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“The Lost World “by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The Lost

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The Lost World by Arthur

“The Lost World”

is a novel by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, first published in 1912. It is the second book featuring Professor George Edward Challenger, a larger-than-life character who is known for his bombastic personality and his scientific prowess. In “The Lost World,” Challenger leads an expedition to a remote plateau in South America, where he hopes to prove the existence of living dinosaurs.

The story begins in London, where Challenger challenges the scientific community to acknowledge his claim that there is a hidden world on a plateau in South America where prehistoric creatures still exist. He is met with ridicule and disbelief, but he is determined to prove his theory. He enlists the help of the narrator, Edward Malone, a young journalist who is in love with a woman named Gladys. In order to impress her, Malone decides to join Challenger on his expedition.

They travel to South America and meet up with two other members of the expedition, Lord John Roxton, a famous big game hunter, and Professor Summerlee, a rival of Challenger’s who has come along to disprove his theory. The four men embark on a dangerous journey through the Amazon rainforest, battling hostile natives, treacherous terrain, and dangerous wildlife. Eventually, they find a way up to the plateau, where they discover a world that has remained hidden from human eyes for millions of years.

On the plateau, the explorers encounter a wide variety of prehistoric creatures, including giant insects, pterodactyls, and of course, dinosaurs. They also encounter a tribe of primitive humans, whom they initially mistake for hostile savages but later come to understand and even befriend.

The group faces numerous challenges and dangers on the plateau, including a treacherous river that nearly kills them all, an attack by a herd of triceratops, and a dramatic escape from a nest of vicious pterodactyls. Throughout it all, Challenger proves himself to be an indispensable leader, using his knowledge and skills to keep the group alive.

However, as the expedition goes on, tensions rise between the members of the group. Challenger’s arrogance and hot temper often clash with Summerlee’s more reserved personality, and Roxton’s desire for adventure and danger leads him to take risks that endanger the group. Meanwhile, Malone finds himself increasingly drawn to the beautiful and intelligent Gladys, who he left behind in London.

Eventually, the group decides to leave the plateau and return to civilization. They are able to bring back evidence of their incredible discoveries, including photographs and even a live pterodactyl, but they are met with skepticism and disbelief by the scientific community. Malone’s love for Gladys, however, is ultimately rewarded when she agrees to marry him.

In the end, “The Lost World” is a thrilling adventure story that combines elements of science fiction and fantasy. It is also a commentary on the role of science in society, and the conflict between those who seek knowledge and those who fear it. At its heart, though, it is a story about human ambition and the thirst for discovery, and the incredible lengths that people will go to in order to satisfy that thirst.

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