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The Lost World Paperback – May 27, 2008
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Malone is the narrator of the tale, and most of the book is written in the form of letters sent back to his newspaper. This makes for an awkward construction, as it becomes clear that at the end of every chapter Malone is going to be safe in camp scribbling his account, while some overly convenient method will be contrived for an Indian to carry off his letter to the civilized world.Read more ›
But it’s never to late to resurrect good, old habits. And what is the better book for that then the predecessor of Jurassic Park?
* Written in a form of a journal and a series of letters, The Lost World adds a personal touch to the story. A lot of time I felt like the narrator, journalist Ed Malone, is talking to me.
* Professor Challenger was over-confident, sometimes rude in his directness and very stubborn. If I have met professor Challenger in real life, I would have labeled him as a jerk and tried to ignore him. But I like these kind of characters in novels, they keep the story interesting.
We traveled entirely by compass, and once or twice there were differences of opinion between Challenger and the two Indians, when, to quote the Professor’s indignant words, the whole party agreed to “trust the fallacious instincts of undeveloped savages rather than the highest product of modern European culture.”
* Dinosaurs! They are like dragons, but they actually existed. I don’t know why am I attracted to the stories about these cold-blooded, savage, lizardly creatures, but I am fascinated by their habits and by the facts that something so majestic existed on our planet.
* Beautiful descriptions of nature and wildlife.
* Illustrations are missing. Original paperback (and hopefully other editions) had a lot of drawings that accompanied the story. Sadly, this free ebook version has none. I love it when journal type books have illustrations, so I was very disappointed they were not included.
* Unrushed pace.Read more ›
If I bring one hour of joy
To the boy who's half a man
or the man who's half a boy".
--Arthur Conan Doyle
Sure, the man has wrought it already with the Sherlock Holmes adventures (specially the short stories, although some of the novels are superb too) and he does it again with professor Challenger's adventures and the quest for a lost world where dinosaurs are still alive.
Sure, the story might be stronger in the last century (oops, sorry, the century before that) because the characters and the storyline have become adventure stereotypes. And besides, for an english reader it must've seemed very likely to find anything in South America, from dinosaurs to an extraterrestial civilization. Besides there's some subtle cultural racism in the story. But, hey, those are not writing flaws, art also gets old. And only the masterpieces as this become remembered classics.
As for the plot, I leave it for you to discover. I wouldn't want to spoil any of the twists. But you'll very likely have a lot of fun. Besides the excitment of the journey I was laughing out loud at some parts, specially with dr. Challenger, the real star of the novel.
That's all, folks!
Excuse my english!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book if you understand the time frame in which it was written. Written way before Jurassic park and Lost World. Anyone looking for a good classic will enjoy this easy read.Published 6 days ago by shouting
It was actually rather interesting. I knew nothing about this book when I first started reading it. The title evoked images of "The Lost World: Jurassic Park" but this was... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Angelica Yoder
This is a classic. Wonderfully written and descriptive language with lots of action and adventure. Fun from start to finish.Published 12 days ago by .
This book is definitely not what I thought it would be and is written very differently for other books so is somewhat difficult to follow at times. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Gabriel