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The Lost World (Real Reads (Library))

Press: Skyview Books (August 1, 2009)
Author Name:Brenchley, Chaz; Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir; Bennett, Felix


Originally published in 1912. 
This volume from the Cornell University Library's print collections was scanned on an APT BookScan and converted to JPG 2000 format by Kirtas Technologies.
All titles scanned cover to cover and pages may include marks notations and other marginalia present in the original volume.

From the Publisher

In this fully dramatized, live performance of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic, The Lost World, Leonard Nimoy, John de Lancie, and cast members from Star Trek® feature films and all four TV series take you on an incredible journey. 
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic adventure follows a scientific expedition deep into the Amazon jungle -- and back in time.
Cut off from the outside world on a primeval plateau, they discover a place where dinosaurs have evolved beside ape-men and the fate of the human race hangs in the balance.
Featuring virtuoso performances from the entire cast, riveting sound effects, original music, and audience participation, Alien Voices' live production of The Lost World is an adventure in sound.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

From the Inside Flap

In The Lost World, the first in a series of books to feature the bold Professor Challenger--a character many critics consider one of the most finely drawn in science fiction--Challenger and his party embark on an expedition to a remote Amazonian plateau where, as the good professor puts it, "the ordinary laws of Nature are suspended" and numerous prehistoric creatures and ape-men have survived. 
"Just as Sherlock Holmes set the standard--and in some sense established the formula--for the detective story .
., so too has The Lost World" set the standard and the formula for fantasy-adventure stories .
.," Michael Crichton writes in his Introduction.
"The tone and techniques that Conan Doyle first refined in The Lost World have become standard narrative procedures in popular entertainment of the present day." "From the Trade Paperback edition.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Arthur Conan Doyle (1859 1930) was a prolific writer born in Scotland who started out as a medical doctor. 
While at the University of Edinburgh, he augmented his income by writing stories.
His first Sherlock Holmes tale was published in 1887, introducing one of literature's best-loved detectives.
Doyle has also written many works of history and science fiction, plus plays and poetry.New Zealand native Harry Rountree (1878 1950) emigrated to England where he made his fortune as an illustrator of books and magazines such as Little Folks and Punch."

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.

Chapter 1"There Are Heroisms All Round Us"Mr. 
Hungerton, her father, really was the most tactless person upon earth-a fluffy, feathery, untidy cockatoo of a man, perfectly good-natured, but absolutely centred upon his own silly self.
If anything could have driven me from Gladys, it would have been the thought of such a father-in-law.
I am convinced that he really believed in his heart that I came round to the Chestnuts three days a week for the pleasure of his company, and very especially to hear his views upon bimetallism-a subject upon which he was by way of being an authority.For an hour or more that evening I listened to his monotonous chirrup about bad money driving out good, the token value of silver, the depreciation of the rupee, and the true standards of exchange."Suppose," he cried, with feeble violence, "that all the debts in the world were called up simultaneously and immediate payment insisted upon.
What, under our present conditions, would happen then?"I gave the self-evident answer that I should be a ruined man, upon which he jumped from his chair, reproved me for my habitual levity, which made it impossible for him to discuss any reasonable subject in my presence, and bounced off out of the room to dress for a Masonic meeting.At last I was alone with Gladys, and the moment of fate had come! All that evening I had felt like the soldier who awaits the signal which will send him on a forlorn hope, hope of victory and fear of repulse alternating in his mind.She sat with that proud, delicate profile of hers outlined against the red curtain.
How beautiful she was! And yet how aloof! We had been friends, quite good friends; but never could I get beyond the same comradeship which I might have established with one of my fellow-reporters upon the Gazette-perfectly frank, perfectly kindly, and perfectly unsexual.
My instincts are all against a woman being too frank and at her ease with me.
It is no compliment to a man.
Where the real sex feeling begins, timidity and distrust are its companions, heritage from old wicked days when love and violence went often hand in hand.
The bent head, the averted eye, the faltering voice, the wincing figure-these, and not the unshrinking gaze and frank reply, are the true signals of passion.
Even in my short life I had learned as much as that-or had inherited it in that race-memory which we call instinct.Gladys was full of every womanly quality.
Some judged her to be cold and hard, but such a thought was treason.
That delicately-bronzed skin, almost Oriental in its colouring, that raven hair, the large liquid eyes, the full but exquisite lips-all the stigmata of passion were there.
But I was sadly conscious that up to now I had never found the secret of drawing it forth.
However, come what might, I should have done with suspense and bring matters to a head to-night.
She could but refuse me, and better be a repulsed lover than an accepted brother.So far my thoughts had carried me, and I was about to break the long and uneasy silence when two critical dark eyes looked round at me, and the proud head was shaken in smiling reproof."I have a presentiment that you are going to propose, Ned.
I do wish you wouldn't, for things are so much nicer as they are."I drew my chair a little nearer."Now, how did you know that I was going to propose?" I asked, in genuine wonder."Don't women always know? Do you suppose any woman in the world was ever taken unawares? But, oh, Ned, our friendship has been so good and so pleasant! What a pity to spoil it! Don't you feel how splendid it is that a young man and a young woman should be able to talk face to face as we have talked?""I don't know, Gladys.
You see, I can talk face to face with-with the station-master." I can't imagine how that official came into the matter, but in he trotted and set us both laughing.
"That does not satisfy me in the least.
I want my arms round you and your head on my breast, and, oh, Gladys, I want--"She had sprung from her chair as she saw signs that I proposed to demonstrate some of my wants."You've spoiled everything, Ned," she said.
"It's all so beautiful and natural until this kind of thing comes in.
It is such a pity.
Why can't you control yourself?""I didn't invent it," I pleaded.
"It's nature.
It's love.""Well, perhaps if both love it may be different.
I have never felt it.""But you must-you, with your beauty, with your soul! Oh, Gladys, you were made for love! You must love!""One must wait till it comes.""But why can't you love me, Gladys? Is it my appearance, or what?"She did unbend a little.
She put forward a hand-such a gracious, stooping attitude it was-and she pressed back my head.
Then she looked into my upturned face with a very wistful smile."No, it isn't that," she said at last.
"You're not a conceited boy by nature, and so I can safely tell you that it is not that.
It's deeper.""My character?"She nodded severely."What can I do to mend it? Do sit down and talk it over.
No, really I won't, if you'll only sit down!"She looked at me with a wondering distrust which was much more to my mind than her whole-hearted confidence.
How primitive and bestial it looks when you put it down in black and white! And perhaps after all it is only a feeling peculiar to myself.
Anyhow, she sat down."Now tell me what's amiss with me.""I'm in love with somebody else," said she.It was my turn to jump out of my chair."It's nobody in particular," she explained, laughing at the expression of my face, "only an ideal.
I've never met the kind of man I mean.""Tell me about him.
What does he look like?""Oh, he might look very much like you.""How dear of you to say that! Well, what is it that he does that I don't do? Just say the word-teetotal, vegetarian, aeronaut, Theosophist, Superman-I'll have a try at it, Gladys, if you will only give me an idea what would please you."She laughed at the elasticity of my character.
"Well, in the first place, I don't think my ideal would speak like that," said she.
"He would be a harder, sterner man, not so ready to adopt himself to a silly girl's whim.
But above all he must be a man who could do, who could act, who would 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! When I read his wife's life of him I could so understand her love.
And Lady Stanley! Did you ever read the wonderful last chapter of that book about her husband? 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, honoured by all the world as the inspirer of noble deeds."She looked so beautiful in her enthusiasm that I nearly brought down the whole level of the interview.
I gripped myself hard, and went on with the argument."We can't all be Stanleys and Burtons," said I.
"Besides, we don't get the chance-at least, I never had the chance.
If I did I should try to take it.""But chances are all around you.
It is the mark of the kind of man I mean that he makes his own chances.
You can't hold him back.
I've never met him, and yet I seem to know him so well.
There are heroisms all round 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.
Look at that young Frenchman who went up last week in a balloon.
It was blowing a gale of wind, but because he was announced to go he insisted on starting.
The wind blew him one thousand five hundred miles in twenty-four hours, and he fell in the middle of Russia.
That was the kind of man I mean.
Think of the woman he loved, and how other women must have envied her! That's what I should like-to be envied for my man.""I'd have done it to please you.""But you shouldn't do it merely to please me.
You should do it because you can't help it, because it's natural to you-because the man in you is crying out for heroic expression.
Now, when you described the Wigan coal explosion last month, could you not have gone down and helped those people, in spite of the choke-damp.""I did.""You never said so.""There was nothing worth bucking about.""I didn't know." She looked at me with rather more interest.
"That was brave of you.""I had to.
If you want to write good copy you must be where the things are.""What a prosaic motive! It seems to take all the romance out of it.
But still, whatever your motive, I am glad that you went down that mine." She gave me her hand, but with such sweetness and dignity that I could only stoop and kiss it.
"I dare say I am merely a foolish woman with a young girl's fancies.
And yet it is so real with me, so entirely part of my very self, that I cannot help acting upon it.
If I marry, I do want to marry a famous man.""Why should you not?" I cried.
"It is women like you who brace men up.
Give me a chance and see if I will take it! Besides, as you say, men ought to make their own chances, and not wait until they are given.
Look at Clive-just a clerk, and he conquered India.
By George! I'll do something in the world yet!"She laughed at my sudden Irish effervescence."Why not?" she said.
"You have everything a man could have-youth, health, strength, education, energy.
I was sorry you spoke.
And now I am glad-so glad-if it wakens these thoughts in you.""And if I do--...

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

From AudioFile

THE LOST WORLD (1912) marked the first Professor Challenger novel and a new series for Arthur Conan Doyle. 
The narrator is newspaperman Edward Malone, who chronicles an expedition up the Amazon to verify the existence of a prehistoric world populated by dinosaurs.
Michael Prichard handles the dialogue with a good bit of bluster, which to be sure, forms a big part of Doyle's larger-than-life characters.
Looking for ways to downplay some of this stridency, as Prichard admirably does with the narration, brings some necessary subtlety to a melodrama that itself can seem like something of a fossil.
© AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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  •     A beautiful, beautiful book. Magical, and worth every penny.

  •     Recently read this one for the first time, and it was a good read. Archaicin language as all books seem to us from this time, it is still imaginativeand must have...

  •     I'm a huge fan of the late Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. His complete Sherlock Holmes collection was 5 stars ... see my review. His Supernatural Tales collection was 5 stars.The Lost World And Other Stories had some great 5 star stories, some 4 stars and one 3 1/4 stars.The Lost World was about a prehistoric/dinosaur infested plateau with vicious ape men and a prehistoric Indian tribe deep in the Amazon. A prehistoric world rediscovered by Professor Challenger. Lots of great action and character development. You really gain empathy with newspaper reporter Malone, world traveler/hunter/explorer Lord Roxton, great scientist...egotist Professor Challenger and his nemesis Professor Summerlee. Great character development, plot and dinosaur/scenery description. Great ending. 5 stars. I also bought a DVD collection that had The Lost World... 4 stars... see my review. Not as good as the story by SACD. Read the book first.The Poison Belt is about the Earth going through a poison area ( "ether"/ space) and Professor Challenger and the group thinking everyone will die and later are dead. We see how they use oxygen to try to extend their lives a few more hours. Is this an end of the world story? NOT! I won't ruin the great ending for you. 5 stars.The Land Of Mist is about contacting the dead through mediums, seances and what the spirit world does. Professor Challenger is dead set against supernatural spiritualism but later relents and mellows out to an extent to people that are not as smart as him when his own daughter goes into a trance and two spirits from the other side tell Challenger he did not kill them from a drug he administered to them but they died naturally of pneumonia. I good story but I really could not get deeply into it. Later Doyle has an appendices to explain parts of the story and added what he believes are true life supernatural/ medium/ spirits experiences. SACD in his later life became very interested in Spiritualism and championed it through his later writings. I took the story and appendices with a grain of salt. 3 1/3 starsThe Disintegration Machine is a very short story of an inventor of a machine that can make matter disintegrate and reassemble. He sells the machine to a foreign government and will give that government the knowledge to operate it and make a bigger machine that can disintegrate battleships or regiments of soldiers. Professor Challenger saves the day. I won't ruin the ending. 4 stars for this very short but interesting story.When The World Screams is about Professor Challenger and his group of exploratory miners breaking through the Earth's crust and discovering the Earth is actually a living organism. The Earth gives a violent scream around the world as the beginning of its pulsating, horrible smelling living layer beneath the crust is punctured. Interesting story... 4 stars.Total rating 4 1/4 stars and proudly added to our Sir Arthur Conan Doyle shelf in our family library.

  •     The Lost World is one of my favorite Doyle stories and I was greatly interested in reading more stories featuring G.E.Challenger. All in all an excellent buy.

  •     Edward Malone, reporter for the Daily Gazette, finds himself caught up in the claims of the eccentric Professor G. E.

  •     This is a fascinating novel, almost more from an anthropological point of view than a literary one. The novel follows in the footsteps of H. Rider Haggard and Jules Verne and H.

  •     The Lost World is a classic in it's own right. Many shows, series, and movies have copied from this book.

  •     The story, of course, is excellent. However the "illustrations" (reason i paid money for this) were completely useless and unrelated to the story. It's as if the "publisher" grabbed some random images from the web and dropped them in haphazardly. Since the Lost World is available freely all over the web, don't bother giving this guy the $0.99 for his "work". Actually I wish I could get the money back.

  •     a little old fashioned but exciting. i felt sorry for the young man who did all he could to impress his ladylove only to find a new life.

  •     Overlooked by many because of the popularity of Sherlock Holmes, The Lost World is the original dinosaur story and my personal favorite of Conan Doyle's writings. This edition is nice because it limits the amount of "fluff" (introductions, prefaces, appendices, &c.) that most reprints of classic works come with nowadays.

  •     For no apparent reason I had overlooked reading this book, written by one of my favorite authors. I have only read his Sherlock Holmes series (over and over, I might add) and was pleasantly surprised by The Lost World.Professor Challenger is a ridiculed scientist with a tenacious narcissistic streak a mile wide. A young newsman trying to make a mark for himself by casting in his lot with the professor. Together with a big game hunter and a skeptical scientist (a foil to Challenger) they travel to South America to find a Jurassic plateu hidden in the Amazon. Adventure, dinosaurs, ape men, and a petulant girlfriend all appear in due order. Well worth the read, and holds up well despite the various movie treatments.Now to the illustrations. These are not worth the additional cost. I'm not even sure what they are supposed to be, as most of them seem to have zero relevance to the text and are NOT Doyle's original drawings. They appear to be stylized (read: software manipulated) stock photos as far as I can tell, but the quality is so poor that it is impossible to be certain. On the other hand, the text formatting of this illustrated version is quite good.Very enjoyable read, from a fascinating period of history when adventure could still be found in far away places.

  •     Well what more could be said of a book written by such a famous writer. It must be considered by now as one of the classic in the genre that would gave similar offspring books related to Jurassic periods or the likes. I enjoy reading it tremendously even if I had one way or another heard or seen the story in film. Nothing really could replace the evocative descriptions of exotic landscapes, mysterious sounds and an unpredictable plot all in words that stimulate the imagination and the need to read further until the middle of the night. A must have in any decent library or in our Digital age in a eLibrary of a Kindle or tablet like devices...

  •     I highly recommend Alien Voices "The Lost World"! I already have several Alien Voices recordings and I've enjoyed listening to every one of them. I am a big Star Trek fan and it's fun to listen to Trek actors doing something completely different from what they did on their respective shows. Also, the sound effects are highly believable and the actors bring Challenger and the other characters to life as the story unfolds. If you like Sci-Fi, but don't have time to read, I would recommend any of the Alien Voices stories on CD audio or cassette, because they make for great listening anytime!

  •     Lost World proves that Conon Doyle was way more than a one-trick author. The characters, the action, and the contemporary science of this book make a very worthwhile read.

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