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The Lost World (Dover Thrift Editions) Paperback – Unabridged, January 26, 1998
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''Forget the Michael Crichton book (and Spielberg movie) that copied the title. This is the original . . . The character of Professor George E. Challenger is second only to Sherlock Holmes in the outrageous force of his personality.'' --Amazon.com, editorial review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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!
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Conan Doyle's "The Lost World" is a novella similar to H. Rider Haggard's "King Solomon's Mines". If you liked the latter you will like the former. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Truth Seeker
Started off slow, but the pace picked up and I was racing through the Amazon jungle with the characters in this story!Published 7 days ago by Janice Murphy
Very good read. Flows well. Held my attention all the way thru the book.Published 12 days ago by trophy wife
I had no idea Conan Doyle wrote about anything except Sherlock Holmes. The "mystery" in The Lost World wasn't a who-done-it, but it held my interest throughout. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Annie Laurie
The mystery, the effort required, the danger encountered, we're they only true!
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It's an old book obviously and should be looked at in a historical context, with ideas and language that are not acceptable today. Read morePublished 28 days ago by LPO
Enjoyed the original literary foundation of many famous movies. Writer could not resist and put in his own survival of the fittest example,.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer