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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: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (734 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,338,380 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com 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.)
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The book The Lost World, by Michael Crichton, is an action book.
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The characters all seemed really interesting when they were first introduced, but they were not developed any further throughout the novel.
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The good things: great action, awesome excitement, and characters that make up for the loss of plot (sort of).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Denis Benchimol Minev on February 27, 2006
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This is Conan Doyle's original tale of dinoasours still alive in the world. The setting is a plateau deep in the Amazon jungle, separat5ed from the rest of the world by very high rock walls. Up on this plateau dinosaours have survived.

The book beging with Professor Challenger, a forceful and egotistical scientist claiming dinosaurs are alive in the jungle and he has seen them in a recent trip. A team is put together to verify this claim, including Challenger, another professor (Summerlee), a big-game hunter and a journalist (the narrator). This group arives at the plateau and begins exploring a way to get up on it. Once up there, they verify the existence of those dinosaurs, having terrifying experiences with pterodactyls and Tyranossaurus Rex. They also meet humans and an ape species that dominate the humans. The story unfolds from then to the climatic end, when Professor CHallenger releases a pterodactyl in a scientific gathering in London.

Overall, this is an entertaining book, it reads like a precursor of Jurassic Park and other monster thrillers. One interesting fact is that the place described by Doyle in fact exists: it is Mount Roraima, at the Brazil/Venezuela/Guyana border. It is exactly as Doyle described it, which is fitting since he based the book on it. Though the plateau is interesting and strange, upon it there are no dinosaurs.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Kenri A. Mugleston on January 24, 2001
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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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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful By "b_a_f_" on February 24, 2000
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So far, my favorite book is "The Lost World", despite some of it's obvious flaws. Such would include the large number of inconsistancies between Jurrassic Park and this sequel, and obviously the only reason Crichton wrote this was because Universal wanted a sequel for Jurassic Park, but these are easily forgiven over the quality of the work. As opposed to the first Jurassic Park, Crichton takes much more time in his visual descriptions of the actions in this novel, giving a better sense of the passage of time. One would notice that this book is noticably longer than the first. Crichton, like usual, is a master of educating his readers while entertaining them, better than many writers. Of course, one has to mention the often frightening edge-of-your-seat suspence that makes this novel impossible to put down. If you read this book and find yourself still craving knowledge and dinosaur action, I would suggest the novel "Raptor Red" by Robert T. Bakker. This book is also extreemly informative as well as action-packed, however it does not have the real scary edge of The Lost World or Jurassic Park. On the other hand, it is written from the Raptor's perspective, and is a real interesting twist on normal dino stories.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By George R Dekle on November 4, 2002
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Professor Challenger, a protagonist as unique and eccentric as Sherlock Holmes, "challenges" the London Zoological Society to send a team of impartial judges to verify his claims that dinosaurs live on a plateau in the Brazilian rain forest. Professor Summerlee, a staunch foe of Challenger, accepts the challenge. Lord John Roxton, a soldier and big game hunter, agrees to go along, and Edward Malone, a star rugby player and journalist, goes as their scribe.
The world they find is every bit as captivating as Michael Crichton's Jurassic Park, and the danger is every bit as exhilarating. The characters are more engaging, and the story contains a good deal of humor as the four strong personalities clash a number of times on a number of levels.
There are no velociraptors to menace the adventurers, who have become hopelessly marooned, but a tribe of ape men serves quite well to provide the danger. It is a pleasure to have the English language used so well in describing the adventures of the four.
"The Lost World" is obviously the inspiration for Crichton's "Jurassic Park." Crichton may have modernized the story, but he certainly didn't improve it. Unfortunately, "The Lost World" reflects the ethnic insensitivity and "classism" of the Victorian Era, but if you can overlook that flaw, you will thoroughly enjoy the story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jesse Rouse on December 16, 2007
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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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