My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Quite a fun fictive piece. It runs in the same stream of progressive positivism that prevailed at the turn into the 20th century. It follows much of a similar trajectory as Jules Verne's "Journey to the Center of the Earth," but instead of going into the earth, it rises to the center of South America.
"The Lost World" also plays out the fallacious mindset that fed much of the early Darwinian evolution of the day; especially its racial superiority. This appears to be the culture milieu that many imbibed in at the time, such as Theodore Roosevelt and Sir Julian Huxley, to name a few. But all of that said, it was a fun fictive piece written in the style one comes to enjoy in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The story line holds all of the way through the tale, and ties together in a tidy piece. I happily recommend the book, especially if you're looking for an entertaining read.
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