Book review: The Lost World

The Lost World: Being an Account of the Recent Amazing Adventures of Professor E. Challenger (Puffin Classics) The Lost World: Being an Account of the Recent Amazing Adventures of Professor E. Challenger by Arthur Conan Doyle

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I have said in the past that I don’t like classics but this one was written in 1912 and wasn’t all flowery language, it just got on with the adventure story. It was hard to read knowing of the modern technology we have these days though. Proving that there was an undiscovered plateau in the middle of South America somewhere, inhabited by prehistoric creatures would be so easy to do these days, with helicopters, mobile phones, digital cameras, GPS, etc. I don’t think there is anywhere on the Earth these days that it could possibly take 6 weeks to get to!

The characters were fun: two blustering professors, at odds with each other’s views and almost coming to blows; a young reporter along for the adventure to impress his possible future wife; and a previous explorer who can help anyone out of a scrape. They get themselves into some situations and somehow get themselves out of them too!

I much preferred this version than the Hollywood film version by Michael Crichton. In fact apart from the idea, there isn’t really much resemblance between the two.

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3 thoughts on “Book review: The Lost World

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