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Atlantida by Pierre Benoit

Atlantida (1919)

by Pierre Benoit

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Atlantida by Pierre Benoit

Even though this is a bit of a classic I enjoyed reading it.
It reminded me of those old Tarzan movies.

What it is though is more of an example of the old Trope about the beautiful, seductive, feminine character whom the protagonists all fall in love with.

It seems there was once some argument that Pierre plagiarized this from H.R. Haggard's SHE.

Though it does use the same template for lost world and has Africa as a setting and a lovely irresistible woman as the centerpiece the similarities end there.

Where She, Alesha, the centerpiece of H.R. Haggards story is an almost tragic woman trapped in her own tragic love story, the centerpiece of Alantida, Antinea, is more of a sinister siren that would be a complete opposite to Alesha.

Alantida seems in many ways much more short on being an examination of morals and ethics as She is.

It's still an interesting read but as I mentioned it reads more like some of the movies I have seen long ago where the players are under the influence of an obvious though hideously seductive evil.

I would recommend this to anyone who has read SHE and I'd recommend to anyone who reads this and hasn't read SHE to do so.

J.L. Dobias ( )
  JLDobias | Nov 10, 2013 |
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If the following pages ever see the light of day it will be because I myself have ceased to do so.
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In 1903 Lieutenant Olivier Ferrières of the French army welcomes Captain de Saint-Avit as the new commandant of his post in Algeria. Shunned by his fellow officers, the captain has been accused of the brutal murder of his friend Lieutenant Morhange, when the two were lost alone in the desert. To Ferrières’s horror, Saint-Avit soon confesses to the crime, unveiling a shocking tale of lost worlds, lust, murder, and the enslavement of desire in a forgotten desert kingdom—Atlantis!
Antinea, the queen of Atlantis, seeks to destroy and imprison the men in her net through her beauty and cruelty, enshrining their electroplated bodies in a fantastic hall, assigning each doomed lover a number and a plaque in his memory. Caught in this web, Saint-Avit and Morhange attempt to escape until love, passion, and jealousy threaten their friendship and their very lives. For only one man has ever captured the heart of Antinea, and no one escapes the queen of Atlantis.

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