The Lost City wavers between character-driven drama
and adventure tale. The novel begins with a triptych
illustration of the Peruvian landscape. The hot, barren
desert; the gray, fogged desert and the luscious green coast
smacks of hell, purgatory, and Edenic heaven. Shukman makes
the reader wait through three pages of detailed scenery
depiction before giving the main character's name, Jackson
Small. Shukman takes his time to build the expectation that
rugged, difficult nature will play a main character opposite
Jackson - but all is not as it first seems.
Jackson is escaping his present-day existence by searching for ancient ruins in the Peruvian unknown, and until he runs into some unexpected company while he's brewing tea over his campfire, nature seems like the only real obstacle to his ...
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