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The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story (edition 2017)

by Douglas Preston (Author)

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Title:The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story
Authors:Douglas Preston (Author)
Info:Grand Central Publishing (2017), Edition: First Edition, 336 pages
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The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story by Douglas Preston

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    Jungle of Stone: The True Story of Two Men, Their Extraordinary Journey, and the Discovery of the Lost Civilization of the Maya by William Carlsen (rakerman)
    rakerman: Jungle of Stone tells the story of challenging explorations of Mayan sites. The Lost City of the Monkey God tells the tale of a challenging exploration of a city from an unknown but potentially Maya-related civilization.
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    The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey by Candice Millard (rakerman)
    rakerman: The River of Doubt is a dangerous jungle expedition to explore a river in 1913–14. The Lost City of the Monkey God is a dangerous jungle expedition to explore a lost city in 2015. Although separated by a century, some similar challenges are encountered.
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Interesting telling of the discovery of lost city in Honduran jungle and speculations about what happened to the inhabitants. I listened to the book but happened to see the print edition - seeing the pictures improved the listen greatly. ( )
  addunn3 | Feb 25, 2019 |
Douglas Preston has written many articles for National Geographic and others on similiar themes and is a noted writer of thrillers, so I was expecting an entertaining blend of styles in The Lost City of the Monkey God. Unfortunately this book deal was a little premature. The book has value, certainly, but not in the idea that will make most people pick this up.

The last third of the book is mostly about the struggle he and some of his expedition colleagues have with an essentially incurable disease. There's a lot of panic and there's a lot of descriptions of going to doctor after doctor. I think awareness is important, but nobody's doctor visit is ever going to be interesting to me. There is value, though, in discussing the threat of a parasitic disease common in South America but seldom heard of in the U.S., rather than an archaeological discovery in Honduras. That disease is Leishmaniasis and its disgusting.

The development of the imaging process that led to the discovery and mapping of the site is another story. There was some padding, but the book provided some interesting details that were not present in the original articles. Archaeology is a careful process, tedious even, because once something is disturbed there's no taking it back. The smallest clue could be important to your own expedition or to expeditions a hundred years in the future, so everything must be documented. This careful process and the problem of funding take up a third of the book. This may also disappoint readers. For archaeological research presented in a popular context, you're better off with something like A Forest of Words, it covers Mayan history and was written by two of the key people behind translating Mayan glyphs.

The first third, about the legend of the lost civilization in Mosquitia and people who believed in that legend enough to search for it, is the most entertaining. If this is the kind of narrative you're looking for as a reader, you're better of with The Lost City of Z.

So, buyer beware. This may not be the book you're looking for. ( )
1 vote ManWithAnAgenda | Feb 18, 2019 |
Page turner! Mr. Preston is a very good writer. This gripping true story came to live and kept me riveted. It was a great adventure and only the beginning of important scientific and cultural work. It is also a great discussion of the trials and tribulations of intersecting cultures. It moved very quickly and left me wanting more. ( )
  DonaldPowell | Feb 5, 2019 |
This book is a spectacular success on many levels. On first glance it appears to be a modern retelling of the Lost City of Z, but it is so much more. Superficially, it it is about plunging into the unknown of one of the last uncharted areas of the Americas to find a mythic lost civilization. However, here, the cultural imperialism and tragic monomania of Percey Faucet has no analog. This expedition relies on teamwork across cultural spheres as well as academic and technological disciplines, which leads to this lost civilization actually being found. Yet the account is also about technology, sociopolitics, ecology, archaeology, cultural anthropology, anthroplological infighting, epidemiology, climate change, and the economy, politics, and painful history of Honduras. Furthermore, the book turns very personal when the author finds himself suffering from a serious tropical disease, a disease that had commonly been an affliction of marginalized populations. But in the era of climate change, the malady is encroaching into the US. Read this book! ( )
  earlbot88 | Jan 20, 2019 |
The idea of a lost civilization deep in a Honduran jungle untouched by man for hundreds of years is fascinating. I enjoyed the descriptions of the jungle and the excitement of this archeological find. The academic controversy around the expedition was frustrating but gave good insight into the field. My only complaint is that the author goes in too many different directions in the book. For the audiobook, narration gets a so-so rating. ( )
  redwritinghood38 | Nov 6, 2018 |
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Deep in Honduras, in a region called La Mosquitia, lie some of the last unexplored places on earth.
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