The Lost World
Arthur Conan Doyle
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A true classic
I've read all 50 odd Sherlock Holmes stories so thought I'd give thus a whirl. So pleased that I did! As to be expected from the author, it was wonderfully written in the flowing language of a bygone era, that modern Edwardian costume dramas can only attempt to emulate, mostly with limited success. The beautifully eloquent writing of the era really does capture the mood of an age of wonder, when the world had still so much yet to be explored, and access to the more remote parts was tantalising, distant dream. The subtle humour is consistent, in the misplaced pomposity of the professors, the gung-ho iron nerves of the adventurer and the dry wit of the journalist.
I can't recommend this book highly enough. For me it is up there with Wells' "The Time Machine", and to, for once, use appropriately use a much mistreated phrase: a true classic!
A great read! Throughly recommend!
Nearly a hundred years old and still as engaging as any of today's adventure stories. One to be read again an again