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Neglected to mention the author of "Three Gun Terry" is the popular pulp writer Carroll John Daly.Okay, now reading this:
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First story is "Three Gun Terry", wherein appears Terry Mack, "history's first full-fledged private eye" according to editor William F. Nolan, an over confident tough guy who constantly plows his way to the razor edge of amorality then takes a small step back. Hack writing has never been so gripping.
Yes this was very much how Huxley presented it; a much more insidious form of tyranny as compare with Orwell's overt up front form. And I'm in agreement with Huxley about which is most realistic. In fact you could argue that we are very much seeing it already.Huxley was arguing that this view of the future involved a society in which people “loved their servitude” having been made docile by advertising and brainwashing
Glad you liked it overall. You pretty much sum up my feelings about the book as well. In the end it came off as a bit pop-y. Written to be read and forgotten.David Grann "Lost City of Z"
Many thanks to @Vince W for mentioning this some months back. I was enthralled by "Exploration Fawcett" at age 13, and was delighted to hear of a book that documents the remarkable Colonel Fawcett's life and disappearance. Given that his character would fit easily into "King Solomon's Mines", I was interested to hear that the small stone idol that he carried around with him (mentioned in Exploration Fawcett as perhaps originating in Z) was actually given to him personally by Rider Haggard. I see that he also had contact with Conan Doyle. Although "Exploration Fawcett" may have been generous with the truth - for example a sixty foot anaconda, and a tribe covered in shaggy body hair - it seems certain that he was way out on a limb in his determination to communicate with and befriend Amazonian tribes that were considered hostile savages by the rest of the world, and that he was a truly unique individual, in many ways ahead of his time, in others a Boy's Own hero from the Victorian age of exploration. I was interested also to read of his distinguished service in WWI, including the Somme.
At the same time, initially I found the book disappointing. The chapters jumped around in time and place, and (presumably due to formatting) the index is out by a couple of pages, always very irritating.
Towards the end of the book I enjoyed reading of current archaeological thinking of the Amazon as having been home to a large, cultured, vibrant population that disappeared almost without trace due to the advent of western diseases. I've read elsewhere of the account of the Dominican friar Gaspar de Carvajal @1541, of how he and a band of Conquistadores were inadvertently forced to travel the length of the Amazon to the Atlantic Ocean when they got separated from the main body, and of the extensive towns and villages that they passed, and it's good to see this validated.