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The Devil-Tree of El Dorado

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Lost race novel concerning the discovery of the legendary city of Manoa and a carnivorous tree on the summit of Mt. Roraima
hardcover, 392 pages
Published 1897 by New Amsterdam Book Company
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Norman Cook
Feb 28, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Roraima is a real plateau in the Andes that for a long time was thought to be unclimbable, so it was natural to set a lost-world story there. (We will overlook the fact that a relatively easy hiking trail had been found many years before this book was published.) The story itself is fairly routine compared to ones by Haggard or Burroughs, for example, but is nevertheless an enjoyable read. The malevolent devil-tree seemed a bit out of place in what was otherwise a pretty realistic (as these ...more
Rich Meyer
Jul 25, 2015 rated it liked it
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Not a bad adventure tale, that holds up rather well considering it was written in the 19th century. Very reminiscent of Edgar Rice Burroughs or Robert Howard in style, with a little less forced exposition that was the norm for the era. A trio of adventurers explore the then-exotic and foreboding plateau of Roirama, to find the lost city of El Dorado. I know, it sounds like a mash-up of two stories, but it's actually quite good.
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