Join the Southwest Book Club to discuss the book, The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann on Tuesday, January 15 at 7:00 p.m. in library study area. In 1925, renowned British explorer Col. Percy Harrison Fawcett embarked on a journey to find the city of Z, site of an ancient Amazonian civilization that may or may not have existed. Fawcett, along with his grown son Jack, never returned. But that didn't stop countless others from venturing into the jungle to find Fawcett or the city. Among the wannabe explorers is Grann, a staff writer for the New Yorker, who has bad eyes and a worse sense of direction. By interweaving the great story of Fawcett with his own investigative escapades in South America and Britain, Grann provides an in-depth and colorful tale of true adventure.
Anyone age 18 or older is welcome to attend. The book club meets monthly at the Southwest Branch Library.
For more information, please call 407.835.7323 or email southwest (at) ocls.info.
If you are unable to attend the meeting or you would like to join our discussion, you can share your thoughts or respond to the discussion questions below. Simply click "Comments" located at the bottom of this post. Join the discussion!
1. What is the Western world's attitude toward science and progress during Fawcett's time?
2. How does Grann portray Fawcett? What kind of a man was he? Would you describe him as a victim of his own obsession...as a romantic...a fool bent on his own destruction...a rational man of science...?
3. What draws Grann into the search for Fawcett--what initially sparks the author's fascination? Consider Grann's own difficulty in the Amazon, especially for a man who delights in air conditioning and fast food. Finally, what new information does Grann contribute to solving the mystery surrounding Fawcett's disappearance?
4. What are some of the more surprising, even shocking, accounts of jungle exploration you found in this work?
5. What does the book have to say about the native people of the Amazon?
Discussion questions obtained at litlovers.com and NoveList Plus.