Before Jurassic Park, there was The Lost World.
This classic terror/adventure novel has set the standard for today’s popular entertainment as followed by Michael Crichton and Steven Spielberg. Featuring the bold Professor Challenger, a character many critics consider one of the most finely drawn in science fiction, The Lost World is the account of a scientific expedition by four highspirited Englishmen - two scientists, a biggame hunter, and a journalist - deep into the Amazon jungle. In this region, cut off from the outside world by unscalable vertical cliffs and fetid swamps, they encounter a world where dinosaurs roam free and natives fight a murderous war with their fierce neighbors, the apemen. Trapped on the isolated plateau with only hunting rifles as protection the four must use savvy and intellect to escape from this primeval terror.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859–1930) was born of Irish parentage in Scotland. He studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh, but he also had a passion for storytelling. His first book introduced that prototype of the modern detective in fiction, Sherlock Holmes. Despite the immense popularity Holmes gained throughout the world, Doyle was not overly fond of the character and preferred to write other stories. Eventually popular demand won out and he continued to satisfy readers with the adventures of the legendary sleuth. He also wrote historical romances and made two essays into pseudoscientific fantasy: The Lost World and The Poison Belt.
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“Conan Doyle’s novel introduced his other great character, Professor Challenger…This timeless adventure has inspired everything from King Kong to Jurassic Park and is still the best of the lot. Great fun.” (Library Journal)
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The Lost World is quite a departure from the ordered world of Sherlock Holmes. When you think of every dinosaur movie you have ever seen - you can see its origins in this tale of adventure. The language is not overly dated and is easy to understand but anyone not white and male is described as being more or less sub-human - so you will need to be able to get past that. The story was originally serialised and it certainly feels like it - with the story twisting and turning and cliff hangers abounding. This gives the story real pace and excitement. Worth a listen.
"Get Lost In This Adventure!"
It's a good old fashioned adventure, definitely one of my all time favourite books!
I love it when the group first make their way onto the plateau and what they discover there.
The narrator is well suited and is able to project the drama to make you not want to turn it off.
I normally listen on the journey to and from work. I found I was really excited when it came to home time so I could catch up with the next installment.
Everybody knows Arthur Conan Doyle for Sherlock Holmes, but to me this is one of his greatest achievements!
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