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The Lost World (Professor Challenger #1)

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  30,529 ratings  ·  922 reviews
Irish athletic reporter Malone narrates tale of bold squat quarrelsome Professor Challenger seeking remote Amazonian plateau where “the ordinary laws of Nature are suspended” with prehistoric creatures and ape-men. Other armed British whites are spare skeptic Professor Summerlee, and ginger dead-shot Lord John, supported by colored bearers.
Paperback, 214 pages
Published January 1985 by Berkley Publishing Group (first published 1912)
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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
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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
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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
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Shovelmonkey1
Jul 02, 2012 Shovelmonkey1 rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: plesiosaurs and pterodactyls
Recommended to Shovelmonkey1 by: by an esteemed historic pedigree
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
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
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 ...more
Werner
Mar 16, 2012 Werner rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of adventure-oriented science fiction
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 wr ...more
Whispers from the Pirate's Ghost Whisper
"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
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Jim Peterson
I had never read anything by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and I didn’t want to start with his most popular work (Sherlock Holmes). The concept of a lost world discovered at a point in history when the world was not yet completely mapped out and labeled appealed to me. The Lost World was strangely appealing so I downloaded it from Project Gutenberg.

This book had so many things going against it. One of the main characters was a real bastard. Professor Challenger is a big, conceited ape of man that will
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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
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Sesana
This was a no-brainer for me. Dinosaurs! In the Amazon! I was completely on board for a classic adventure, and that's exactly what I got. The standout feature here, dinosaurs aside, are the adventurers themselves. There's the standard "great white hunter" character, the most likeable of the bunch, and the journalist Malone, who narrates. Malone is, in some respects, the typical plucky hero in over his head, but he's rather less dim than some I've encountered. The real stars are the two scientist ...more
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,
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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 ...more
Linda
When professor Challenger claims he has discovered a plateau in the Amazon, upon which there are extinct animals from the jurassic era, he is met with critique and ridicule. So he decides to prove his point and explore the area again, this time with another scientist, Professor Summerlee, an adventurer, Lord John Roxton, and a reporter with an urge to do something heroic to win his beloved Gladys, Edward Malone, the narrator of the story. When finally managing to find a way to get onto the plate ...more
Dave
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Lost World" is a classic adventure story first published in 1912. It is the story of a scientific expedition that is sent to determine if the reported findings of prehistoric life still existing in a remote area of South America are true. Professor Challenger is the one defending his findings, Professor Summerlee is the skeptic, and there are two unbiased observers: the guide, Lord John Roxton, and a reporter Ned Malone, who also servers as the Narrator of the story ...more
حسام عادل
رواية شيقة وممتعة جداً,كتبها الرائع سير (آرثر كونان دويل) – بجانب روايات أخرى كثيرة - محاولاً التحرر من عباءة (شيرلوك هولمز) التي التصقت به لفترة,ورغم نجاحها الساحق - عقب نشرها فى الجرائد مسلسلة - إلا أنه لم يلبث أن اضطر للعودة ثانيةً ليسرد مجموعة جديدة من قضايا المحقق العظيم نزولاً على رغبة قرائه ومحبيه.

تحكي الرواية عن أربعة من الشخصيات المتباينة تماماً,والتى تجتمع معاً فى رحلة محفوفة بالمخاطر لإكتشاف أرض جديدة مجهولة تغص بالأهوال والكائنات المخيفة.
إدوارد مالون:الصحفى الشاب المتحمس دوماً والأحم
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Jonathan

As a classic of action/adventure I really enjoyed this novel. However the accompanying short stories were less to my appreciation as they were in no means memorable.

The prose of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is magnificent although I must admit I prefer the style he adopts for his Sherlock Holmes stories. Here again he introduces another character who, like Holmes, is a kind of sociopath in many regards. Which makes me question what that says about the author when he creates memorable and anti-social
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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
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An Odd1
"The Lost World" 1912 by Arthur Conan Doyle is a plateau deep in the Amazon jungle, where four brave British gentlemen seek the truth of a dinosaur sketched by a dead American, Maple White.

The woman is a faithless flibberdygibbet who rejects our young narrator's proposal, demanding heroism. The Negro is like a faithful dog who waits with a rescue party, yet participates in no rewards. Despite dated inequities wherein appearance of ape-man versus red Indian dictates intelligence quality, the rip
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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
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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
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Marvin
Professor Challenger is Arthur Conan Doyle's other eccentric hero. While I loved the Sherlock Holmes stories, I never got around to reading this well-known adventure novel until now. Challenger, along with a rival professor, a big game hunter and the narrator, a young reporter, go to Venezuela to find a plateau where dinosaurs still survive. It is a very enjoyable tale but certainly not up to the best of the Holmes stories. Those into action and those interested in the early origins of science f ...more
Travis
I had no clue that Conan- Doyle had written anything besides Sherlock Holmes, when I found this book and was blown away.

Professor Challenger is not quite the anti-Holmes, as he's a genius himself, but unlike Holmes, Challenger is an arrogant, short tempered, loud genius.

When he and the young reporter that becomes his 'Watson' discover hints of a secret land in South America, they assemble an expedition and end up trapped in a world of dinosaurs.

While dealing with this turn of the century Jurassi
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Arun Divakar
This could probably be the start point for the dino craze in literature, of course am venturing a guess by suggesting this too. But still this work shines as one of the best to be written on the adventures of man on the threshold of a primitive world.

Prof. Edward Challenger and his rag tag bunch of adventurers do hold some charm as the book proceeds in twists and turns. Some exciting adventures might feel cliche in the days now, but thinking of the time this book was written they still hold the
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Andy
I'm a bit torn on this one.

The quality of the Sir's wrting is outstanding. I found that the dialogue added a snappy wit to the otherwise predictable storyline. The use of multiple styles of first person narration, beginning with direct narration, followed by letters from the field, and ending with the reading of a newspaper article by another individual was quite brilliant. The reading of the audiobook was also outstanding, with the cantankerous Professor Challenger as a particular highlight.

On
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Jake
As part of my continuing quest to get myself up-to-date on the classics of pulp fiction, I picked up Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s (the author of the Sherlock Holmes mysteries) classic foray into adventure/science fiction, Lost World. It was also the last of the books finished on the great Hawaiian adventure (2006 edition). I’m just behind, again.

The Basics:

Professor Challenger returns to England, claiming to have discovered a lost world in the Amazon rainforest, where dinosaurs and other, stranger c
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Chris The Story Reading Ape
In this tale, I suspect Arthur Conan Doyle was having a go at the the Honourable Learned Gentlemen of the the Victorian Era Royal Society, who were famed for their pompousness and regarded themselves as the last word in all matters scientific, prehistoric and everything else come to that ...

The characters of Challenger and Summerlee were typical representatives of the RS I suspect...

The Story is rich with descriptions of characters, appearances, attitudes and the ideas of prehistoric creatures k
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Amy Sturgis
There's dinosaurs in them hills - er, that plateau!

This is the first of Arthur Conan Doyle's Professor Challenger works (first published in 1912). Challenger is quite a personality, as are the three companions who join him on an expedition to verify his previous discovery of a "lost world" inhabited by prehistoric dinosaurs (and, as they learn, ape-men and natives) hidden in the South American jungle. Doyle's full enthusiasm and wit are brought to bear on both the science fiction and adventure i
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Amna Gillani
Oh how i loathed this book...every second of reading it was an indescribable agony
Why then the generous 3 stars?
i have to admit it had awesome vocabulary..every chapter had words which were completely new to me...also i guess it was pretty fast paced..stuff kept happening at break neck speed throughout most of the book...not that i wish it was longer
But then dinosaurs..blurgh...apemen...blurgh....the list goes on
i guess if it wasnt part of this years english syllabus i would never have made the
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bookczuk
Read this as part of The Lost World Read 2009. After reading many of today's thriller adventure stories, this was a really refreshing change. An exciting tale, told in a completely different fashion from the writers of today. One could view it as "dated" but I preferred to view it as a trip back in time, and found it delightful in many ways. Imagine how exciting it would have been in a world without television, telephone, internet and digital cameras. If this happened now, one would accuse the o ...more
Adriane
This is a wonderful adventure book, Sir Aruthur Conan Doyle really knows how to weave a story of suspense and adventure. You really feel pulled into a different world, a world of a primitive past, as well at the "new modern world" of the late 1800's early 1900's which was the modern world at the time of writing. Anyone who is a fan of the modern sci-fi of the ilk of Michael Crichton or Stephen King need to take the time to read this as he is the father of this "future now" type of sci-fi as well ...more
Emanuel
Bem este livro foi como uma infecção aguda para mim. Contudo, apesar do alucinante ritmo da narrativa e de ser bem escrito, pouco mais tem para dar. Publicado em 1912, está claramente datado e ao contrário de Júlio Verne, Arthur Conan Doyle podia ser muita coisa, visionário não.
Bastantes detalhes da história deixaram a desejar, a assunção da superioridade da espécie humana face às de mais e até mesmo as inúmeras imprecisões científicas condicionadas pela época (e dentro destas, apenas algumas).
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Arthur Conan Doyle was born the third of ten siblings on 22 May 1859 in Edinburgh, Scotland. His father, Charles Altamont Doyle, was born in England of Irish descent, and his mother, born Mary Foley, was Irish. They were married in 1855.

Although he is now referred to as "Conan Doyle", the origin of this compound surname (if that is how he meant it to be understood) is uncertain. His baptism record
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