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The Lost World is a novel released in 1912 by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle concerning an expedition to a plateau in the Amazon basin of South America where prehistoric animals (dinosaurs and other extinct creatures) still survive. It was originally published serially in the popular Strand Magazine and illustrated by New-Zealand-born artist Harry Rountree during the months of Apr The Lost World is a novel released in 1912 by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle concerning an expedition to a plateau in the Amazon basin of South America where prehistoric animals (dinosaurs and other extinct creatures) still survive. It was originally published serially in the popular Strand Magazine and illustrated by New-Zealand-born artist Harry Rountree during the months of April-November 1912. The character of Professor Challenger was introduced in this book. The novel also describes a war between indigenous people and a vicious tribe of ape-like creatures. PLOT: Edward Malone, a reporter for the Daily Gazette, asks his news editor, McArdle, for a dangerous and adventurous mission in order to impress the woman he loves, Gladys Hungerton. He is sent to interview the cantankerous Professor Challenger, who has become notorious for claims made about his recent expedition to South America. The professor has been plagued by intrusive reporters and, being a formidable man of great strength, has taken to forcibly ejecting them, despite the resulting police prosecutions. To gain entry Malone pretends to be an honest enquirer, but is quickly discovered, assaulted and thrown into the street. Although this is witnessed by a policeman, Malone does not press charges as the original deceit was his. Challenger is suitably impressed, and decides to reveal something of his discovery of living dinosaurs in South America. Malone is invited to a scientific gathering that evening at which he volunteers, along with the biologist Professor Summerlee and the Amazon adventurer Lord John Roxton, to travel to South America to investigate the claims. After a long and arduous journey through Brazil, the explorers reach a volcanic plateau jutting far above the jungle. Upon climbing up to the plateau, one of their local guides who has a score to settle with Roxton destroys their temporary bridge across a precipice, trapping the explorers on the dinosaurs' plateau. The explorers encounter five iguanodons and are later attacked by pterodactyls, and Roxton finds some blue clay in which he takes a great interest. After numerous encounters with dinosaurs, Challenger, Summerlee, and Roxton are captured by a race of 'ape-men'. While in the ape-men's village, they discover a tribe of anatomically-modern humans (calling themselves Accala) inhabiting the other side of the plateau, with whom the ape-men (called Doda by the Accala) are at war. With the help of the expedition's firepower, the Accala conquer the ape-men; and insist that the expedition remain on the plateau. With the help from the young prince of the Accala, whom they had saved from the ape-men, the expedition discover a tunnel to the outside world, where they join a large rescue party. Upon return to England, they present their report, which include pictures and a newspaper report by Malone, but they are disbelieved by the public until Challenger shows as proof a live pterodactyl, which then escapes into the Atlantic Ocean. At dinner, Roxton reveals that the blue clay contains diamonds, about 200,000 worth, to be split between them. Challenger plans to open a private museum, Summerlee plans to retire and categorize fossils, and Roxton plans to return to the lost world. Malone returns to his love, Gladys, only to find that she had married a solicitor's clerk in his absence. He therefore volunteers to join Roxton's voyage... Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle KStJ, DL (22 May 1859 - 7 July 1930) was a British writer and physician, most noted for creating the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes and writing stories about him which are generally considered milestones in the field of crime fiction.


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The Lost World is a novel released in 1912 by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle concerning an expedition to a plateau in the Amazon basin of South America where prehistoric animals (dinosaurs and other extinct creatures) still survive. It was originally published serially in the popular Strand Magazine and illustrated by New-Zealand-born artist Harry Rountree during the months of Apr The Lost World is a novel released in 1912 by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle concerning an expedition to a plateau in the Amazon basin of South America where prehistoric animals (dinosaurs and other extinct creatures) still survive. It was originally published serially in the popular Strand Magazine and illustrated by New-Zealand-born artist Harry Rountree during the months of April-November 1912. The character of Professor Challenger was introduced in this book. The novel also describes a war between indigenous people and a vicious tribe of ape-like creatures. PLOT: Edward Malone, a reporter for the Daily Gazette, asks his news editor, McArdle, for a dangerous and adventurous mission in order to impress the woman he loves, Gladys Hungerton. He is sent to interview the cantankerous Professor Challenger, who has become notorious for claims made about his recent expedition to South America. The professor has been plagued by intrusive reporters and, being a formidable man of great strength, has taken to forcibly ejecting them, despite the resulting police prosecutions. To gain entry Malone pretends to be an honest enquirer, but is quickly discovered, assaulted and thrown into the street. Although this is witnessed by a policeman, Malone does not press charges as the original deceit was his. Challenger is suitably impressed, and decides to reveal something of his discovery of living dinosaurs in South America. Malone is invited to a scientific gathering that evening at which he volunteers, along with the biologist Professor Summerlee and the Amazon adventurer Lord John Roxton, to travel to South America to investigate the claims. After a long and arduous journey through Brazil, the explorers reach a volcanic plateau jutting far above the jungle. Upon climbing up to the plateau, one of their local guides who has a score to settle with Roxton destroys their temporary bridge across a precipice, trapping the explorers on the dinosaurs' plateau. The explorers encounter five iguanodons and are later attacked by pterodactyls, and Roxton finds some blue clay in which he takes a great interest. After numerous encounters with dinosaurs, Challenger, Summerlee, and Roxton are captured by a race of 'ape-men'. While in the ape-men's village, they discover a tribe of anatomically-modern humans (calling themselves Accala) inhabiting the other side of the plateau, with whom the ape-men (called Doda by the Accala) are at war. With the help of the expedition's firepower, the Accala conquer the ape-men; and insist that the expedition remain on the plateau. With the help from the young prince of the Accala, whom they had saved from the ape-men, the expedition discover a tunnel to the outside world, where they join a large rescue party. Upon return to England, they present their report, which include pictures and a newspaper report by Malone, but they are disbelieved by the public until Challenger shows as proof a live pterodactyl, which then escapes into the Atlantic Ocean. At dinner, Roxton reveals that the blue clay contains diamonds, about 200,000 worth, to be split between them. Challenger plans to open a private museum, Summerlee plans to retire and categorize fossils, and Roxton plans to return to the lost world. Malone returns to his love, Gladys, only to find that she had married a solicitor's clerk in his absence. He therefore volunteers to join Roxton's voyage... Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle KStJ, DL (22 May 1859 - 7 July 1930) was a British writer and physician, most noted for creating the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes and writing stories about him which are generally considered milestones in the field of crime fiction.

30 review for The Lost World (1912) by: Arthur Conan Doyle: Fantasy Novel

  1. 4 out of 5

    Stephen

    Move aside, Sherlock…Sir Arthur has conjured a protagonist who's an even more arrogant assbag than you.  Everyone...the intrepid, the indefatigable, the insufferable Professor G.E. Challenger… If, like me, you enjoy characters that are gruff, prideful curmudgeonly sorts, than you will have fun with this guy. He is a serious hoot. Trust me.   Physically, Prof. Challenger is a funhouse mirror reflection of Mr. Holmes. Instead of a tall, lanky, clean-shaven gentlemen who calmly condescends to the wor Move aside, Sherlock…Sir Arthur has conjured a protagonist who's an even more arrogant assbag than you.  Everyone...the intrepid, the indefatigable, the insufferable Professor G.E. Challenger… If, like me, you enjoy characters that are gruff, prideful curmudgeonly sorts, than you will have fun with this guy. He is a serious hoot. Trust me.   Physically, Prof. Challenger is a funhouse mirror reflection of Mr. Holmes. Instead of a tall, lanky, clean-shaven gentlemen who calmly condescends to the world around him, we have a short, barrel-chested, physically imposing caveman, with a booming voice and serious anger management issues. Tell me he doesn't look like the spitting image of Bluto...from Popeye. Hmmm? Intellectually, however, Challenger is definitely a pea from the same pompous pod as Doyle's most famous literary creation. Zero charm, no social graces and a chip on his shoulder the size of Gibraltar. He is a serious piece of unrestrained windbaggery that pins the needle on the Arrogasshat Pricktardo Scale.  And he doled out some serious happy to me while I reading. Like Holmes, of whom I am a screaming fanboy, I found G.E. Challenger to be enormously fun to listen to as he waxed vaingloriously about his greatness and scientific acumen. While I wouldn't want to spend any real-life time socializing with the ill-mannered prig, as a literary companion he's an absolute blast.  I can think of no better way to introduce you to the professor, and his over-the-top disagreeability, than the method employed by Doyle to unveil him to readers of The Lost World. When reporter Edward Malone (hiding his true vocation) requests a meeting with the reclusive scientist, this is the letter he receives in reply. SIR,   I have duly received your note, in which you claim to endorse my views, although I am not aware that they are dependent upon endorsement either from you or anyone else. You have ventured to use the word “speculation” with regard to my statement upon the subject of Darwinism, and I would call your attention to the fact that such a word in such a connection is offensive to a degree. The context convinces me, however, that you have sinned rather through ignorance and tactlessness than through malice, so I am content to pass the matter by. You quote an isolated sentence from my lecture, and appear to have some difficulty in understanding it. I should have thought that only a sub-human intelligence could have failed to grasp the point, but if it really needs amplification I shall consent to see you at the hour named, though visits and visitors of every sort are exceeding distasteful to me. As to your suggestion that I may modify my opinion, I would have you know that it is not my habit to do so after a deliberate expression of my mature views. You will kindly show the envelope of this letter to my man, Austin, when you call, as he has to take every precaution to shield me from the intrusive rascals who call themselves “journalists.”   Yours faithfully,       GEORGE EDWARD CHALLENGER. Yes...he's like that. Plus he's violent, quick-tempered, pig-headed, racist, elitist, and is not above putting his wife in "time out" when he feels she has misbehaved. Yeah, he's pretty much the whole package of awesome. Once I read that, I knew I was in for something loaded with win.   PLOT SUMMARY:   Not sure this is really necessary, so I will keep this brief. As the title suggests, this is one of the archetypes of the “lost world” genre and Sir Arthur brings his usual skill to its execution. A journalist (the aforementioned Edward Malone) eager to impress his girlfriend, requests a dangerous assignment. He lands a doozy when an expedition is planned to prove (or disprove) Challenger's claim of having discovered an isolated region of the Amazon inhabited by dinosaurs, pterodactyls and other extinct and exotic creatures. Together with Challenger, another professor (the obligatory skeptic), and Lord Roxton, the standard rough and ready adventurer, the four embark on their fateful quest. Frills, thrills, spills, chills and kills ensue...in abundance. THOUGHTS:   This is by the numbers storytelling for this sub genre, but Doyle’s talent and engaging prose make it a lot of fun. It's a given that the fantastic elements of the story have, to an extent, lost their ability to deliver the WOW that they originally produced, and the book's sense of depicting the truly wondrous does suffer a bit as a result. Still, I was pleasantly surprised at how engaging the narrative was and how much fun I had listening to Challenger and his colleagues expound with fervor on their dated scientific theories.  Excellent storytelling has no expiration date, and Doyle, like contemporaries H.G. Wells and Jules Verne, has the ability to engage and captivate his audience with the wonders of a bygone age.    I enjoyed myself, Sir Arthur. Thank you.  3.5 stars. Recommended!!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Miranda Reads

    Can we start with how this book (written in 1912) was based off of the "Friend Zone" ?? "Poor" Edward Malone confesses his love for a girl but she is not interested. She tries telling him nicely, rudely and all ways in between but he just doesn't get it. She could but refuse me, and better be a repulsed lover than an accepted brother So, finally, in a fit to be tied, she makes up some excuse - that he's not adventurous enough for her - that he's not a daring-and-dashing hero. And so, Edward, a Can we start with how this book (written in 1912) was based off of the "Friend Zone" ?? "Poor" Edward Malone confesses his love for a girl but she is not interested. She tries telling him nicely, rudely and all ways in between but he just doesn't get it. She could but refuse me, and better be a repulsed lover than an accepted brother So, finally, in a fit to be tied, she makes up some excuse - that he's not adventurous enough for her - that he's not a daring-and-dashing hero. And so, Edward, a journalist, races off to find the craziest adventure he could possibly find. And boy-oh-boy does he find one hellova adventure. Edward meets Professor Challenger - an adeptly named adventurer - who just came back from an exhibition. The professor is sprouting a whole host of impossible claims - including that dinosaurs have managed to survive and thrive deep in the jungle. Edward, the professor and few scientists set off in search for this "Lost World" and discover something far more exciting in the process. Periodic racism and sexism My instincts are all against a woman being too frank and at her ease with me. It is no compliment to a man. Ahhh.... there's nothing blatantly obvious periodic racism and sexism to wake you up in the morning. Zambo, who is a black Hercules, as willing as any horse, and about as intelligent. From the half-breeds to "their loyal negro" to the literal annihilation of an entire species . . . This book is a "wonder." There are times, young fellah, when every one of us must make a stand for human right and justice, or you never feel clean again. How ironic - considering the first thing they do when they discovered Ape-men was form a posse to slaughter them and sell them into slavery. Now, if you can ignore all of that - this was a pretty good novel. It had adventure and mishaps and mayhem. Our meek journalist really finds his stride and absolutely thrives on his journey. If only Sir Arthur Conan Doyle didn't play up the servitude and slaughter all the non-white characters... Audiobook Comments Read by Glen McCready - an excellent narrator The Finer Books Club - 2018 Reading Challenge: A book AJ Rocks has read Blog | Instagram | Twitter

  3. 5 out of 5

    Nayra.Hassan

    اريد رجلا شجاعا لا يهاب الموت..رجل حقق امجادا لا توصف. .يخلق فرصه خلقا"..ان البطولات حولنا تنتظر من يحققها من الرجال..اريد ان تحسدني النساء على رجلي"ا بهذه الطلبات التعجيزية تبدأ المغامرات الاسطورية ..هكذا ينطلق الصحفي مالوني مع البروفيسور العبقري المخبول تشالنجر إلى أمريكا الجنوبية ليثبتوا ان الديناصورات مازالت تحيا هناك بكل انواعها هذه رواية نشرت لأول مرة في عام1912طبعا قبل انطلاق سلسلة افلام الحديقة الجوراسية بتسعين عام ففكرة العالم المختبيء المليء بالديناصورات هو اسطورة حية في الوجدان العالمي اريد رجلا شجاعا لا يهاب الموت..رجل حقق امجادا لا توصف. .يخلق فرصه خلقا"..ان البطولات حولنا تنتظر من يحققها من الرجال..اريد ان تحسدني النساء على رجلي"ا بهذه الطلبات التعجيزية تبدأ المغامرات الاسطورية ..هكذا ينطلق الصحفي مالوني مع البروفيسور العبقري المخبول تشالنجر إلى أمريكا الجنوبية ليثبتوا ان الديناصورات مازالت تحيا هناك بكل انواعها هذه رواية نشرت لأول مرة في عام1912طبعا قبل انطلاق سلسلة افلام الحديقة الجوراسية بتسعين عام ففكرة العالم المختبيء المليء بالديناصورات هو اسطورة حية في الوجدان العالمي . و تظل الرواية ' كإحدى محاولات سير كونان الابدية للفكاك من غريمه هولمز. . تنتمي العالم المفقود لنفس العالم الخاص برحلات فوق العادة لجول فيرن و كذلك روايات ويلز ..حيث الشخصيات المسطحة ..أحادية المنظور ..و البطولة المطلقة للحدث و المكان الاستثنائي. . بين الابطال.. لا يوجد كسبان او خسران فقط انت كقارىء الكسبان الوحيد

  4. 4 out of 5

    Evgeny

    A young reporter Ed Malone was madly in love. The woman he loved told him he would only have a chance with her if he did something really heroic. The most heroic action his editor could think of was to send him to interview Professor Challenger notorious for throwing the reporters out of his house - literally throwing out. Initially poor Malone repeated the previous experience of his colleagues, but he managed to pacify the professor to tell him his story. The main idea was that the guy claimed A young reporter Ed Malone was madly in love. The woman he loved told him he would only have a chance with her if he did something really heroic. The most heroic action his editor could think of was to send him to interview Professor Challenger notorious for throwing the reporters out of his house - literally throwing out. Initially poor Malone repeated the previous experience of his colleagues, but he managed to pacify the professor to tell him his story. The main idea was that the guy claimed he found a a remote place in Amazonian jungle where prehistoric animals (read: dinosaurs) still lived. To make a long story short an expedition was formed to check the location and our reporter realized this might be exactly the opportunity to do the heroics, so he became one of the volunteers. This book is supposed to be a classic adventure so I will not spoil much when I say that the expedition really found what they were looking for. This might be not the first book to use the lost world troupe, but it is most famous. Everything one expects to find in a classic adventure is here: last-minute escapes, mysterious jungle, testosterone overload, people trying to shoot any animal in sight, and just pure undiluted fun perfect for getting out of a book slump caused by reading too many mediocre books in a row. The first half of the book takes place entirely in London. Usually in such books this is the most boring part, but not here. The character of Professor Challenger alone successfully carried this whole part by himself. This says something about the quality of the way he was written. Then again what did you expect from the creator of Sherlock Holmes? The narrator Malone comes out as a decent character as well, but he is to Professor exactly what Doctor Watson is to his famous friend: lost in the shadow of a great person. I can also mention political correctness (there is none), racism (if you read the book looking for it, you will find it, but I personally liked the way most non-white people were shown: fearless and loyal), sexism (again there is no "strong" women in here meaning none which can beat the crap out of any dinosaur using her martial arts skill). If you are the type of person who read old books to find something to be offended at, this one can provide you a lot of material. If you keep your mind open never forgetting when the book was written, it really does not have any of the things (as hey saw them in Victorian England) I mentioned above.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jason Koivu

    Who doesn't wish dinosaurs weren't still around? Well, maybe not the big bitey ones, but how cool would that be?! Hell, I'd even take the huge, face-ripping ones too if it were an all-or-nothing deal. I figure a little survival of the fittest would do this world good. Since that's not likely to happen during my lifetime, I'll console myself with movies and books. The Lost World is a good place to be for those of us looking to get lost in a dino world. This is a forerunner of the what-if history Who doesn't wish dinosaurs weren't still around? Well, maybe not the big bitey ones, but how cool would that be?! Hell, I'd even take the huge, face-ripping ones too if it were an all-or-nothing deal. I figure a little survival of the fittest would do this world good. Since that's not likely to happen during my lifetime, I'll console myself with movies and books. The Lost World is a good place to be for those of us looking to get lost in a dino world. This is a forerunner of the what-if history throwbacks to the Jurassic period. Being an older work it suffers for the style of the day. Sometimes writing styles of various eras aren't all that bad, but this one's no good. Nothing kills the momentum, surprise and thrill of reading when the author preempts a thrilling surprise scene by announcing that "a thrilling surprise happened and I'm about to tell you about it!". Damn it man, we can decide if it's thrilling, and furthermore, do you even know what a surprise is?! Arthur Conan Doyle did better work with his Sherlock series. This book is a fun adventure, but it's not a great read. The set up takes a while. The action moves a bit and the stakes are fairly high, but "a bit" and "fairly" shouldn't be the descriptives used to describe this.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jan-Maat

    Silly bad. A surprisingly dull updating of Journey to the centre of the Earth (view spoiler)[ or possibly the assuredly illegitimate offspring of Journey and King Somon's Minesor possibly the line of decent goes through both (hide spoiler)] with extra racism, more dinosaurs, and guns. Surprisingly from the author of Sherlock Holmes, were the stories although sometimes (always?) somewhat silly and contrived tend to have a certain cleverness to them, one has to wonder when a party of travellers in Silly bad. A surprisingly dull updating of Journey to the centre of the Earth (view spoiler)[ or possibly the assuredly illegitimate offspring of Journey and King Somon's Minesor possibly the line of decent goes through both (hide spoiler)] with extra racism, more dinosaurs, and guns. Surprisingly from the author of Sherlock Holmes, were the stories although sometimes (always?) somewhat silly and contrived tend to have a certain cleverness to them, one has to wonder when a party of travellers in possession of a 150 foot rope find a forty foot chasm uncrossable and indeed start to prepare a hydrogen balloon before other alternatives suggest themselves - precisely a convenient cave system that allows the adventurers to exit the plateau of prehistoric Sussex but not any of the prehistoric creatures, who fortunately I guess suffer from extreme shyness or claustrophobia. One basic problem is that the premise of the story is a good deal less interesting that one thinks at first - mostly because we may be familiar with many films in which dinosaurs chase people and other exciting things happen like seeing women wearing furry bikinis. However if we imagine the story man takes a walk and sees a cat, and then substitute the word cat or dinosaur, perhaps we see the problem that Conan-Doyle felt, it's actually not very interesting. As much as it hurts me down to the fingers which glued together airfix model dinosaurs in childhood, the simple fact of a dinosaur does not have intrinsic interest to sustain a novel even such a short one, or if it has, Conan-Doyle doesn't mange to find it. So the story runs as follows Dinosaurs still exist, no they don't, yes they do, well let's go and have a look and check, assemble a team to do so, arrive see dinosaurs. And then what? Conan-Doyle's response is to introduce the fearsome - Ape-man, the mysterious missing link, and borrow from King Solomon's Mines (actually referenced in story) with full savage versus savage battle action and European with their rifles worshipped as living gods(view spoiler)[ Conan Doyle borrows pretty shamelessly from Rider Haggard Professor Challenger is drawn close to Henry Curtis and the plot of a secret land isolated from civilisation is suspiciously similar (hide spoiler)] . And it gets worse (or better depending on your point of view). Creatures the characters don't like are described as filthy and their extermination as cleansing. It's incontrovertible, purely a question of hygiene, well the 20th century was just beginning and this mode of thinking had many more miles to go before it reached the end of that road. What is mildly amusing here is that the species who will meet this fate are part of the "Lost World" a treasury of massive scientific value, the scientists characters are however as happy as everybody else to tidy up nature and kill, kill, kill. Native south-American Indians apparently will intrinsically react to Europeans by carrying the European's luggage even if they share no common language or means of communication. 'Half-breeds' are treacherous and unpleasant ie transgressive in every way, while 'pure' Indians are peaceable and obedient. There is a black man employed as a servant, he is loyal 'like a dog', very strong and somewhat stupid, Conan-Doyle calls him 'Zambo' which is as close as you can get to 'Sambo' as possible, the kind of name you dream up with the assistance of your lawyers when trying to avoid copy-write infringement. The story suddenly with the introduction of diamonds at the end reminded me of How to read Donald Duck - the point of adventures, and the purpose of the rest of the world, is wealth - wealth which only Europeans can profit from - this is the biggest deviation from Verne's Journey to the centre of the earth Conan Doyle takes exactly the same dynamic of by the book scientist vs practical demonstration adventurer by strips the charm from the relationship and adds to the aggression and violence, adds a bargain basement version of Allan Quartermain and a journalist in the spirit of the times. The journalist is the story's narrator, Conan-Doyle isn't sure how to use him - a couple of chapters are written as though letters sent by him to London, while the rest aren't and there is no communication possible with the Imperial capital so there is simply a continuous narrative. Conan-Doyle adds a lengthly let's get the heroes together sequence - this is rather dull and silly and when the adventurers do reach the dinosaurs they are more lifeless than the displays in the Natural History Museum, no wonder they became extinct. Verne is a master of incident to impel the story forward, Conan Doyle isn't. Part of the problem is that his heroes are Britons and representatives of the master race and so can't be seen to be inferior, and therefore can't get lost. Even the Irishman is played straight even if he comes across as a bit lazy and uneducated, when he does something uniquely stupid - going for a midnight stroll in dinosaur country when Conan-Doyle's dinosaurs it has been established, are nocturnal hunters - if all works out for the best as - well I don't want to spoil everything - unlike the map added to the text which gives away great chunks of the narrative. Dull Imperialist story, but on the up side: Rule Britannia! Also reading her Professor Challenger and his wife(view spoiler)[she is literally put in her place, on a narrow pedestal five foot off the ground (hide spoiler)] , one feels with relief how good it is that Sherlock Holmes was celibate (though admittedly we've only Dr Watson's word for it), and coming to think of it it is a bit suspicious how much of his time he spends round with Holmes rather than practising medicine - or does Watson actual earn his money by selling drugs to Holmes? The story shows that Conan-Dolye was a good writer of genre short-stories but struggled with the novel as a form. This one is all one idea - what if prehistoric Sussex existed on a south-American plateau in the present day? But it is an idea which quickly doesn't get very far without the introduction of perfectly horrid ape-men.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Whispering Stories

    Book Reviewed by Clive on www.whisperingstories.com After his initial success Conan Doyle spent much of his literary career trying to break free from Sherlock Holmes but public pressure and the need for a good income kept the two inexorably bound. His historical novels found little success but he achieved more with his science fiction adventures of which The Lost World was by far the most successful. And rightly so. This tale of a hidden world is full of action with many mysteries to ponder. Just Book Reviewed by Clive on www.whisperingstories.com After his initial success Conan Doyle spent much of his literary career trying to break free from Sherlock Holmes but public pressure and the need for a good income kept the two inexorably bound. His historical novels found little success but he achieved more with his science fiction adventures of which The Lost World was by far the most successful. And rightly so. This tale of a hidden world is full of action with many mysteries to ponder. Just imagine the excitement of the readers of Strand Magazine as they waited for the next episode of the story to be published; just what creatures or predicaments would our heroes meet next? As far as I know Conan Doyle never travelled up the Amazon. He obtained his knowledge from other people’s accounts but his descriptions of the jungle are excellent and help to build the tension before they even reach the site of the lost world. Despite the age of the book and the language of the time I found it easy to read. Having the story written in the first person helped to maintain the tension and fear. The principle characters are those one would expect from an action story of that time, the relatively innocent narrator, the two irascible professors and everybody’s favourite, the all-action Lord John Roxton; sportsman, world explorer, British gentleman and all round good egg. The sort of character that we have seen parodied countless times. I was expecting action and mysterious creatures but my surprise was Conan Doyle’s humour. In particular I found myself laughing out loud at the chapter describing the lecture at the start of the book. To use the vernacular of the time the inaudible chairman was an absolute “hoot”. For several reasons The Lost World could not be written today. With the benefit of current knowledge it is hard to believe that such a mix of fauna could exist together in such a relatively small space. Also, any modern book would have a balanced mix of gender and race whereas here we have four upper class English male explorers, some Native South American bearers, a loyal “negro” servant and just two very stereotypical female characters with very minor roles. As is usual for Alma Classics there are a few pages of useful notes to explain some of the references to contemporary persons and literature. The cover has an outline drawing of what must be Lord John in jodhpurs and pith helmet, looking up at pterodactyls flying above. The book has a lively ending and promised more adventures for the leading characters which Conan Doyle fulfilled with several short stories and another book. The Lost World brightened up a couple of dull post-Christmas days and for sheer “ripping yarn” entertainment I have awarded five stars.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*

    3.5 rating “So tomorrow we disappear into the unknown. This account I am transmitting down the river by canoe, and it may be our last word to those who are interested in our fate.” Ironically the first part was better than when the actual adventure started. I think it's because the writer did not indulge in so much descriptive rambling and lengthy pauses during the build-up, which allowed that part of the story to shine triumphantly with humor, quirky characters, and fun motivations. I loved the 3.5 rating “So tomorrow we disappear into the unknown. This account I am transmitting down the river by canoe, and it may be our last word to those who are interested in our fate.” Ironically the first part was better than when the actual adventure started. I think it's because the writer did not indulge in so much descriptive rambling and lengthy pauses during the build-up, which allowed that part of the story to shine triumphantly with humor, quirky characters, and fun motivations. I loved the protagonist and Professor Challenger - eventually I ended up enjoying the four main travelers, but those two were the most fun. Challenger was especially thrilling with his brutish humor, fearsome reputation, and kinship with the ape people. I laughed aloud a few times, which I didn't expect when I first dared to pick this one up. While the adventure part was full action-adventure mode, descriptive, creative and chilling, sometimes it left my interest in the dust. The story became long-winded and downright dull for many parts. It has all the winning tropes – testosterone overload as the men bond and pair against each other, trying to one-up each other’s stories and heroics; betrayals in the group; adventures where people escape at the nick of time; heroes not believed until they show evidence that leaves no doubt; comedy and adventure mixed as one. Unfortunately it’s a little too action-packed at times, but overall it’s still deserving of its classic reputation and will live on.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kwesi 章英狮

    I don't like to end the book so soon, I really love this book although I expected something gorier like dinosaur killing the whole tribe or cannibals eat human flesh. Still, I did love this book in many ways and as long as I live I'll treasure this book forever. Hey, stop looking to me like that. I can still remember all the things I read from the book. Amen. The whole journey started when a Gazette Irish journalist named, Malone, went go straight to the house of notorious Professor Challenged cl I don't like to end the book so soon, I really love this book although I expected something gorier like dinosaur killing the whole tribe or cannibals eat human flesh. Still, I did love this book in many ways and as long as I live I'll treasure this book forever. Hey, stop looking to me like that. I can still remember all the things I read from the book. Amen. The whole journey started when a Gazette Irish journalist named, Malone, went go straight to the house of notorious Professor Challenged claims that dinosaurs exist. To give them proof the scientist sent away a team and of course himself to journey that they won't regret forever that talks about surviving, extinction and friendship. But when they went home, a sudden change of fate is waiting for them This is a good book and reminds me of The Time Machine. It has the same narration with the book and the story was kind of documentation by letters of their journey through the land of extinction. There are boring parts in the book and mostly those parts are in the beginning before they left. Anyway, I recommend this book to everyone who loves to read Arthur Conan Doyle's works and people who love prehistoric animals. As a science student I have problem regarding the usage of a scientific name on chapter 8. About Nuttonia vexillaria said to be a rare plant and the second word must start in small letters to follow the rules regarding naming a plant. But I'm not sure if the plant was in Latin because I did a research online and can't find the plant. Another unconditional moment on the book was the fight between the Indian tribe and the Ape-men. I was so shock that I can't stop reading that part that I want to know what happened to them and in the end, my heart broke into pieces and nobody can help but to observe the real meaning of extinction. It was a great example and I think most of the readers find it interesting since it has a symbol of how things extinct in real world. If you don't like spoiler please don't continue. I also find the naming of the Lake funny and what happened to him and to the girl in the near end. I was so ashamed of him being too young minded bout love and so on. Although romance did not emphasize in the book, it happens that it was so funny that it keeps on popping in my head. The right part, they did not even proved everyone that dinosaurs exist and it was the best thing happened than killing extinct animals for selfish rights. When Lord Roxton mentioned the blue gay, I have this feeling that diamonds exist from them. It was simple, I watch movies adopted from the book and they usually surrounded by blue clay or sand and same with the other books I read such as Sidney Sheldon's Master of the Game. And why I mentioned it, because everyone had their chance to make their dreams come true in the end. After a cup of coffee or tea, all their hard work payed in a very surprising way. Review posted on Old-Fashioned Reader . Rating: The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle, 4 Sweets Challenges: Book #256 for 2011

  10. 5 out of 5

    Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)

    The Lost World is a classic work of action/adventure that has a lively feel that made for a very fun read. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, best known for his Sherlock Holmes stories, has a way of writing an engaging tale. For readers who fear reading books published prior to the later 20th century out of the desire to avoid dry, stale language, I would offer up this book. Although it shows the sentiments, good and bad, for the period in which it was written, the writing tone could easily be as modern as The Lost World is a classic work of action/adventure that has a lively feel that made for a very fun read. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, best known for his Sherlock Holmes stories, has a way of writing an engaging tale. For readers who fear reading books published prior to the later 20th century out of the desire to avoid dry, stale language, I would offer up this book. Although it shows the sentiments, good and bad, for the period in which it was written, the writing tone could easily be as modern as a work published in the recent years. It doesn't have much of a dated feel to this reader, except in one way that I will address later. Mr. Doyle takes the scientific debates of the later Victorian, early Edwardian period, and gives us vivid characters to speak for the different viewpoints, making what could be a dry discussion of evolutionary biology and the various proponents or antagonists therein, and instead crafting a diverting read. Challenger: Challenger is by far the most hilarious character in this story. He is completely pompous and arrogant, assured that he knows everything, and of his utter superiority in every way. He is oblivious to the idea that anything should shake his massive self-confidence. Although he is right a lot of the time, sometimes he's very, very wrong (or his way of analyzing and approaching things is just skewed), not that he lets that bother him much. Mr. Doyle created an iconic figure here, so it doesn't surprise me that he wrote other stories about Challenger. He's too good a character to let go of. Summerlee: Summerlee is mostly a foil for the more vibrant, and sometimes often obnoxious Challenger. He doesn't come off quite as vivid as either Challenger or Roxton, but he adds to the scope and detail of this story with his acerbic, strong, but not bull-like in the way of Challenger, personality. He turns out to be a very valuable member of the exhibition, both for his counterpart role as the voice of reason to the more bombastic Challenger, but also for his scientific knowledge and rationality in the face of very eye-raising events in the Lost World. Roxton: Goodness, I did love this character. I have seen and encountered those in popular media who exhibit the Great White Hunter stereotype, but Roxton didn't strike me that way at all. He's an alpha male in all the good ways. He wasn't one-dimensional, only driven by the hunt and sport (as I feared), although those were important things to him. He's a man's man, but he's also a thinker and a doer. He is a man who lives life to the fullest, and doesn't let fear or 'can't dos' stand in the way. He is a lot more compassionate and crusading that I expected. I thought he would be self-serving and superior. That's not him at all. Roxton is another iconic, larger-than-life character, that no doubt fueled many of the adventurer types that have populated later literature and cinema/television stories in this genre. In his own way, Roxton is also a foil for Challenger. Challenger is convinced of his self-importance, and ever ready to take credit for what he does. Roxton likes the thrill and the challenge. He claims his trophies, but it's not about the right to brag. It's about the doing for him. His very apt, if "school of hard knocks" wisdom saves the day many a time on this journey. Malone: Malone is the point of view of this novel. We see everything through his eyes, and his wry observations make for some very humorous moments. Doyle also uses Malone to convey the wonder of the Lost World. He describes both the dangerous and fearsome aspects of the lost world, and the rare and eye-opening beauty in a way that pulls me into the narrative head first. Malone and Roxton seem to be contrasted in ways in that Malone is a bit more of the thinker, who wishes he was the doer. He has quite a case of hero worship for Roxton, but Malone proves to be very valuable on this expedition, both as a source of information, and by his own feats that save and protect the various members on the expedition. He turns out to be a character that one should not underestimate or dismiss. You take the good with the bad: When it comes to older books and stories, one prepares to see some rather disappointing exhibitions of racism come into play. As a reader of classic and pulp literature, I have had it hit me very badly with some authors, and others where I was surprised at how enlightened their attitudes seemed. For the most part, this wasn't as bad as it could have been in that sense. However, it did bother me and made me wince how the one Negro character was referred to as 'our faithful' and as though he was an unintelligent object or possession pretty much every time. I found it very patronizing and offensive. His speech was very stereotyped (poor English and using the word 'Massa'), and showing slavish devotion to his white 'betters'. He was even referred to as being as intelligent as a horse. You could take that in the manner in which it was intended (which I did), as the man being less intelligent than white men, or you could take that as Doyle believing horses are smart cookies. Out of this whole book (which I had mainly favorable reactions to), this aspect left a bad taste in my mouth. It seemed as though the views of the South American natives were more enlightented than the black man. Yeah, that smarts. Also there is a tone that speaks of the inherent superiority of the white man and Europeans. I'm not beating up Doyle. I'm telling it like it is and how it affected me as a reader of color. I realize that these were the prevalent thoughts of the time. But this is not something that makes me a happy camper. Thus, it dulls the shining light of this story somewhat for this reader. On the good side....: The science, botany and zoology, exhibited in this story seemed quite knowledgeable, showing that Doyle did attempt to do his homework. I am no dinosaur expert, but I did recognize many of the older names for dinosaurs which probably came into common knowledge around the period in which this was written. This story also conveys a detail about the South American rainforests and tropical environs that made for a seemingly credible read. I felt like I was along for the journey, but immensely glad that I was just reading this book on my Kindle when it came to encountering vicious carnivorous species and the rather vile apemen. End Verdict: The Lost World is a piece of classic literature that no respectable adventure fan should go without reading. If you enjoy movies like Indiana Jones or Tomb Raider, or any other of the many treasure hunting/lost world expedition movies and tv shows, then take a little time to explore one of the forefronts in this genre of literature. I give it a thumbs up.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Shovelmonkey1

    WARNING: TERRIBLE LIZARDS CONTAINED WITHIN The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle is the literary equivalent of the plucky and elegant Caudipteryx when placed next to the stomping roaring Tyrannosaurus that represents the Hollywood mega block busters of Jurassic Park and the Lost World. If it doesn't zip along fast enough it might get squashed. But it does zip along quite speedily and has all the pre-requisites needed for a boys-own adventure story. Specifically boys-own, because there are no ladie WARNING: TERRIBLE LIZARDS CONTAINED WITHIN The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle is the literary equivalent of the plucky and elegant Caudipteryx when placed next to the stomping roaring Tyrannosaurus that represents the Hollywood mega block busters of Jurassic Park and the Lost World. If it doesn't zip along fast enough it might get squashed. But it does zip along quite speedily and has all the pre-requisites needed for a boys-own adventure story. Specifically boys-own, because there are no ladies to speak of in this early 20th century romp. Well, there is one but she's nothing but a low down strumpet who cruelly breaks the heart of budding journalist and aspiring adventurer, Mr Edward Malone, so we'll not dwell too long on the tainting presence of those with an XX chromosome within these mostly men only pages. The simian Professor Challenger is soundly mocked by British academe for his belief that he has discovered a lost world in South America. He claims that he has evidence (literally sketchy at best) to prove the existence of the sort of place that would make Darwin weep into his Earl Grey and have Linnaeus pissing in his britches with excitement. Prof Challenger, like so many Profs of my own acquaintance does not take kindly to criticism or disbelievers, so rallies a group of hardy adventurers to strike out for the Amazon basin with the aim of bringing back proof. The journey is narrated and documented by Edward Malone who, it seems is willing to put up with all manner of aggravation and patronising comments in order to get his front page story. After a long and winding journey down the Amazon and finding a way onto the prehistoric plateau, disaster strikes and the group become trapped... and then in the tradition of many great foreign exploits and invasions, realise that being decidedly British and having impressive facial hair are not actually the same thing as having food, supplies and a plan. Numerous encounters with prehistoric beasties are fast and fierce although Mr Malone lacks a bit when it comes to descriptive faculties so instead of giant snarling monsters, you would be forgiven for thinking that the group is being pursued by an overly large and bellicose toad. Angry Anura aside, the Amazonian canopy is also sheltering two sub species of humans. Angry ape-men and meek, mild and more evolved homo sapiens type. Now keep in mind that the explorers are there for King and Country and therefore the most logical thing to do is slaughter the group that seem less advanced and embark upon a programme of what amounts to basic ethnic cleansing. How terribly colonial. Having dispatched what might have been the missing link, without so much as the blink of an eye or an ethnographic study, the victorious Englishmen return home with the proof they need and a front page story guaranteed to knock Scott of the Antarctic off the front pages. In your face Scott. Ok, no one actually says that in the book. An entertaining and generally quite wholesome read if you can somehow overlook the colonial-ness of the tome. The dinosaurs are not as scary as anything offered up by unholy-wood in recent times but it's fair to say that, even though it's over one hundred years old, this tale still has some bite.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Apatt

    “He would be a harder, sterner man, not so ready to adapt himself to a silly girl's whim. But, above all, he must be a man who could do, who could act, who could look Death in the face and have no fear of him, a man of great deeds and strange experiences. It is never a man that I should love, but always the glories he had won; for they would be reflected upon me. Think of Richard Burton!” What? Oh this Richard Burton! I don’t want to post a photo of the explorer Burton (too many pics in this revi “He would be a harder, sterner man, not so ready to adapt himself to a silly girl's whim. But, above all, he must be a man who could do, who could act, who could look Death in the face and have no fear of him, a man of great deeds and strange experiences. It is never a man that I should love, but always the glories he had won; for they would be reflected upon me. Think of Richard Burton!” What? Oh this Richard Burton! I don’t want to post a photo of the explorer Burton (too many pics in this review already) but he looks a bit like Freddy Mercury. Ah! That crazy little thing called love. The above opening quote is spoken by Gladys, the love of Edward Malone’s life. Malone – you see – is the first person narrator of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s dinotastic The Lost World. So, basically—in order to impress Gladys—the hapless Malone goes on an expedition to South America with the eccentric and very ill-tempered Professor Challenger (who really lives up to his name), also accompanied by a professional jungle adventurer and a biologist. The mission is to bring proof of prehistoric creatures Prof Challenger claims to exist on a plateau he found there on a previous visit. They do, of course, find loads of dinosaurs and other weird critters, otherwise this novel would be pointless. Much proto-Jurassic Park adventuring ensues. When I read this book as a teen, during the first half of the book I was thinking “enough of all this stuff in London, bring on the dinos already!”. Indeed the first half of The Lost World is all about introducing the colorful characters, and establishing their various motives for the expedition. As a more patient adult reader, I quite enjoyed these earlier chapters, especially the memorable introduction of Professor Challenger who prefers to let his fists do the talking when somebody even slightly annoys him. The little punch-up he has with Malone is quite hilarious. I also enjoy the nonsense with Gladys and the riotous medical students. I cannot help but admire the way Conan Doyle skillfully builds up the narrative, from the drawing of a stegosaurus by a dead artist to the team’s suddenly coming upon some iguanodons, to other deadly encounters. Once the dinosaurs start to appear the book becomes very fast-paced, with the characters getting into scrapes on almost every page. It is a shame that Professor Challenger is nearly as well-known as Conan Doyle’s most legendary creation Sherlock Holmes, in his ways he is just as intriguing, with his superb intellect paired with an uncontrollable temper. That's him! Professor Challenger I am not sure about the scientific feasibility of the plateau which somehow manages to save prehistoric animals from extinction. Seems a bit dodgy, but who cares, right? The many scenes of dinosaur attacks are marvelously vividly written, I particularly love the stuff with the pterodactyls. . I don’t really have a lot more to say about The Lost World, any more plot details would probably spoil the book for you. If you are one of those people who have never read a classic published over a century ago because you have the impression that they may be too stuffy for you then perhaps The Lost World is the ideal one to check out. It really is tremendous old school fun. If you are a Jurassic Park fan this book is a must, Michael Crichton’s 1995 novel The Lost World is basically a reboot of this novel, I suppose the title is a tribute to Conan Doyle. I can’t think of any more ifs or buts, The Lost World should appeal to just about anybody. My only complaint is the absence of any tyrannosaurus rex! ________________________ Notes • Audiobook credit: Fabulous Librivox free audiobook, very entertainingly read by Bob Neufeld. Thank you! • There is only one other Professor Challenger novel, The Land of Mist, by all account it is an unreadable mess, written late in his career when Conan Doyle, grieving from the loss of his wife and child, became involved in spiritualism. His Prof Challenger short stories The Poison Belt, When the World Screamed, and The Disintegration Machine are all fun, though. • Awesome 1925 movie poster, anachronistic sexy jungle girl notwithstanding (click to enlarge) Quotes “Our young friend makes up for many obvious mental lacunae by some measure of primitive common sense” “He's as clever as they make 'em—a full-charged battery of force and vitality, but a quarrelsome, ill-conditioned faddist” “An area, as large perhaps as Sussex, has been lifted up en bloc with all its living contents, and cut off by perpendicular precipices of a hardness which defies erosion from all the rest of the continent. What is the result? Why, the ordinary laws of Nature are suspended. The various checks which influence the struggle for existence in the world at large are all neutralized or altered. Creatures survive which would otherwise disappear.”

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jelena

    I’ve been on an adventure! And I’m quite glad I read this at an adult age. “The Lost World” is an adventure novel through and through, pure in its quest for new thrills and sensations, a glorious and unadulterated pulp. An old-school fantasy escapade with all its props and décor protruding out of everywhere. And how I loved it for that! It’s a pretty safe bet that my 12-year-old self would’ve overanalysed it by acting all grown-up and intellectual, nagging at the characters’ implausible actions I’ve been on an adventure! And I’m quite glad I read this at an adult age. “The Lost World” is an adventure novel through and through, pure in its quest for new thrills and sensations, a glorious and unadulterated pulp. An old-school fantasy escapade with all its props and décor protruding out of everywhere. And how I loved it for that! It’s a pretty safe bet that my 12-year-old self would’ve overanalysed it by acting all grown-up and intellectual, nagging at the characters’ implausible actions and stereotypical features of the story. And there sure are enough of those. But making a fuzz about unscientific conduct on a scientific expedition and rash decisions of sketched-out types is like asking who’s in charge of refuelling the Blackbird or what Batman does when he’s got to pee during an all-night crime-fighting spree. It simply doesn’t matter. Instead, this book has got it all: Opening with a capricious brat and a poor, delusional nerd in need of adventure, moving on to an infallible example of all-round manliness and a catfight between eminent scientists. Even though there are no grand revelations and twists and the reader knows what to expect from the very beginning, the story shows quite a dynamic pace and focusses on the events and experiences along the way. The best part, though, are and always will be the dinosaurs. Whoever fails to get all giddy and excited about dinosaurs is forever dead inside. “The Lost World” has got something of a journey through time. It felt like a visit to my younger self, the one who wanted to be Indiana Jones, as well as to a completely different world and atmosphere – not only to the lost plateau itself, but also to its literary world, since this novel is absolutely a child of its time. And it was all a delight!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Werner

    Note, March2, 2016: I've just edited this review to correct a misspelled word. Like one of my Goodreads friends, I should say at the outset that my review can't add much to the excellent one already written by another friend, Lady Danielle (http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/... ). But I'll go ahead and share my perspective anyway, for what it's worth. While I did like the book, my rating for it wasn't quite as high as most of my friends gave it (for reasons I'll indicate below). But it's a goo Note, March2, 2016: I've just edited this review to correct a misspelled word. Like one of my Goodreads friends, I should say at the outset that my review can't add much to the excellent one already written by another friend, Lady Danielle (http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/... ). But I'll go ahead and share my perspective anyway, for what it's worth. While I did like the book, my rating for it wasn't quite as high as most of my friends gave it (for reasons I'll indicate below). But it's a good adventure yarn, still appealing on that level even 100 years after it was written, and for anyone seriously interested in the roots of modern science fiction, a must-read. The whole SF theme of juxtaposing the prehistoric with the present-day world derives directly from this novel; Doyle continues to be a serious influence on contemporary genre writers like Crichton, and a host of others in between. Much of the novel's appeal comes from the sheer power and fascination of the concept of being able to directly experience dinosaurs firsthand. In 1912, this idea was completely new; it's less so now, but even so, it retains a lot of its intrinsic excitement. Doyle's treatment mostly builds on this advantage positively; he's a very capable writer in terms of craftsmanship (I don't list him as a favorite for nothing!). His plot is solid and his pacing brisk, with plenty of the jeopardies and challenges that draw readers (including me) to this type of fiction. He peoples the narrative with vividly drawn characters. The most obvious of these is his series character Prof. Challenger, introduced here: too big (physically and in sheer force of personality) to ignore, supremely egotistical, belligerent, and combative, but brilliant, ingenious, and courageous. (Both Doyle's Holmes and Challenger were at least partly based on actual people; the latter on Doyle's medical school professor William Rutherfurd, just as Holmes was on Rutherfurd's colleague Joseph Bell.) But the supporting characters like Lord Roxton and Prof. Summerlee are brought fully to life as well (Roxton is really the most likeable of the group --his character here is vastly different from the arrogant jerk in the very unfaithful made-for-TV movie and series adaptation!). Malone, the narrator and viewpoint character, is less colorful, but he's an Everyman that readers can identify with --and like identifying with, as he proves himself brave and competent in various situations. Being written at a time when literary syntax was no longer as florid and convoluted as it had been in the early and mid-1800s, the prose here is pretty straightforward in style; it won't inhibit any modern reader with a good vocabulary. And the climax of the novel leaves the reader with some of the most arresting mental images I've ever experienced. For me, though, there were factors that kept the book from being a four-star read. That the science is dated wasn't that big a problem for me; we've explored enough of the earth by now to know that the idea of any surviving Jurassic ecosystem is pretty far-fetched, but in 1912 that wasn't the case. (Though he doesn't name the locality, Doyle actually based his physical setting for the titular Lost World on the then-wholly-unexplored high plateau of Roraima in southern Venezuela.) But the author's uncritical Darwinism is more of a challenge to belief; though one can, I suppose, accept Doyle's "ape-men" (which one character calls "missing links") here much as we accept dragons and unicorns in fantasy. One of my Goodreads friends likes Challenger better than Holmes, but I didn't have the same reaction. Indeed, although Challenger's character fascinates, I can't really say that I like him much at all (in real life, I think he'd drive me up the wall quickly if I had to be much in his company). Lady Danielle, in her review, analyzes the patronizing treatment and negative stereotyping of the only black character in the exploring party, Zambo, and I can't improve on her comments there. I'd add that the treatment of the Hispanic-Indian guide Gomez (he's repeatedly referred to or identified as "half-breed") is equally invidious, or more so; Zambo at least is seen as a sympathetic character, while Gomez is a treacherous, homicidal villain. To be sure, some blacks of that day and now (and some whites) exhibit traits like Zambo's, and no doubt some Hispanic-Indians (like some whites) ARE treacherous, homicidal villains. It's the absence of any balance to those portrayals here that gives the impression that we're being invited to view every real-life black, Hispanic or Indian person that way, a kind of racial stereotyping that comes across as a sour note in the read. The racist attitudes are matched by sexist ones; I can't say that the author's portrayal of women is very favorable. That the exploring party is all male is probably to be expected in any writing from this era, but like Verne in Journey to the Center of the Earth (at least in the translation I read), Doyle uses a conversation between the viewpoint character and his romantic interest at the beginning to pound home the point that adventuring is strictly a male preserve. The lady delivers lines like, "There are heroisms all around us waiting to be done. It's for men to do them, and for women to reserve their love as a reward for such men.... That's what I should like --to be envied for my man," and "It is never a man that I should love, but always the glories that he had won, for they would be reflected upon me.... These are the sort of men that a woman could worship with all her soul and yet be the greater, not the less, on account of her love, honored by all the world as the inspirer of noble deeds." (That choking noise in the background is me gagging.) And finally, there's no strong message here that speaks to any truth about the human condition, nor any ideas that make you seriously think. The negatives here, though, didn't pull down the positives enough to keep me from liking the book overall. If you can put up with the former, the latter will provide you with some rousing entertainment!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jon(athan) Nakapalau

    Almost every 'dinosaurs are alive' movie owes something to this book; a fantastic adventure story for young boys and girls that will make them curious about science and adventure.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Raghdaa Morad

    ياالله😍 جميلة وممتعه جداً جداً حسيت انى رجعت لتانية ثانوى لما كنت بخبي روايات ما وراء الطبيعه والرجل المستحيل في كتبي وانا بذاكر حسيت بمتعه كبيره وانا بتخيل تفاصيلها وشكل الهنود والغابات وتشالجنر وعصبيتة الزايدة ،، ممتعه جداً وانصح بقرائتها بشدة وشكر كبير لأستاذي الغالي أحمد خالد توفيق على الترجمة

  17. 5 out of 5

    The Pirate Ghost (Formerly known as the Curmudgeon)

    "Just 'cause the Postman ain't been bit lately don't mean the dog forgot how to bite." (B.E.Anthony) In other words, "just because the book is old, doesn't mean it's not a good read." (Me) In fact, I'll go a step further and point out that victorian and early 20th century writers like Edgar Rice Burroughs and Arthur Conan Doyle were able to do what famed writers like Micheal Crieghton struggled to do, that is overlay a science based fantasy world atop the mundane and theoretically understandab "Just 'cause the Postman ain't been bit lately don't mean the dog forgot how to bite." (B.E.Anthony) In other words, "just because the book is old, doesn't mean it's not a good read." (Me) In fact, I'll go a step further and point out that victorian and early 20th century writers like Edgar Rice Burroughs and Arthur Conan Doyle were able to do what famed writers like Micheal Crieghton struggled to do, that is overlay a science based fantasy world atop the mundane and theoretically understandable real world without loosing the knack of telling a really great story. There are parts of Jurrasic Park that I liked, parts I didn't but nobody should ever believe that it is as complete a written work as "The Lost World" by Doyle. Jurrasic Park lacks endearing characters and often the scientific gobble-di-gook overpowers any entertainment value in the story. His next novel in the series "The Lost World"...hmm... catchy title...., finally does a lot of good work to reconnect the dots but it still falls short of Doyle's wonderful engaging tale of adventure. *** Before I go on, I should warn you, there are spoilers in this review. I am trying to use the tools to block parts of it, but I'm a novice and some might still slip by me. Fore warned is forarmed... kind of like Popeye I guess.*** The Synopsis -- (view spoiler)[Our young hero, Ned Malone, an Irish Journalist, which mean's he's twice marked, struggling to make of name for himself listens to his love (of the moment) Gladys Hungerton. Ah.. what is in a name?... We'll talk about the bitch later. Convinced that he has to make a name for himself, perform some heroic deed and to three cartwheels a back handspring and a back flip to win her hand for marriage, and her love, not neccessarily in that order, hits up his editor for a story assignment that allows him no end of heroic deeds. He gets a noncommital suggestion to interview the famed genius, nitwit, hot head, great orator G.E.Challenger, known by the press up till now for throwing journalists out of his house himself, bodily. Surviving an interview with Challenger, "oh, that man" alone should have been enough but once there, Challenger systmatically traps our young Malone with his tale just long enough to infect him with the "wander-lust" bug. Challenger then tricks the Geogrpahic Scociety into funding an expidition to prove he's a lunatic which our man Malone allows himself to be drafted in the name of volunterism. Also on the trip, the famed Lord John Roxton (more on him later) and an ill tempered doctor of medicine (and other things) Dr.Summerlee. The quartet makes their way through the Brazilian jungle quickly (as the reader paces) with a few exciting moments provided mostly by Summerlee and Challenger's constant bickering...I'm sorry G.E.C. "Debating". They they arrive at "the Plateau" and ignore all warning signs that say "go back, your an idiot if you keep going up this mountain... I told you to turn back. ... Do you see the dead body?... LOOK AT THE BONES MAN!" Our hero's persevere and with Challenger's help find themselves standing on the edge of the lost world. The plateau, the lost world, is more like a lint trap in the dryer of evolution and time than it is a place frozen in time. Caught in a delicate ecological balance, Dinosaurs rome the fair sized valley along with terrifying apemen and a large tribe of "indians." Just when things are going well (in Challenger's point of view) treachery strikes and two of his indian guides sabatoge the make shift bridge they used to reach the lost world trapping the explorers to face the horrors and wonderous scientific findings of this "lost world." Don't worry about the indians, Jon Roxton shoots one, the other gets his head ripped off by Zamboo, the mentally deficient black bearer that becomes the party's only link with the outside world. His job in the story is to be bigger and badder than anyone in the valley of death (therefore he shall not fear) and carry Malone's dispatches to the river where some well meaning and apparently bonded steam boat captain will start the dasy-chain relay that gets them to McCardle in London, his editor, and his sweetheart the Witch Gladdys Hungerton. "Eeew she's a mean one sir." (more on Zamboo later, just a statment. His role is to carry the letters, nothing more, which he does well.) Roxton, Challenger, Summerlee and Malone set about exploring their new world. Every day brings a new find, and a new argument between Challenger and Summerlee (who does give Challenger his due moments before becoming the irascable genius's foil again). They find that the ape-men are not particularly sportsman like fellows who throw their captives over a cliff and applaud the demise of the fallen... um, if you'll pardon the unintended pun. Theres daring rescues and all sorts of man eating dinosaurs, some dinosaur eating men, and remarkably witty dialog for this era of tale. In the end, they bring back one little pterodactle, freak London out and everyone's a hero. Malone doesn't get the girl (thank god) and he and John Roxton agree to go back to the Lost World and explore it some more! (yes, this is a series of books, not just a sing shot.) (hide spoiler)] There, that's it in a nutshell. Here's what I didn't say in the synopsis that may be of more interest to you if you are deciding to read the book. This is a delightful story. If Doyle were a politician, he'd be a populist. He tells us a story for entertainment first. The story is fast moving, the writing easy on the eyes, with the same kind of logical arguments and logic puzzles that we've come to expect from modern works. Points of View-- What I found as very entertaining and, okay, I'll say it, masterful was the way Doyle allowed his characters Roxton, Challenger and Summerlee to give us three very different, yet important points of view in a way where one did not smother the other. Summerlee, reprsents establishment science, the current body of knowledge of European Elite Thinkers. Though his point of view took a beating (he did think Challenger was a fraud at first) he provided a sound framework to understand the science involved as he had his chances to examine it. Roxton, provided the everyman, worker-bee, unvarnished point of view as a naturalist, but also as a man who "gets things done." Not so caught up in the wonder of it all like Summerlee and Challenger, he thinks like a hunter, and a pragmatist but he is still not touched by what he sees. But, his view is nothing like Challenger and Summerlee's view. This is the NRA conservationist who bemoans firing his rifle because the sound is something that nothing on the plateau has ever heard before. Don't worry, he gets over that fast. and Challenger who is the "out of the box thinker." Where Summerlee is perfectly comfortable with what he believes as his universe slowly expands, Challenger wants to be on the rocket that goes beyond all knowledge into a great unknown. He is the true adventurer here (with exception to John Roxton, who is a different kind of adventurer). He uses his keen intelect to take the unknown in two meaty fists and study it until he figures it out. He likes problems to solve and boy does he dislike anyone that doesn't just roll over, and accept everything he says as fact. He's also the most colourful of the three and the least confined by convention and belief. Yes, one could also note the time of Freud and Karl Jung and point out that there is also a bit of the "Id" in Challenger, the "Ego" in John Roxton and the "Super Ego" in Summerlee. This is likely a recurring theme in works of this time. As in Lord of the flies, the three parts of the collective unconscious work together to solve problems, the Id (child) screaming at the Super Ego (Parent) while the Ego (Adult) processes it all and decides what needs to be done. This analogic portrayal of the three parts of the psychic unconscoius is like a play that presents itself to Malone, who, like a good journalist, reports it to us. The Hidden Treasures -- What elevates this book to a 4 star read from a strong 3 is the hidden treasures. This is so many other types of books rolled into one. Here are some of what's here. Comming of Age This is the story of a boyish Malone becoming a man. There's a message in this. Malone's a young man in his 20s, with a career, yet in Doyle's time he is not considered "a man" (adult). This is not a flaw in his character, it is because he simply hasn't lived to see a smidge of what's out there to be seen or have those experiences that move and change a person from childish fancy to practical, strong adult hood. In the begining, Malone is a strong body, sharp minded young man but weak of will, not because he's deficient, but because he's still a slave of his own fears and desires like most youth. He's enfatuated with Gladys (oh, yea, we all know a Gladys Hungerton) who (view spoiler)[ has no love for him and makes sport of his advances, toys with his emotion and is the driving force behind running off where he could get killed in the name of glorifying her. In the end, he returns to find her married to another, save, very Hobbit like man, who has had little in the way of adventure and likely has trouble seeing the edges of the box, let alone allowing his mind out to work "out of it." Malone shows a measure of class as he suddenly realizes that she's been playing him all along, handles things with courage and dignity (as much as anyone could have) and goes off to find Roxton and join his expidition. He gives up childish things and fancy and steps into the real world (the "adult" world). And with a firm handshake, the "man's man" John Roxton accepts him as an adult. Conflict, Man against ... All three of the great conflicts found in great works (or at least talked about in them) are present here. Man against Nature, even if it's prehistoric it's still nature. That part is obvious and I won't go into detail about it other than to say, John Roxton leads the foursome through a minefield where any missed step could produce calamity. He only uses his weapon when he absolutely has to to survive, or to save the others. Everything he notices is about the beauty that is here NOW and needs to be preserved. Challenger and Summerlee want to study things as they are, undisturbed. There are a few preciously sparse statements about the delicate balance that had to exist on the plateau in order for everything to stay alive, and not die out or spread into the jungle around and how important that is to preserve. Sure, this is more man against man, but in this case, the nature eats you. So, that's a given, they lived. Man Against Man The man against man battles are more philisophical than actual until the last chapters of the book. They are reprsented by arguments between Challenger and... well, just about everybody about the difference between what we know to be true and what could be true. There is an amusing possibility that comes to mind here. THis book obviously embraces evolution. Doyle himself was known for being a staunch creationist. I wonder if Challenger's denial that he bore any resembalance to the "ape men" is Doyle, also a known practical joker, thumbing his nose at evolutionists. The one guy who should be embracing evolution, when confronted with the absolute question, "you look like an ape, are you in or out?" rejects association with evolution and wants no part of being decended from these apes. I guess, "Some Apes are better than others?" Or as I think Doyle is trying to put it. "When it comes right down to the brass tacks, nobody really believes we are descended from apes." I think he's teasing us again. It's a matter of opinion, that is mine. I don't agree with Doyle, but I love the way he works that in there. It got so much play as part of the humor that it couldn't have been an accident. This man vs man conflict expands to be new man (the indians) aided by modern man (hence another suggestion that we descended from man) overcome the terryfying and powerful apemen and vanquish them. (could this be a mini-drama like Hamlet's "Mouse Trap" where creationists finally put an end to any thought we descended from monkey's by abolishing the missing link?.. just a thought.) In the end, Challenger's ideals win out, and leads the world to a new, golden age of knowledge and enlightenment. Of course much of this could be considered "Man against himself" and each of the characters go through their own version of that time honored sense of conflict. There is too much to detail here and I want to focus on ... Man vs. Himself There is also a wonderful story about facing your own fears here. It's part of the "coming of age" tale that I mentioned earlier. The story of Malone overcoming cowardice, or better stated, coming to grips with/acceptance of his own fears. This very poingantly includes his fear of being afraid, well, looking afraid anyway. Malone is Doyle's James Cagney from the movie "The Fightin 69th." Malone earned acceptance from John Roxton (the everyman character) not because he was truely brave, but because he was more afraid of John Roxton seeing him as afraid than he was afraid of getting his head blown off...or as FDR put it, "The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself." Malone gets himself in trouble time and time again because he is afraid of being a failure, afraid of being measured and coming up short, afraid of the others seeing how afraid he is. He goads himself into taking a "walk about," in the middle of the night even after he finds out he's grabbed a shotgun and taken a handfull of carbine cartridges. Ironically this saves him from the Apemen, but also tells us loud and clear. If you cannot get a handle on this, Malone, you will ultimately not be there when your 15 minutes of fame arrive for the taking. In this man vs himself, conflict, Lord John Roxton is the mirror that shows Malone what he wishes to be like, confident, strong, a leader. What he needs is a mirror that shows him what he is like now. Over time and through surviving adventures he gets that but it doesn't hit home until he goes to his lovely Gladys, to tell her of his heroism and bravery only to find her married to an accountant from Sojo. Wasn't she the one who rejected him on the grounds that (excuse me Bonnie Tyler) she was "Holding Out for a Hero?" I can hear the music in the opening chapter. In true keeping with a talented story teller. Malone finds out after all is said and done that it is childish to allow your fear to rule you. The ture measure of a man is not how fearless he is, but how well he manages his own fears. Without fear, there is no bravery. Courage is the ability to continue on, despite, or against, your fears of what may happen to you. He symbolically announces this when he throws his broken heart in with Lord John Roxton to go back to the Lost world for a second expidition. Malone has become a man. It would be remiss of me not to point out another possibility, my opinion, of course, but possible. Most people do not know how long there have been hostile feelings and actions linked with the English presence on Northern Ireland. That entire subculture of terror, strong fisted doctrine, mouthy speaches and blowing things up started during or possibly before Doyle's time. Could be Malone was made Irish as a way of suggesting to the Irish that they should grow up and join the United Kingdom. (yes, its more complicated than that, but this isn't a possibility I know enough about to explore. Just a enough to stir the pot.) Which brings us to Zambo. I'm not going to appologize or berate Doyle's depection of the story's only black man as mentally retarded. It is a sign of the times. To Doyle's credit, this was only one man, not an entire ethnic group and may not be representative of his view of black men. Native Indians of South America and the Irish might have more to legitimately complain about. Neither am I going to comment (past this) about the use of the word "Negro." It is just a sign of the times. I wil say this. If you find yourself affected by things like this. "Look at how far we've come!" nobody would ever get away with it in this day and age. Progress may be hard to see, but it's still progress. We are no longer where we once toiled on the mountain. Though there is still plenty of mountain to climb. and one last fun/oddity that I noticed. Again, a sign of the times and possibly a mark of progress. Doyle's view of women reflect Victorian Era values and principles, not modern ones. Case in point, when Malone goes to woo Gladys, he should have taken the hint she wasn't interested, but he allows her to commit himself to visions of heroism to win her hand and off he runs, likely to his death. When Challenger's wife (a little too french for some) starts to berate him for throwing Malone into the street and giving him a black eye, he simply puts her on a pedistal. No, I mean he litterally puts her on a pedistal that's too high for her to get down from on her own. Some might call that "Putting her in her place" again it is in sync with the morals and values of the time, but modern ladies might see the symbology there as, distasteful. You tell me. Fortunately I'm not a modern lady. (hide spoiler)] (and the best thing about the book... Malone played Rugby on the Irish international team. HOOT MAN! and John Roxton is a Rugby Fan! HOOT HOOT MAN! Yea, 'e's a li'l Irish Rugger there!" Nothing will go wrong with a book if your main characters appriciate the Manly sport of Rugby Football!) Bottom line, or a synopsis of my "brief" review-- (how brief can it be if the brief review needs a briefer synopsis?) This is a fun read. Even if you don't buy into all my high-fa-lutin talk in this review, you will still enjoy a wonderously fun adventure with breath taking discriptions of amazing places. You'll laugh at the silliness of Challenger and Summerlee, oh and ah at the dinosaurs, sit on the edge of your seat during the battles, rescues and other acts of daring due. It's a great story for all ages. Warning (sigh) always a warning isn't there? There is violence in this book. It is written tastefully, even by todays standards, and involves more man-like creatures than humans. Any young adult or even younger at the descression of those with discression, can manage the violence here, but it is violence. There are some subtle racial issues. Doyle, like other's of his time isn't exactly a champion of other cultures, particulalry Indians and African Americans. It is presented with honesty, not trickery, and is more a product of the times where white european and american men saw themselves as conqurers of the universe. The way it is written this is not difficult to overcome though if you carry a chip on your shoulder, there is enough here to put a foul taste in your mouth. This is pulp fiction turned classic literature... leave chips at the door not on your shoulder if you want to enjoy it. This book may not be right for pregnant or nursing gila-monsters, some people devout in their religoius faith, or devout in the lack of faith, people who abhor violence to animals, and people who can't "just get along."

  18. 4 out of 5

    Mike (the Paladin)

    I preferred Challenger to Holmes and dug up all the Challenger stories when I was younger. I agree with the "blurb" forget the newer story by this name and read this one. Great "high adventure" you don't seem to see anymore. Be aware that this is an older book and like others of its era it is NOT PC. There are words used in the text that were acceptable then and are not acceptable now. If you are aware of this and can read the book without it bothering you then you'll find that the book is well w I preferred Challenger to Holmes and dug up all the Challenger stories when I was younger. I agree with the "blurb" forget the newer story by this name and read this one. Great "high adventure" you don't seem to see anymore. Be aware that this is an older book and like others of its era it is NOT PC. There are words used in the text that were acceptable then and are not acceptable now. If you are aware of this and can read the book without it bothering you then you'll find that the book is well written (if you like Conan Doyle that is...it's still him after all). English gentlemen exploring a plateau where time has "stalled" (yah, I could have said "time stood still" but you know...its been done). Of course they end stranded on said plateau, have many adventures (not listed here lest I spoil the book for you). Professor Challenger has been laughed at, ridiculed, and insulted for years over his original report that he'd discovered dinosaurs in South America...he's also assaulted several reporters over it. So, he ends up leading this expedition. Will they survive? Will they find great scientific truths? Will they discover great riches? Will they get home alive? Their English, what do you think? :)

  19. 5 out of 5

    Councillor

    Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Lost World" focuses on a story about an expedition in the South American Rainforest, leading its four protagonists on a plateau which seems to surround a world believed to be long-gone. Confronted with dinosaurs like pterodactyls, iguanodons or stegosaurus, our main characters have to solve many difficult or even dramatic situations, and it's one enjoyable thing to read it. "The Lost World" is written from the perspective of Edward Malone - at first as part of a recollec Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Lost World" focuses on a story about an expedition in the South American Rainforest, leading its four protagonists on a plateau which seems to surround a world believed to be long-gone. Confronted with dinosaurs like pterodactyls, iguanodons or stegosaurus, our main characters have to solve many difficult or even dramatic situations, and it's one enjoyable thing to read it. "The Lost World" is written from the perspective of Edward Malone - at first as part of a recollection of the events leading up to the expedition, and later in the form of a notebook Malone wrote in order to portray the events during their expedition. Doyle's characters are one-dimensional and not very interesting. Edward Malone is something like a doppelganger to John Watson from his Sherlock Holmes novels, while Professor Challenger himself, as entertaining as his arrogance and strenuous attitudes were, felt like a second Sherlock, only beamed into a new profession. The two other main characters, John Roxton (an adventurer who might have been an ancestor to Indiana Jones) and Dr. Summerlee (who was just present to contradict Professor Challenger's opinions) weren't too interesting at all, but it wasn't those characters which made the story so enjoyable. It was its insight into prehistoric life and the depiction of dangerous expeditions which kept me reading. Doyle didn't give too much of an explanation about why dinosaurs were still living in this forgotten part of the world, but it wasn't what I expected to read, since the story centered around discoverers who were meant to investigate this part of the world, not to question its background. The story probably includes a lot of contradictions to what is known about dinosaurs and their lives today, but it depicts what people knew at the beginning of the twentieth century, and it is framed by an enthralling story which reminds readers of how expeditions in those days have really been: dangerous and unforeseeable. Minor elements in this story include an unexpected betrayal, the protagonist's own romantic desires as well as an important conflict between two human races, but in the centre of it all, the prehistorical aspects are what brings this story to life. In general, it was a very interesting read, and while it will not be reminded for its characters, the story which includes one of the first views on prehistoric life in literature makes it a true classic.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Joseph

    Heavy on the planning and preparation and a bit light on the action for the modern crowd. Excellent for the period it was written and for those with a sense of literary history. Quite amazing how John Rhys- Davies fit the role of Doctor Challenger to a T in the 1992 movie of the book.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Dfordoom

    The Lost World, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle As much as I adore the Sherlock Holmes stories it always saddens me that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s other fiction often gets overlooked. He wrote superb historical novels, some great horror short stories (including the one the movie The Mummy was based on, tales of adventure on the high seas and just about every other genre you can think of. And he wrote science fiction. Like The Lost World. This short novel is not quite my favourite Conan Doyle science fict The Lost World, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle As much as I adore the Sherlock Holmes stories it always saddens me that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s other fiction often gets overlooked. He wrote superb historical novels, some great horror short stories (including the one the movie The Mummy was based on, tales of adventure on the high seas and just about every other genre you can think of. And he wrote science fiction. Like The Lost World. This short novel is not quite my favourite Conan Doyle science fiction tale. The Maracot Deep is for my money stranger and more original. But The Lost World, published in 1912, remains the classic story of its type. A young newspaperman named Malone sets out to impress his girlfriend Gladys by doing something brave and daring. And attempting to interview Professor Challenger certainly requites both courage and daring. The eccentric scientist has a famously violent temper and has put a number of journalists in hospital. And he’s in an even worse mood since he returned from his recent expedition to South America. Challenger had came back with an extraordinary tale to tell but unfortunately his supporting evidence had been lost on the return journey and his account was met with ridicule and venomous hostility by his many scientific enemies. Surprisingly he takes a liking to young Malone and invites him to a lecture he is giving. When the Professor tells the audience that he had discovered a lost world filled with prehistoric creatures he is greeted with laughter and catcalls. He throws out a challenge to anyone prepared to set out for South America to establish the truth of his story. There are three volunteers - Professor Summerlee (his most bitter scientific adversary), famous big-game hunter and adventurer Lord John Roxton and Malone whose enthusiasm and determination to impress Gladys got the better of him. And there is indeed a lost world. An immense plateau which seems to have no means of access, but eventually our intrepid explorers find an ingenious way to enter this forgotten land. They find dinosaurs, isolated for millions of years, but other more advanced forms of life has at various later times managed to reach this plateau. There is a primitive human civilisation, and there are apemen. Other lost world tales have more ingenious and more inventive plots but there are two areas in which Conan Doyle’s story stands supreme. The first is simply Conan Doyle’s skill as a story-teller. The second is characterisation, most importantly in the creation of the extraordinary personage of Professor Challenger. Challenger is not merely eccentric and irascible, he’s violently insane and frighteningly unstable. But he is a genius, and he is immensely entertaining. The Lost World is a ripping adventure yarn. Recommended.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Eliza Rapsodia

    ¡Primer libro leído del año 2016! Muchos conocen a este autor por Sherlock Homes. En mi caso este libro llevaba más de dos años esperando ser leído y ya era hora. Divertido es leer una novelita corta de un autor tan conocido como (no olvidemos el reconocimiento) Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, tan alejada de lo que yo creía que escribía en general. Y ha sido muy interesante. Un excéntrico profesor de zoología llamado George Challenger ha regresado recientemente de su viaje al Amazonas y está provocando r ¡Primer libro leído del año 2016! Muchos conocen a este autor por Sherlock Homes. En mi caso este libro llevaba más de dos años esperando ser leído y ya era hora. Divertido es leer una novelita corta de un autor tan conocido como (no olvidemos el reconocimiento) Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, tan alejada de lo que yo creía que escribía en general. Y ha sido muy interesante. Un excéntrico profesor de zoología llamado George Challenger ha regresado recientemente de su viaje al Amazonas y está provocando reacciones en la sociedad científica de Londres. Nadie cree lo que dice ni las fotos que enseña sobre sus "descubrimientos". Un periodista llamado Edward Malone ha decidido aceptar un encargo de su editor para escribir todo lo que ha descubierto el profesor y publicarlo. Pero cuando se presenta en su casa terminan a los golpes. Impulsado por el deseo de impresionar a la chica que le gusta, Malone se embarca en un viaje hacia el corazón del Amazonas para comprobar los descubrimientos del profesor Challenger junto al profesor Summerlee y el cazador John Roxton. Lo que se cree haber encontrado: No hay Juliannes Moores en este libro Reseña completa: http://rapsodia-literaria.blogspot.co...

  23. 5 out of 5

    Oscar

    En ‘El Mundo Perdido’, Arthur Conan Doyle se aleja del género detectivesco para ofrecernos todo un clásico de la literatura de aventuras, en un viaje fantástico a la Tierra de Maple White, en el misterioso Amazonas. El narrador es el periodista Edward Malone, que para demostrar su amor a una joven dama, decide emprender una gran aventura a la menor oportunidad. Será entonces cuando su periódico le encomiende la tarea de entrevistarse con cierto profesor Challenger para saber si lo que aduce sobr En ‘El Mundo Perdido’, Arthur Conan Doyle se aleja del género detectivesco para ofrecernos todo un clásico de la literatura de aventuras, en un viaje fantástico a la Tierra de Maple White, en el misterioso Amazonas. El narrador es el periodista Edward Malone, que para demostrar su amor a una joven dama, decide emprender una gran aventura a la menor oportunidad. Será entonces cuando su periódico le encomiende la tarea de entrevistarse con cierto profesor Challenger para saber si lo que aduce sobre una tierra perdida en la que todavía viven animales prehistóricos tiene trazas de credibilidad. Tras una presentación no demasiado tranquila, ya que Challenger odia a muerte a los periodistas, Malone conseguirá la confianza de este. Pero las teorías de Challenger se están convirtiendo en el hazmerreír de la Zoología, así que no tendrá más remedio que embarcarse en una nueva aventura, esta vez con testigos que verifiquen su descubrimiento. La aventura y el viaje están servidos: lugares increíbles, seres que se creían extintos, pueblos perdidos, la lucha por la propia subsistencia. Una historia imperecedera.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Holly

    What a wonderful novel! This was part of a children's classics set that I've had for years, and I felt something adventure-like, especially after The Thirty-Nine Steps. And it definitely fulfilled my adventure urge! Very much like Jules Vernes' novels, The Lost World details the exploration of a hidden area in the South American jungle, where somehow the prehistoric dinosaurs and reptiles have survived. Narrated by the journalist Ed Malone, it is honestly a wonderful read I was sitting at the edge What a wonderful novel! This was part of a children's classics set that I've had for years, and I felt something adventure-like, especially after The Thirty-Nine Steps. And it definitely fulfilled my adventure urge! Very much like Jules Vernes' novels, The Lost World details the exploration of a hidden area in the South American jungle, where somehow the prehistoric dinosaurs and reptiles have survived. Narrated by the journalist Ed Malone, it is honestly a wonderful read I was sitting at the edge of my seat reading, and I hardly put it down all day. Even though Conan Doyle is best known for his Sherlock Holmes writing, this is as intriguing as any of his detective stories!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Carmine

    Lorsignori, volete vedere un vero dinosauro? Conosciuto più per il personaggio - giustamente famoso - di Sherlock Holmes, Doyle si è comunque distinto nel genere avventura grazie alla felice intuizione di riportare in auge i dinosauri. "Il mondo perduto", forte di questa trovata, intrattiene e affascina sfruttando la componente misteriosa che si svela progressivamente; inoltre beneficia di quella verve avventurosa intrinseca alla penna di Doyle. L'apprezzabile humour inglese è la classica ciliegi Lorsignori, volete vedere un vero dinosauro? Conosciuto più per il personaggio - giustamente famoso - di Sherlock Holmes, Doyle si è comunque distinto nel genere avventura grazie alla felice intuizione di riportare in auge i dinosauri. "Il mondo perduto", forte di questa trovata, intrattiene e affascina sfruttando la componente misteriosa che si svela progressivamente; inoltre beneficia di quella verve avventurosa intrinseca alla penna di Doyle. L'apprezzabile humour inglese è la classica ciliegina sulla torta.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Marko Radosavljevic

    3,5

  27. 5 out of 5

    J.G. Keely

    One of the most pleasant aspects about reading adventures like those of Doyle, Wells, Kipling, and Haggard is the particular presence of the characters, their little joys and quarrels and concerns. There's this humorous self-awareness throughout the story that makes the whole thing read as if its being told, given over to the reader in a particular voice. Certainly, this can be carried too far and made condescending, as with C.S. Lewis, but it goes to show what a winking authorial presence can l One of the most pleasant aspects about reading adventures like those of Doyle, Wells, Kipling, and Haggard is the particular presence of the characters, their little joys and quarrels and concerns. There's this humorous self-awareness throughout the story that makes the whole thing read as if its being told, given over to the reader in a particular voice. Certainly, this can be carried too far and made condescending, as with C.S. Lewis, but it goes to show what a winking authorial presence can lend to a work, especially to a melodrama adventure. Too often among the lesser class of 'thrilling' books, we get flat characters who are so profoundly competent and neutral that they lose any chance of possessing a personality. It just goes to show that a good story, be it action or horror or what have you, still requires some humor, some wryness to inject suitable depth and humanity, just as a good comedy can profit from a bit of pathos and tension. Of course there are some rather insensitive colonial notions woven into it, which some readers are quick to forgive as being a 'symptom of the time', but a perusal of Wells shows that it was not an inextricable part of the Victorian man's mind. The story's notions are delightful, made up of the sort of thing that can still fire up a young man's imagination today, and it's hardly surprising to see that they were picked up and elaborated upon by numerous later authors, most prominently in Burroughs' 'Tarzan' and 'The Land That Time Forgot'. The latter book I actually read as a child and mistook for Doyle's work, and it was only recently that I realized and rectified my error, and I'm glad I did.

  28. 4 out of 5

    F.R.

    It’s hard to think of another long departed author, whose name is so well known to the general public, who would be so disappointed by his reputation. Conan Doyle of course saw himself as a great historical novelist, in his dreams that’s how he would have liked to have been remembered (probably he’d also have liked to be known for his spiritual writings). Instead he has an albatross smoking a pipe hung around his neck, in the form of Sherlock Holmes. Of course after Holmes (as Mike states so corr It’s hard to think of another long departed author, whose name is so well known to the general public, who would be so disappointed by his reputation. Conan Doyle of course saw himself as a great historical novelist, in his dreams that’s how he would have liked to have been remembered (probably he’d also have liked to be known for his spiritual writings). Instead he has an albatross smoking a pipe hung around his neck, in the form of Sherlock Holmes. Of course after Holmes (as Mike states so correctly below) the best known of his works would be ‘The Lost World’. Until now I’ve not read any of Conan Doyle’s non-Holmes works, but on the evidence of this (and ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’, say), he was a superb adventure writer. ‘The Lost World’ is a rollicking boy’s own yarn. Professor Challenger leads an expedition of a fellow academic, a journalist and a gentleman adventure, to an Amazonian land where dinosaur still exist. It’s a superbly plotted tale which kept me gripped to the end. From a more liberal twenty-first century perspective, there are some problems. The ever faithful black servant must surely have seemed something of an anachronism even in Conan Doyle’s own life-time. While the fact our four heroes help massacre the less advanced tribe on the plateau does – even with the author bending so that he can touch his heels to hammer home the glory of battle – echo the most troubling parts of colonialism. But perhaps, now, we can see the title in two ways. It’s not just about dinosaurs, but a window to a lost world of post-Victorian attitudes which have now – thankfully – vanished.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Christopher

    It's a classic tale of adventure and discovery that goes something like this: I'm a journalist and my girlfriend doesn't want to marry me because apparently I'm not adventurous enough. So I decided to join an expedition with the narcissistic and venomous Professor Challenger to the Amazonian rain forest so that he can prove his (universally dismissed) discovery of a lost world of dinosaurs and so that I can prove my manhood to my beloved. So we go, along with a couple other adventurers. Holy cow, It's a classic tale of adventure and discovery that goes something like this: I'm a journalist and my girlfriend doesn't want to marry me because apparently I'm not adventurous enough. So I decided to join an expedition with the narcissistic and venomous Professor Challenger to the Amazonian rain forest so that he can prove his (universally dismissed) discovery of a lost world of dinosaurs and so that I can prove my manhood to my beloved. So we go, along with a couple other adventurers. Holy cow, there really are dinosaurs! What beautiful beasts! Isn't it amazing that they are still alive! We can't wait to shoot them all and take their corpses back to England. But uh oh, there are also a bunch of savage ape men that want to kill us and probably eat us because they're probable cannibals; I know this because their skin is not white. Will we escape with our hides? What about the hides of a bunch of officially extinct dinosaurs? Will I win the heart of my astoundingly shallow girlfriend? You must read to find out!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Deborah Pickstone

    This was read to us when I was at school and, while very dated, I really loved it! I put it down at the start and forgot about it then just saw it was almost 2017 and it was for my geocaching challenge. Professor Challenger was absolutely the zaniest part of the book and I am sorry it was so short. I have to wonder about Arthur Conan Doyle - perhaps he wrote his own self into the books? Sherlock Holmes, Professor Challenger.......

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