On episode 21 of the Murmur podcast, Paul Montgomery and I spend some time chatting about The Lost City of Z. In his award-winning book, David Grann chronicles the mysterious life and fate of Percy Fawcett, a British explorer who vanished in the Amazon while searching for a fabled golden city in the center of South America.
Here’s Murmur.com’s description of our discussion;
In this third outing for the Murmur Book Club, Paul Montgomery and Josh Christie journey into the Amazon to discuss David Grann’s The Lost City of Z, a tale of archaeological obsession. In 1925 Percy Fawcett, his son Jack, and a team of explorers and porters embarked on an expedition into the rain forest to locate a mythic lost city. They never returned. After nearly a century and dozens of rescue missions, we’re no closer to solving the mystery. But that doesn’t stop intrepid reporter David Grann from writing a gripping yarn about Fawcett’s lifelong obsession as well as his own modern expedition into the Green Hell. It’s a badass history lesson even for those who tend to thumb their noses at nonfiction.
If you enjoy our discussion of The Lost City of Z, you can check out our chats about Lev Grossman’s The Magicians and Josh Bazzel’s Beat the Reaper on episodes 15 and 18 of the podcast. You can also join in our discussion of our next book, Joe Hill’s Horns, if you’re so inclined.