The Land That Time Forgot by Edgar Rice Burroughs
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“The Land That Time Forgot” is a science fiction adventure novel written by Edgar Rice Burroughs. First published in 1918, the story is set during World War I and follows the adventures of a group of people who become stranded on a mysterious island in the South Pacific. The island is inhabited by prehistoric creatures and is also home to a lost civilization that has remained hidden from the rest of the world for thousands of years.
The story is narrated by the protagonist, Bowen Tyler, who is a passenger on a merchant ship that is torpedoed by a German U-boat. Tyler and a small group of survivors manage to take control of the U-boat and set a course for safety. However, they become lost in a dense fog and eventually find themselves on the shores of an unknown island.
The island is unlike anything they have ever seen before. It is covered in dense jungle and is teeming with life from another age. The group soon realizes that they have traveled back in time to the Mesozoic era, where dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures still roam the Earth.
As they explore the island, they encounter a tribe of primitive humans who are being hunted by a race of intelligent creatures known as the “Mahars”. The Mahars are the last survivors of an ancient civilization that once dominated the island, and they have managed to keep their existence hidden from the rest of the world for thousands of years.
Tyler and his companions soon find themselves caught up in a struggle for survival as they fight to stay alive in a world that is both beautiful and deadly. They must confront not only the dangers posed by the prehistoric creatures, but also the treacherous politics of the island’s inhabitants.
“The Land That Time Forgot” is a classic adventure story that has inspired countless works of science fiction and fantasy. Burroughs was a master storyteller who created a rich and detailed world filled with danger, excitement, and wonder. The novel explores themes of evolution, civilization, and the human condition, and it raises important questions about the nature of humanity and the value of knowledge and discovery.
The novel’s enduring popularity can be attributed to its timeless themes and its exciting and imaginative storytelling. It is a thrilling adventure that transports readers to a world of mystery and danger, where anything is possible and the impossible becomes reality. Burroughs’ vivid descriptions of the island and its inhabitants are both captivating and terrifying, and his characters are complex and relatable, making the reader care about their fate and rooting for their survival.
“The Land That Time Forgot” is a must-read for anyone who loves science fiction, adventure, or just a great story. It is a classic tale that has stood the test of time and continues to captivate readers to this day.