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In 1903 Lieutenant Olivier Ferrières of the French army welcomes Captain de Saint-Avit as the new commandant of his post in Algeria. Shunned by his fellow officers, the captain has been accused of the brutal murder of his friend Lieutenant Morhange, when the two were lost alone in the desert. To Ferrières’s horror, Saint-Avit soon confesses to the crime, unveiling a shocki ...more
Paperback, 310 pages
Published May 1st 2005 by Bison Books (first published 1919)
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Owlseyes
Oct 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure

Somewhere, in a remote region of the Sahara desert, there, still hides a Queen and her servants, taking refuge inside caves. She’s a well-educated beautiful woman, a polyglot …yet, for men seeking after her charms, she’s fatal. She is queen Antinea, the sovereign of the “Hoggar”. You’re in the Blad-el-Khouf: the country of the fear.
She is the last descendant of Atlantis kings lineage; the offspring of Neptune and Clito. It’s written in the book of Benoit that, though sinking, Atlantis center i
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Dfordoom
Oct 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Pierre Benoit (1886-1962) enjoyed enormous popularity during his lifetime and a considerable degree of literary acclaim as well. He was elected to the Académie française in 1931. Queen of Atlantis (L’Atlantide) was the second and probably the most famous of his forty-two novels.

He is out of favour these days, his conservative political views being sufficient to make him an unperson in today’s literary world.

Queen of Atlantis was slightly controversial at the time of its publication in 1919, its
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Jim
Feb 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
We have this image of French literature as being intellectual and even ethereal. Well, Pierre Benoît aims to prove you wong with his The Queen of Atlantis, also known as L'Atlantide. Reading him is like reading H. Rider Haggard. In fact, he was accused of plagiarizing Haggard: He got off the hook because he could not read English, and Haggard had not yet been translated into French.

Benoit writes about a Kingdom of Atlantis that was not so much sunk into the ocean as arisen from the ocean, where
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George K.
Oct 09, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
"Η Ατλαντίδα", εκδόσεις Άγκυρα.

Βαθμολογία: 7/10

Δεν είναι αμιγώς φαντασίας, όμως έχουμε την μυθική Ατλαντίδα καταμεσής της Σαχάρας και μια βασίλισσα που μέσω των θέλγητρων της οδηγεί στον θάνατο θαρραλέους αξιωματικούς και εξερευνητές, που έτυχε να βρεθούν σ'αυτά τα μέρη. Πιο συγκεκριμένα, διαβάζουμε την εξιστόρηση ενός Γάλλου αξιωματικού που κατάφερε να αποδράσει από την Ατλαντίδα, έχοντας όμως σκοπό να ξαναγυρίσει πίσω έξι χρόνια αργότερα.

Το βιβλίο είναι γραμμένο το 1919 και δείχνει σε μεγάλο
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Köksal Kök
sahafta, yeni gelenleri arasında bir kitap. önkapağı atlantid olunca, arka kapağında bilimkurgu, macera yazınca hemen atladım, aldım. zaati ben, üzerinde, mu, atlantis, agarta, ufo gibi sihirli kelimeler olmasın, hemen üstüne 4 elimle atlar alırım. kaçar mı benden. (pisliğin tekiyim var ya.).

(her şeye inanan safın teki olarak ben, bu hikayenin de doğruluğuna, yaşanmış olduğuna inanırım, platonun, herodotun yazdıklarına inandığım gibi. internette hoggarla ilgili biraz araştırma yapınca, harita üz
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Marie-Pier  Dodier
Atlantide ensevelie sous le Sahara au lieu d'engloutie. Dirigée par une femme qui collectionne les mâles qui tombent amoureux d'elle.
J.L. Dobias
Jan 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: SFF Classic Lost world fans
Shelves: book-shelf-10
Atlantida by Pierre Benoit

Even though this is a bit average in a classic; I enjoyed reading it.

It reminded me of those old Tarzan movies.

What it is though; is more of an example of the old Trope about the beautiful, seductive, feminine character whom the protagonists all fall in love with (sometimes inexplicably).

It seems there was some argument that Pierre plagiarized this from H.R. Haggard's SHE.

Though it does use a similar template of lost world and has Africa as a setting and the lovely irre
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Allison
When I came across this in my list of downloaded Kindle books, I could not remember why I'd downloaded it. When I started reading it, I felt like things were getting pretty Heart of Darkness without the regrets about colonialism on me, which also did not help me to figure out why I'd downloaded it. At one point, though, this story takes a bizarre magic and sci-fi turn that tipped me off as to why I might have had it. That, however, did not make it interesting. Atlantida was the sloggiest French ...more
Ken
May 21, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
I'm told this book shares a lot in common with the more famous "She", but as I have not read that one yet, I'll come back later to comment. (I have "She" and "King Solomon's Mines" in one volume). At any rate, this is a pretty exciting story, but ultimately you long for a hero, and the one hero of the story is killed by the narrator. This is not a spoiler; you are told from the very start about the Captain's death. As to the premise, I like the idea that Atlantis was once the tips of the Ahaggar ...more
Denis
Nov 20, 2008 rated it really liked it
Ah, Pierre Benoît... A forgotten French master, who wrote an astonishing number of novels filled with adventure, exotic settings, lethal femmes fatales (whose first names always start with an A), hopeless romantic loves. All those books -who were extremely popular when they were published- are actually very well written, and some of them, like MADEMOISELLE DE LA FERTE, are in fact real masterpieces of great psychological depth. This one -about the myth of Atlantis- was a tremendous hit, inspired ...more
Rachel
Oct 26, 2008 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: people I don't like
Reading is my hobby; I do it because I love it. There is no question that I read many frivolous things, and some deep, thoughtful things. This book was plain tedium. 128 pages in, and we still haven't met the queen who is supposed to be the title character and the motive for the shocking murder in the African desert. Call me a fool for instant gratification, but I just plain can't take it anymore. Karl Marx' Communist Manifesto was more entertaining and engaging than this literary Bataan Death M ...more
Lectrice Hérétique
Mar 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classiques
Lu vers 11/13 ans cette histoire m’avait fait une forte impression. Exotisme et mystère, amour et mort, ce court roman, furtif comme un mirage en plein désert, se lit d’une traite. Je ne me souvenais pas de sa briéveté, et c’est le seul point qui me déçoit à la relecture, je l’aurais voulu plus long. Mais quelle joie de le relire !
Lew
Nov 04, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-horror
This was an interesting take on the lost city of Atlantis by a French author. It was interesting to read the various Sahara/North Africa geographic references circa 1920. Recommend to anyone interested in reading early adventure/science fiction. This is an Ace Science Fiction Classic, series F, F-281.
Alek Leka
On the pale water of the little pool, motionless and fixed like a silver nail, a star had just been born.......Pierre Benoit
Debbie Zapata
Sort of an inferior SHE....but still kind of fun to read, even though it was predictable.
Voss
Dec 16, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
diciamo che come romanzo avrebbe pure i suoi perché, purtroppo è scritto davvero male.
La trama si svolge in maniera troppo superficiale.
Un vero peccato: l'idea è bellissima.
Ovide
Jun 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
une théorie amusante...
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Pierre Benoît était un romancier français et un membre de l'Académie française.

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