The Lost City

The Lost City

Book - 2008
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Random House, Inc.
Henry Shukman’s debut fiction collection, Mortimer of the Maghreb, was acclaimed as “fearless, brilliantly realized, [and] richly rewarding” (Los Angeles Times Book Review). Now, in his first novel, he tells the story of a British expat searching for treasure and, more important, for connection, amid the seductions and dangers of a rootless life.

Jackson Small has just been discharged from the British military after witnessing the violent battlefield death of his closest friend, Connolly. It was Connolly who introduced him to the fascinations of ancient civilizations, enticing him with stories of La Joya, the capital of a vanished Peruvian empire. Coping with his grief, Jackson sets off in search of La Joya, hidden in the cloud forest hanging between the Andes and Amazonia.

It’s an arduous journey: through desert, arid mountains, inhospitable villages, and impenetrable jungle. And though he finds unexpected help—from a young boy as wily as he is innocent, from an irreverent village priest, and from a woman who both redefines and fulfills all of Jackson’s expectations—he’s also warned at every turn to abandon his search for a place that may not even exist. But he lets nothing stop him from entering the depths of the forest believed to protect the ruins of the lost city—where he will encounter other seekers whose methods are far more sinister than his own

With its starkly lyrical voice, its headlong pace, and the romanticism of the quest that fuels it, The Lost City is at once suspenseful, continually unexpected, and thoroughly mesmerizing.

Baker & Taylor
Recently discharged from the military after being wounded in battle, Jackson Small, a young British expatriate, embarks on a quest to find La Joya, the lost capital of an ancient, long-vanished Peruvian empire, braving the perils of mountain, desert, jungle, and fellow seekers in his search for the long-lost city. A first novel. 15,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
Jackson Small has just been discharged from the British military after witnessing the violent battlefield death of his closest friend, Connolly. It was Connolly who introduced him to the fascinations of ancient civilizations, enticing him with stories of La Joya, the capital of a vanished Peruvian empire. Coping with his grief, Jackson sets off in search of La Joya, hidden in the cloud forest hanging between the Andes and Amazonia.
It's an arduous journey: through desert, arid mountains, inhospitable villages, and impenetrable jungle. And though he finds unexpected help - from a young boy as wily as he is innocent, from an irreverent village priest, and from a woman who both redefines and fulfills all of Jackson's expectations - he's also warned at every turn to abandon his search for a place that may not even exist. But he lets nothing stop him from entering the depths of the forest believed to protect the ruins of the lost city - where he will encounter other seekers whose methods are far more sinister than his own.

Baker
& Taylor

Recently discharged from the military, Jackson Small, an British expatriate, embarks on a quest to find La Joya, the lost capital of an ancient Peruvian empire, braving the perils of mountain, desert, jungle, and fellow seekers.

Publisher: New York : Knopf, 2008
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780307266941
030726694X
Characteristics: 321 p. ; 24 cm

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