When Ed Malone, a hotheaded journalist with an insatiable thirst for adventure, is sent to interview the notorious Professor Challenger, he manages to charm his way onto the great man’s expedition. Challenger leads the four-man team to a South American jungle on an isolated plateau, cut off from the rest of the world by vast, perpendicular cliffs. Here, in this lost world, linger strange prehistoric creatures, long extinct elsewhere – terrifying dinosaurs, huge pterodactyls and a vicious ape-man. A fast-moving tale of action and adventure, The Lost World is one of the original fantasy novels.
Forget the Michael Crichton book (and Spielberg movie) that copied the title. This is the original: the terror-adventure tale of The Lost World. Writing not long after dinosaurs first invaded the popular imagination, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle spins a yarn about an expedition of two scientists, a big-game hunter, and a journalist (the narrator) to a volcanic plateau high over the vast Amazon rain forest. The bickering of the professors (a type Doyle knew well from his medical training) serves as witty contrast to the wonders of flora and fauna they encounter, building toward a dramatic moonlit chase scene with a Tyrannosaurus Rex. And the character of Professor George E. Challenger is second only to Sherlock Holmes in the outrageous force of his personality: he's a big man with an even bigger ego, and if you can grit your teeth through his racist behavior toward Native Americans, he's a lot of fun.