece of narrative nonfiction, glad I read it.

Crazeedi Cute little bunny!!🐰 done with Easter I'm thinking 😉 4y
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REPollock
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I‘m sucked into this book but GODDAMN are there some horrific creatures in the Amazon. The fish that swims up your [redacted] ?! NO THANK YOU.

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Olivia306
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This was an enthralling read about P.H. Fawcet and his disappearance in the Amazonian forest in 1925, of which I didn‘t know much beforehand. The timeline switches back and forth between present and past and it contains a thorough research, filled with fragments from Fawcet‘s personal journals and other personal accounts. It‘s an awesome tale about exploration and sacrfice, obsession and tragedy. And in an odd way, about vindication as well.

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Simona
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This is the story about Percy Fawcett, explorer who was obsessed with mythological city - El Dorado, and who eventually disappeared in the jungle (in 1925). It‘s also the story about author - David Grann and his obsession with the Fawcett, and his expedition to find Fawcett. Although I liked some parts, especially parts from Fawcett‘s diary, I find the story as whole rather boring. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Cinfhen I was really drawn to this story. I was totally fascinated. Although I heard the movie was terrible. 4y
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MaleficentBookDragon @Cinfhen the movie was horrible. 4y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Sounds intriguing, sorry it didn‘t live up to the hype for you. 4y
Bookzombie @Cinfhen I felt the same way about this one. 🙂 4y
Cinfhen My hubby is quite the movie critic and he had NOTHING nice to say about the film @MaleficentBookDragon which goes to prove @Bookzombie #TheBookIsAlwaysBetter 4y
MaleficentBookDragon @Cinfhen I was angry after watching it. Angry at the movie and angry at myself for sticking around for the whole thing. 😕 4y
Cinfhen That‘s the worst @MaleficentBookDragon and I‘m surprised because I felt this book WOULD make a good movie 🍿 😜 4y
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Ncostell
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Before picking up this book I knew nothing of Percy Fawcett and his ill fated search for the City of Z, his name for the legendary El Dorado, in the jungles of the Amazon in 1925. He was quite a character, a real life Indiana Jones and I loved reading of his adventures and of the Royal Geographical Society to which he and other famous explorers belonged. This was my L book for #litsyatoz2019.

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seydoggy
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I am a sucker for an Amazon adventure with archeological significance.

DebbieGrillo Have you read The Magicians by Lev Grossman? Looking at the books you've posted about oh, I think you would like it. 4y
seydoggy I have not but I will look it up. 4y
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Tove_Reads
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I enjoyed this book about searching for a legend and the man who was searching for the legend - Fawcett and Z. The story went back and forth between the old and new quest. Never realized how obsessed people are and have been with Fawcett. Fawcett and his family were I obsessed as well. The intriguing part was that Grann got to study diaries others didn‘t get to read. Quick, easy read, enlightening and made me want to learn more!

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Bookwurmz
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Not as amazing as Killers of the Flower Moon, but interesting. Went deeper into a known story a little too much for me.

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IamIamIam
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Audiocrocheting after I decided on this for #relatedtoapodcast! 🤘 I've seen this floating around for a while but finally took the leap. 😁
#Booked2019
@cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @barbarathebibliophage

Cinfhen I LOVED this book!! I was enthralled!!! 4y
IamIamIam @Cinfhen Whoo hoo!!!!! 🎉😁🎉😁 4y
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Aswenson
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LOVED Killers of the Flower Moon, so I had to read Grann‘s other work. I was equally enthralled with this story of adventure and loss in the Amazon, and was even surprised by the conclusion. I hadn‘t even heard of Percy Harrison Fawcett before this book, but I have read The River if Doubt, which chronicles Teddy Roosevelt‘s trip through the Amazon (which is referenced several times in this book).
Grann‘s work is thorough and compelling.

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Julsmarshall
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Pickpick

This one started out gangbusters, crazy fascinating! It did slow a bit and I found myself having to push a bit to finish but felt rewarded in the end. So interesting to think about a time when we were still discovering the world. If you are interested in adventure, anthropology, and real travel, definitely check this book out. David Grann is a singular talent! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #NONFICTION2019 @Riveted_Reader_Melissa

vivastory Great review. I agree. I loved this one. 4y
Literary_Siren I have yet to read the book. I‘ve seen the movie and I loved it! (I didn‘t realize when I watched the movie that it was a book.) 4y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Sounds fascinating! 4y
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Tamra It‘s so good! 4y
Julsmarshall It‘s a movie @Literary_Siren ? 4y
Megabooks I love David Grann! 4y
Literary_Siren @Julsmarshall yes! The MC is played by Charlie Hunnam! 🖤 4y
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Julsmarshall
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‪Day 2, book 4 of #24byMonday ! What are you reading this morning? @Andrew65 @TheReadingMermaid

BeansPage I'm starting this one 😍 4y
Andrew65 I‘m currently reading 4y
Andrew65 @TheReadingMermaid I want to read that one. Too many books too little time. 4y
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BeansPage @Andrew65 they should come up with a way to download books into people's brains or something so that way we could read more 🤪 4y
readtheworld Just finished One Out of Two by Daniel Sada. Hope you‘re enjoying Lost City of Z (I did!) 4y
Julsmarshall Ooh, good one @TheReadingMermaid ! @Andrew65 This has been in my TBR for years! @readtheworld I am! 4y
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Megabooks
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#NoFemmeber #nonfictionNovember

This book is fantastic. It is about Percy Fawcett‘s journeys into the #Amazon looking for a lost city. It was also made into a movie in 2017. Reviews of the movie are mixed, but I highly recommend the #audiobook. #booktomovie

Cinfhen And I LOVED the print version. This book got me started with my ❤️ for nonfiction ❣️❣️❣️ 4y
Cinfhen I did hear movie was awful. I‘m surprised the book was super entertaining 4y
Literary_Siren @Cinfhen I really liked the movie. But I have not read the book yet. 😬 4y
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Cinfhen I‘m glad you liked the movie @Literary_Siren 😁My hubby & son went to see it and they both hated it!!! Probably not enough action for them🙄 4y
Megabooks @Cinfhen Yeah sometimes the movie adaptations can go awry. I rarely watch the movie if I really enjoyed the book. I guess I don‘t want to sully the memory. I‘m really glad you love it now! 4y
Megabooks Nonfiction that is! @Cinfhen (edited) 4y
Megabooks @Literary_Siren I recommend the book for sure, but I can‘t say how similar the book and movie are. 4y
Literary_Siren I definitely plan on reading the book. When I saw the movie I didn‘t realize it was a book. 4y
Billypar Read the book this year and really enjoyed it! No idea it was a movie. I feel like Grann's other one, Killers of the Flower Mom reminded me more of a film, and I just looked it up, and there's apparently one in the works with Scorsese and DiCaprio signed on 😮 4y
Megabooks @Billypar Awesome!!! I loved Flower Moon. I read it as part of the BOTM challenge, and it definitely made me want to read more by him. I even convinced my nonfiction-hating mom to read Flower Moon and she enjoyed it 👍🏻👍🏻 Thanks for the info! 4y
Billypar @Megabooks Yes- I was formerly a fiction-only reader, and I would definitely recommend this to non-fiction skeptics! 4y
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Battledoll
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Very well written and researched. I didn‘t find the book as entertaining as I expected but this is because I didn‘t find Fawcett as interesting as others did. Also, a lot of popular books written about historical events sometimes fall into the trap of downplaying racism and other ugliness as being just of its time or not relevant, especially if they like their subject. Grann doesn‘t do this which I appreciated.

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Woop_A_Doop
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Pickpick

The book presents an exciting adventure and has a lot of emotional suspension,adding to the reader‘s thrill.This book also has unexpected turns and twists.

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Cody_Starnes
Panpan

I would have given this book a 3/10 until the last chapter and now it‘s about a 4.5/10. I felt the book hinges too much on the disparity of the journey whereas I wanted to ready of the potential beauty of this brutal landscape.

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Billypar
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Grann can turn a decent true story into something you crave like an addictive mystery novel. His chronicle of Percy Fawcett's search for the Amazonian #cityofdreams he referred to as 'Z' is gripping. Incredible how explorers of his time (early 20th century) thrust themselves into the unknown, and all they endured for their quest. I thought Grann's own journey to where Fawcett vanished would be the highlight but nothing beat the main narrative.

Tamra I think about this account often and I find it so dismaying Fawcett died not knowing he had achieved his life‘s ambition. Unrequited passion, in a manner of speaking. It‘s a haunting story. It‘s crazy how many other pre & post explorers have died on the same quest. 4y
Cinfhen I love your collage 🙌🏻💕and this is one of my favorite NF - I liked it more than 4y
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Kalalalatja Well, with a review like that, I have to try it! 4y
Billypar @Tamra It's even more maddening that, if I'm understanding Grann's closing implication correctly, he might have been treading right over where 'Z' once was. 4y
Billypar @Cinfhen Thanks- what I could find of the Amazon around my apt 😁. For me, it's close in comparing to Killers- I think I enjoyed that one slightly more, but really liked both- little other NF like it. 4y
Billypar @Kalalalatja Hope you enjoy the journey! 4y
Tamra @Billypar yes, that‘s what I mean. So sad! 4y
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At the half way point I am Really enjoying the combination of elements that are included in this book: tales of the intrepid explorer, sifting through libraries and basements the world over for historic records personal journals, and finally the author‘s own tales of the naïveté/ineptitude in retracing Fawcett‘s ill fated expedition.

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