In the summer of 1925 Colonel Fawcett - soldier, spy and legendary explorer - embarked on a journey into the dark and uncharted heart of Brazil in search of the lost 'City of Z'. He was never seen again. Rumours abounded - that Fawcett had been killed by Indians or wild animals or that he had lost his memory and become chief of a cannibal tribe - and many became obsessed with discovering what had become of him. In 1932, when 'The Times' advertised for 'guns' to join an expedition to find Fawcett, the lure was too great for a young Peter Fleming and he immediately signed up, intending to send dazzling dispatches from the jungle. The expedition set out from Sao Paulo and, following tributaries of the Amazon, headed to Fawcett's last-known position. What followed was, in Fleming's words, 'a venture for which Rider Haggard might have written the plot and Conrad designed the scenery'. As the expedition forged its way deeper into the Amazon, disagreements fractured the group and the entire adventure ended in a chaotic race to be the first to report back home. Though the fate of Colonel Fawcett remains a mystery, Peter Fleming's wild escapade in the heart of Brazil has become one of the 20th century's best-loved travel classics. 'The best travel book I have read for a long time. It is crammed with sound observation, good writing, humour and a unique blend of disillusion, foolhardiness and high spirits.' - J.B. Priestley; 'This account of the expedition has that essential double interest which is characteristic of all really great books of adventure. Fleming has the most delightful sense of humour and he writes brilliantly.' - David Garnett; 'An extraordinarily good book.' - Sunday Times; 'Fleming's classic is essential reading for anyone interested in this country. An inspiration to pursue the same trackways in search of a departing world.' - Kirkus (UK); 'A unique book of exploration, which defies the canons and sets up a new standard for itself. With delicious irony and undercurrent of humor, the author tells of the ill-considered, casually planned trip into central Brazil.
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