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The Lost World by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The Lost World (original 1912; edition 1962)

by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Author)

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

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The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle (1912)

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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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    King Solomon's Mines by H. Rider Haggard (Rynooo, Polenth)
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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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    Dinosaur Summer by Greg Bear (jseger9000)
    jseger9000: Dinosaur Summer is a continuation of Doyle's The Lost World
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    The Land that Time Forgot by Edgar Rice Burroughs (Sylak)
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    The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan (chrisharpe)
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    Green Mansions by W. H. Hudson (chrisharpe)
  9. 21
    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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Great fun. ( )
  DanielAlgara | Sep 26, 2014 |
Available as a free audiobook from librivox.org. ( )
  captbirdseye | Jul 21, 2014 |
Read during Winter 2005/2006

An old fashioned adventure tale with eccentric characters, supposedly extinct animals, wilds of the South American jungles, and perhaps a million other things. Very readable, though hardly scientifically plausable but that isn't really the point.
1 vote amyem58 | Jul 14, 2014 |
It is in The Lost World that we first encounter Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's other lasting creation, the irrascible and pompous (but admittedly brilliant, even if the admission is made by himself) Professor George Edward Challenger. The story opens on the reporter Malone, who is sent by his editor to interview Challenger, the later who is known to be rather abusive towards journalists. After a bout of fisticuffs, Challenger admits some admiration for how Malone has conducted himself and invites him along to a lecture that evening at which Challenger delivers a bombshell: the announcement that some prehistoric beasts have survived in a previously unexplored land deep within the Amazon basin.

Obviously greeted with scepticism, Challenger elects to undertake an expedition to South America himself, taking only a few trusted colleagues and a dubious companion with him: Malone the newspaperman, Lord Roxton, the big game hunter, and Professor Summerlee, who holds grave doubts about Challenger, set out on an expedition. What follows is a solid adventure tale, at times a bit slow, but overall told with a gusto and verve that made Conan Doyle's tales of the cold logic of Sherlock Holmes just as exciting. ( )
1 vote Bill_Bibliomane | Jul 9, 2014 |
A free audiobook is available at https://librivox.org/ ( )
  captbirdseye | Feb 18, 2014 |
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There was a brush-like growth upon the branch up which I was climbing. I leaned around it in order to see what was beyond and nearly fell out of the tree in horror.

A face was looking into mine!

The eyes were bestial and ferocious, and as the creature opened its mouth to snarl! I saw sharp, curved teeth. I twas a human face - far more human than any monkey's I had ever seen!
    Sub-Human Ape-Men

Deep in the heart of the jungle they found a prehistoric inferno. It was THE LOST WORLD, strange and frightening, filled with all the fury of the bloodiest era the earth eve knew.
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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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