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The Lost World (Tor Classics) Mass Market Paperback – Unabridged, June 15, 1997

ISBN-13: 978-0812564839 ISBN-10: 0812564839

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Product Details

  • Series: Tor Classics
  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Classics (June 15, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812564839
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812564839
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.7 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.3 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (873 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,418,549 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews Review

Forget the Michael Crichton book (and Spielberg movie) that copied the title. This is the original: the terror-adventure tale of The Lost World. Writing not long after dinosaurs first invaded the popular imagination, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle spins a yarn about an expedition of two scientists, a big-game hunter, and a journalist (the narrator) to a volcanic plateau high over the vast Amazon rain forest. The bickering of the professors (a type Doyle knew well from his medical training) serves as witty contrast to the wonders of flora and fauna they encounter, building toward a dramatic moonlit chase scene with a Tyrannosaurus Rex. And the character of Professor George E. Challenger is second only to Sherlock Holmes in the outrageous force of his personality: he's a big man with an even bigger ego, and if you can grit your teeth through his racist behavior toward Native Americans, he's a lot of fun.

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Starred Review. In 1912, Doyle took his Victorian readers deep into the South American jungles where, high atop a treacherous plateau, a small band of British explorers encountered a terrifying world of prehistoric creatures long thought lost to the sands of time. The adventurers included a young newspaper reporter, Ed Malone; the swashbuckling aristocrat, Lord Roxton; the skeptical scientist, Professor Summerlee; and the brilliant and bombastic Professor Challenger, who leads the party. Doyle unfolds high adventure at its best with fantastic encounters with pterodactyls, stegosaurs and cunning ape -men. Glen McCready's performance captures the time and tone of Doyle's material perfectly without straying into melodrama. He nicely balances Malone's sense of youthful wonder with the professors' scientific pragmatism, while fully exploiting the humor spread strategically throughout, planting numerous chuckles among the thrills. McCready's entertaining reading more than fulfills the author's introductory wish to give one hour of joy to the boy who's half a man, or the man who's half a boy. (Feb.)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

Customer Reviews

I really enjoyed this book, it was a great adventure story.
The characters seem too...boring and the plot seems void of any excitement.
Mark Twain
This book keeps you in suspense from the beginning to the very end.
Mohamed Juboori

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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Kenri A. Mugleston on January 24, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Look out Mr. Crichton, the original is still the best. The premise of a lost world in the middle of the Amazon is not only possible but plausible. There areas in the Amazon that man has never stepped foot in and there is no telling what could be found in those areas.
Professor Challenger is an engaging character as he takes his small group of adventurers into the wilds of the Amazon, to confirm to the world that his dicovery of a lost world with Jurassic dinosaurs, is indeed real.
Man eating dinosaurs, ape men, cave men and an entire new world, who wouldn't want to go?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Bojan Tunguz HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on October 12, 2011
Format: Paperback
When it first came out almost two decades ago, "Jurassic Park" (the movie) was a huge sensation. Steven Spielberg marshaled Hollywood's technical wizardry in order to create the closest that we'll ever be to seeing the actual dinosaurs. Spielberg's adaptation of Michael Crichton's novel by the same name was revolutionary in many respects. However, the distinction of creating and popularizing the "modern man meets dinosaur" sci-fi subgenre belongs to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Almost a century ago he wrote "The Lost World," and imaginative and suspenseful novel that tracks an expedition of European scientists, journalists, and adventurers deep inside the South American jungles where they explore a hitherto undiscovered plateau that seems to have been cut-off from the rest of the world for millions of years, and where some dreadful prehistoric creatures still roam.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is best known for creating Sherlock Holmes, one of the most famous literary characters of all time. Sherlock Holmes was based on an actual person, a university professor that Doyle knew, and was characterized by cold, calculating and brilliant abilities of deduction. "The Lost World" has seen the introduction of Professor Challenger, a character that Doyle used for a few more of his subsequent works. Challenger is no less brilliant than Sherlock Holmes, but in every other psychological (and physical) trait is the exact opposite of the famous sleuth. Where Holmes is cold and aloof, Challenger is passionate and physically confrontational. In terms of appearance, Challenger is stocky and exceptionally strong, and sports a long black beard. Challenger continues Doyle tradition of strong-minded characters that use wit and ingenuity to solve even the problems where the brute force may seem to rule the day.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jesse Rouse on December 16, 2007
Format: Paperback
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle shows us in The Lost World that he is capable of far more than short detective stories. In this book we are taken on a journey into the heart of the Amazon in South America, to an isolated place where the prehistoric has survived to the present. Four men together face the wonderous awe and danger inherent in such a place, which quickly shifts from paradise to hell and back again as new dangers and wonders present themselves.

The four men who undertake this expedition are: (1) Professor Challenger, an immensely conceited (and brilliant) scientist who has perhaps the worst temper I have ever read about coupled with a very dominating personality, (2) Professor Summerlee, a scientist with a very acidic personality who is rather less courageous than the rest of the party and whose chief role is largely to constantly argue with Professor Challenger, (3) Lord John Roxton, a rather level-headed explorer/big-game hunter who is somewhat a mentor to the main character/narrator who is, (4) Ed Malone, a young reporter who goes on the expedition to impress a girl he likes. He is rather rash and undisciplined at times, though he is far more level-headed than the rest of the party, excepting Lord Roxton.

Doyle achieves not only a truly exciting adventure story, but also a very humerous/insightful study on the relationship between four very different people with conflicting personalities. I always found it most amusing to read about the two professors bickering over what species the creatures which were immediately threatening their lives were, while the other two tried to find a solution to the danger.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Diane Schirf on June 2, 2007
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By Arthur Conan Doyle's day, advances in scientific method and technology had broadened our knowledge and shrunk our world. The popularity of novels such as Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe and The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne lay in part in the mystery of the unknown and inaccessible places in which they were set and their effect on a human imagination that probably felt crowded and claustrophobic. The Lost World continues the tradition with a wry nod to the reality that events recounted by narrator/journalist E. D. Malone were no longer possible or even imaginable.

The reader is privy to the humor long before the narrator, who is sent to seek adventure by the woman he loves. "It is never a man that I should love, but always the glories he had won, for they would be reflected upon me," Gladys tells Malone.

Malone seeks adventure to impress his ladylove, while Professors Challenger and Summerlee aim to distinguish themselves in the crowded field of zoology, and Lord John Roxton desires to set himself apart from his fellow big-game hunters. In his world, anyone can hang a rhino head on the wall, but how many have the chance to take a dinosaur?

They are extraordinary men, like those of The Mysterious Island. Intentionally or not, Conan Doyle pays homage to Verne when Malone writes, "I have as companions three remarkable men, men of great brain-power and of unshaken courage" and "Man was always the master." In the post-Darwin age, Verne and Conan Doyle were ready to demonstrate that nature was at the service of resourceful man.

The humor in The Lost World, such as the resemblance of the ape-men king to Professor Challenger and their subsequent treatment of him, is balanced by scenes such as the narrator's vivid description of a pit into which he falls.
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