Percy Harrison Fawcett è la versione british di Indiana Jones: altrettanto spericolato ma baffuto e con l’elmetto. All’inizio del Novecento, questa ex spia per conto del governo di Sua Maestà si trasforma in un eccezionale esploratore e compie una serie di incredibili spedizioni nel cuore dell’Amazzonia, ossessionato dalla ricerca dei resti di una civiltà sconosciuta, per secoli identificata con il mitico El Dorado. Si imbatte in tribù armate di frecce avvelenate, combatte contro coccodrilli, giaguari, piraña, anaconda e insetti mortali. Nel 1925, durante l’ultima missione, scompare. Letteralmente. Nessuno saprà cosa ne sia stato di lui. Molte spedizioni si sono susseguite, invano, alla ricerca dei suoi resti. Nessuna però è stata raccontata come questa di David Grann, giornalista pantofolaio, che decide di partire per l’Amazzonia per ripercorrere le tracce dell’ultimo, grande, esploratore vittoriano. E che dalla sua avventura ha tirato fuori un libro, come scrive il New York Times, «entusiasmante come un thriller e vero come un reportage», che negli Stati Uniti ha venduto mezzo milione di copie.
- ISBN: 885022849X
- Casa Editrice: TEA
- Pagine: 390
We’ve all been wrong on this whole rainforest issue. We don’t need to SAVE the rainforest. We need to DESTROY the rainforest. Immediately. I knew that the Amazon was a hostile environment, but I was really shocked at the variety of horrific ways that the jungle will kill a person. You’ve got your st Leggi tutto
Be careful when you pick this book up. You won’t want to put it down. In 1925, Percy Harrison Fawcett, armed with information only he had unearthed, accompanied by his son, his son’s best friend and a small company of bearers and support personnel, headed off into the Amazonian wilderness in search Leggi tutto
”How easily the Amazon can deceive.It begins as barely a rivulet, this, the mightiest river in the world, mightier than the Nile and the Ganges, mightier than the Mississippi and all the rivers in China. Over eighteen thousand feet high in the Andes, amid snow and clouds, it emerges through a rocky Leggi tutto
A terrific adventure story, full of suspense and intrigue and lots of historical detail to keep the reader interested. I am not really a reader of adventure strories but every now and again one comes along that catches my interest and when a trusted Goodread's friend recommend this I just had to giv Leggi tutto
Reading this book helped clarify one of my life goals, which is TO NEVER GET STRANDED IN THE AMAZON JUNGLE. Seriously, that place would kill me. There's the threat of piranhas, electric eels, venomous snakes, vampire fish, vampire bats, disease-carrying mosquitoes, dangerous spiders, poisonous plants Leggi tutto
This will make you feel like a kid again! It will ignite a Jonny Quest kind of desire for adventure, to dive into the jungle in search of lost worlds. This will also quench most desires to ever take one step closer to a jungle. "Z" is supposedly a long lost South American city of a once powerful peop Leggi tutto
I picked up this book and was immediately lost between the covers and could not stop reading until I had finished the entire thing. That's how good this book is. The author sets forth the story of Colonel Percy Harrison Fawcett, a British explorer who in 1925 set out on an expedition to the Amazon to Leggi tutto
After reading KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON, I was desperate for more nonfiction and, especially, more David Grann. Well, THE LOST CITY OF Z did not disappoint! The joy of Grann's writing isn't just in the sense of action and adventure he offers in his works, but the incredible reportage and detail he
Incredible reviews, national best seller, interesting subject matter, well written, extensively researched and yet it did nothing for me. EPIC FAIL. Not sure why but I had a hard time getting through it without falling asleep every other page. Too many details, too many names, too many stories, too
4+ stars - This is the third book I’ve read by David Grann. I enjoy his journalistic and research-oriented writing style. He knows how to weave a yarn and draw the reader in; I was captivated by this story of one man’s obsession with finding the lost city of Z. Colonel Percy Harrison Fawcett is an i Leggi tutto
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