The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story

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by Douglas Preston | Nonfiction |
ISBN: 1455540005 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Libre-Muncher of Las Cruces, New Mexico USA on 9/24/2017
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Journal Entry 1 by Libre-Muncher from Las Cruces, New Mexico USA on Sunday, September 24, 2017

The most amazing thing about this book is that as unbelievable as it seems, this is a nonfiction book.

The story begins with folk tales of a mysterious city somewhere in the remote jungles of Guatemala built centuries ago that has an enormous amount of gold and precious gems there. Of course, those stories caused a number of fortune hunters to search for this "white city" with no luck. The locals tell of the curses that are related to this city and nobody who has entered the city has lived to return. All of this makes for encouragement for the fortune hunters.

The book continues to follow a number of serious anthropological excursions to search for the city with no luck, though some have made claims that they have found it. In most cases those claims were made in hopes of getting funding from the Guatemalan government or from major scientific organizations.

The book follows the efforts of one group with adequate backing enough to accumulate some scientific equipment to sense the presence of a major city or temple that might be the source of the rumors. Using this equipment, they were able to find what may be the "white city" of folk tales.

The book is most fascinating and not too technical for the casual reader to get bogged down. The book is also quite frightening. Enough so that I certainly would never be interested in entering that jungle. At the end of the book (not to go too far as to give away the ending) we find what seems to be the source of the folk tales of the curse of the city. I certainly do not want to visit that city.


Journal Entry 2 by Libre-Muncher at Las Cruces, New Mexico USA on Thursday, February 07, 2019

Released 3 mos ago (2/6/2019 UTC) at Las Cruces, New Mexico USA

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