I spent last week lounging by a pool in Florida. I was hoping take a copy of Marc Schuster’s The Grievers with me, but Amazon sent me a notice saying the shipment of my book had been delayed (it’s arriving in June, though I have no idea what caused the hold up). Alas, I went with Peter Fleming’s Brazilian Adventure in my suitcase and Tim Jeal’s Stanley: The Impossible Life of Africa’s Greatest Explorer on my Kindle Fire.
The aforementioned Fleming was older brother to Ian. Before his younger sibling created James Bond and became a sensation, Peter Fleming was the literary star of the family. He made a name for himself as an adventurer and travel writer. Brazilian Adventure details his 1932 foray into the Amazon in search of lost British explorer Percy Fawcett, who disappeared seven years prior while searching for the “Lost City of Z.” Fawcett’s quest was the subject of a 2009 book by David Grann.
This was the first Peter Fleming book I’ve read and was impressed enough to order a few of his other works. They’ve been republished in a stylish format by I.B. Tauris. Like Ian, who died of a heart attack in 1964, Peter also dropped dead from cardiac arrest while grouse shooting in Scotland in 1971. The members of his shooting party, believing he would have wanted them to continue with the hunt, left him where he fell to finish the shoot. Talk about dedicated sportsmen.
And now I’m back to the daily grind, busying myself with a different type of writing project. I’m working on a film treatment for Human Game. I’ve never written a treatment before, and it’s proving quite the challenge to distill a nearly 400-page book into a 25-page movie summary. It forces you to really strip down your writing and get right to the point. I’m hoping to have the thing done by the end of next week. You have to present the story in a three-act structure suitable for filming. I started on Act II last night. The book, meanwhile, continues its march towards its October publication date. I’m waiting for Penguin to send me the copy edited manuscript for review.
More later . . .