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The Lost World (original 1912; edition 1962)

by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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Member:dragonasbreath
Title:The Lost World
Authors:Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Author)
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Collections:Your library, Mystery, Classics, Fiction
Rating:*****
Tags:Fiction, Dinosaur, Adventure, South America, Ape Man

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The Lost World by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1912)

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    King Solomon's Mines by H. Rider Haggard (Rynooo, Polenth)
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    Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton (jseger9000)
    jseger9000: An obvious rec, I admit. Doyle's story is the original "modern men interact with dinos" tale and Crichton's is the best one since.
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    The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells (chrisharpe)
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    The Time Machine by H. G. Wells (chrisharpe)
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    The Land That Time Forgot by Edgar Rice Burroughs (Sylak)
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    Dinosaur Summer by Greg Bear (jseger9000)
    jseger9000: Dinosaur Summer is a continuation of Doyle's The Lost World
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    The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan (chrisharpe)
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    Green Mansions by W.H. Hudson (chrisharpe)
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    The Poison Belt by Arthur Conan Doyle (sturlington)
    sturlington: Also features the same characters.
  10. 10
    The Lost Steps by Alejo Carpentier (chrisharpe)
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Forget about the science, look beyond the imperialistic racism (simply a "given" at the time this was written), and just go along for the ride, and you'll have fun. The Lost World is what Monty Python characterized as a "ripping yarn."

I have to admit, though, that once ape men were introduced to the story, it got a bit less fun. In fact, a slaughter is perpetrated which is pretty ugly. But that again, is something which likely wouldn't have been questioned by contemporaries of Conan Doyle's.

As problematic as the book is, however, it's much better than the cinematic treatments that have been made of it. As a kid, I remember loving the Irwin Allen production, even with its kitchy dinosaurs consisting of iguanas with fins glued on their backs. But the book evidences that Claude Rains was clearly miscast as Professor Challenger. Needed instead someone like Robby Coltrane doing his Hagrid role--except crankier. But if the movie had written the Challenger role as the book portrays him--cantankerous and a bloviating egotist--as a kid I'd probably have been scared by him and stayed away.
Loved the blowhard as a adult, though! ( )
  kvrfan | Aug 19, 2016 |
Read a few times as a teen and then again a few years ago. Rousing good adventure, what ho? Rich commentary on evolution and race, too. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
Wonderful action. I'm guessing at the cover for the issue I read is long gone. ( )
  ShelleyAlberta | Jun 4, 2016 |
A quick read. Lots of action, dinosaurs, primitive tribes and weird beasties. Not bad but nowhere near as good as his Sherlock Holmes stories. ( )
  KarenDuff | Jun 1, 2016 |
Considering its vintage, a fine adventure novel and a very entertaining one at that. If you can suffer a few anachronisms here and there, I doubt you will regret having read it. With vivid characters and a well drawn story arc, it is deservedly considered a classic. ( )
  ndpmcIntosh | Mar 21, 2016 |
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Beecham, TomCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0812967259, Paperback)

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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Two scientists, a big game hunter, and a journalist travel to the Amazon rain forest. On a volcanic plateau, they discover an isolated world still inhabited by dinosaurs, climaxing in a chase scene with a Tyrannosaurus Rex.

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