Arthur Conan Doyle – The Lost World

Title: The Lost World
Author: Arthur Conan Doyle
Series: Professor Challenger (Book 1 of 5)
Year: 1912
Goodreads page: Link

It’s London, 1907. Journalist Edward Malone, rejected by the woman he loves because he is too prosaic, decides to go in search of adventure and fame to prove himself worthy of her. Soon after, he meets Professor George Challenger, a scientist who claims to have discovered a ‘lost world’ populated by pterodactyls and other prehistoric monsters.
(from Goodreads)

What I really liked about this book is for sure the writing style of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; it’s the first time I read one of his books, as I always knew his works from cinematography or other types of media… so I didn’t know how his writing was.

The description of the various scenes are really good and make you live the adventure… also the turns of events (especially the trick of the letter) are spectacular and the action scene leaves you with bated breath.
The only negative side of Doyle’s writing for me was the racism: he frequently differentiates the characters by the color of their skin and is sure it isn’t only for a descriptive purpose.

Speaking about the characters my favorite one is for sure Challenger: it seems really unpleasant but I found it hilarious and brilliant.
Also I liked the variety of the characters of the main group and each of them is really well constructed.

The finale left me in awe even if a part of it was a bit bittersweet. I hope the other books of the series will be as good as this one.


  1. Looking forward to your other Professor Challenger reviews. I hated Challenger with a passion when I read this so I never bothered with trying the others. Hopefully I can live vicariously through your reviews 😀

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  2. The racism is a tricky thing to deal with. On one hand you’ve just got to take it as a sign of the times but even then there are so many examples of late Victorian era literature which are virtually racism free.

    Really nice little review and has got interested in exploring Doyle’s work outside of Holmes

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