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The Lost World (Modern Library Classics) Paperback – January 14, 2003
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“The Lost World . . . provide[s] evidence that Doyle had it in him to be one of the greatest science fiction writers of all time.”—Sam Moskowitz
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In The Lost World, the first in a series of books to feature the bold Professor Challengera character many critics consider one of the most finely drawn in science fictionChallenger and his party embark on an expedition to a remote Amazonian plateau where, as the good professor puts it, the ordinary laws of Nature are suspended and numerous prehistoric creatures and ape-men have survived. Just as Sherlock Holmes set the standardand in some sense established the formulafor the detective story . . . , so too has The Lost World set the standard and the formula for fantasy-adventure stories . . . , Michael Crichton writes in his Introduction. The tone and techniques that Conan Doyle first refined in The Lost World have become standard narrative procedures in popular entertainment of the present day.
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As in any good story, the images unfolded could only be validated through viewing by the reader. Any other effort to validate the readers experience would no doubt result in an argument as reader defends his perspective - - - just as the the two blind men describe their view if the elephant.
A classic it is labeled. A "must read" is in my mind a far better classification.
The plethora of today's authors should read some of these old writers and learn the craft.
The basic premise of the tale is grossly unlikely and some situations improbable - still: the quality lifts it up!
That said, the characters aren't nearly as likable and the story isn't nearly as clearly told and paced.