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Inspirations: The Lost World by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

March 9th, 2012 by Fitz, Inspirations, 0 Comments

The Lost World by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

“I have wrought my simple plan
If I give one hour of joy
To the boy who’s half a man,
Or the man who’s half a boy.”

So begins one of the great rousing adventures tales of all time: The Lost World by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I can’t say enough good things about this book. It tells the tale of group of English adventurers who trek to a remote and isolated plateau in South America where they discover a land filled with dinosaurs, primitive humans, and all manner of temporal throwbacks. It’s the original “lost land where dinosaurs still exist” book that launched innumerable imitators.

The book is written in an agreeable Victorian style that stresses hard work, rational thought, and optimism (though also unfortunately bits of ethnocentricity and racism). It possesses enough depth and attention to actual scientific detail to engage older readers and yet is quick-paced and action-packed enough to keep young readers interested.

Purchasing

As I mentioned the Lost World spawned countless movies, book, comics, etc. Here are a few I’ve enjoyed and think you’ll find worth your time.

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Film & TV Versions

There have been numerous film & televison adaptations of varying quality and they all take a pretty wide detour from the original tale. If nothing else they usually add a female character and usually one who’s tough and aggressive to boot.

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The Actual Plateau

Want to actually visit this mysterious South American plateau? You can. Well, sort of. Mount Roaima was the inspiration for Doyle’s plateau and it’s a breathtaking site that possesses flora not found anywhere else on earth (though sadly no dinosaurs). The ever useful Atlas Obscura has details as does this site: http://www.thelostworld.org/