Tuesday, April 29, 2008

The Lost World

There is more than one book with this title. In this case I read the original by Arthur Conan Doyle, the same author of the Sherlock Holmes mysteries. The story follows four adventurers who travel to a hidden and protected world. This world is populated by dinosaurs, pterodactyls, ape men, Indians, and other strange plant life. The leader of the expedition is Professor Challenger, a man of stature in the academic world out to prove that this world really does exist. The story is told from the point of view of a young reporter out to seek adventure to win the heart of his girl.

The story is a fun and fast read. Even though it was published in 1916, it still has relevance today. It is unlikely that such a world truly exists, but there is much about the earth left to discover. There is a lot of life-threatening encounters, amazing descriptions, and high adventure. In some ways this is a modern novel because of the pace and adventure - something truly unique for the time.

This book would be a great read for teenagers - especially ones with an interest in dinosaurs and adventure.

Book Rating: 5 stars

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