Friday, October 14, 2011
Over the years, the methods of exploring became more and more advanced, so that when David Grann set out on his own expedition to find out what had happened to Fawcett for his book, The Lost City of Z, he was able to go to a camping supply store in New York, and get everything he needed, no experience necessary. The modern world has also made the Amazon more accessible by cutting down miles of the trees through which Fawcett trekked. Grann got help in South America from guides and locals, once they were assured that he was only a journalist, and not an explorer. This presents the obvious question - what exactly is the difference between a modern day journalist and an early 20th century explorer? Both want to find out more and reap the notoriety and monetary rewards of their discoveries, right?
The Lost City of Z details all of Fawcett's Amazon expeditions, and to a lessor extent, their toll on himself and his family. There were definitely pages of details that I could have skipped, and questions that could never be answered. However, the last chapter makes it all worth while. While Fawcett was exploring, the world wondered if there really was a Z, or if Fawcett was crazy for looking for it. In the end it seems that he might have found what he was looking for, but couldn't see that he had found it.
Next up on CD: The Unnamed by Joshua Ferris. I've started listening to this one and was excited to hear that Ferris was reading it himself. I've had good and bad experiences with authors doing their own reading, but Ferris' voice seems to fit this story.
Still Reading: The Paris Wife by Paula McLain. Seriously.