Long before Michael Crichton's high-tech dinosaurs roamed the bestseller lists, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle envisioned an isolated land of prehistoric life that exists in the 20th century. When Ed Malone, a hotheaded journalist with an insatiable thirst for adventure, is sent to interview the notorious Professor Challenger, he manages to charm his way onto the great man’s expedition. Challenger leads the four-man team to a South American jungle on an isolated plateau, cut off from the rest of the world by vast, perpendicular cliffs. Here, in this lost world, linger strange prehistoric creatures, long extinct elsewhere – terrifying dinosaurs, huge pterodactyls and a vicious ape-man. A fast-moving tale of action and adventure, The Lost World is one of the original fantasy novels.
Mr. Hungerton, her father, really was the most tactless person upon earth,—a fluffy, feathery, untidy cockatoo of a man, perfectly good–natured, but absolutely centered upon his own silly self. If anything could have driven me from Gladys, it would have been the thought of such a father–in–law. I am convinced that he really believed in his heart that I came round to the Chestnuts three days a week for the pleasure of his company, and very especially to hear his views upon bimetallism, a subject upon which he was by way of being an authority. For an hour or more that evening I listened to his monotonous chirrup about bad money driving out good, the token value of silver, the depreciation of the rupee, and the true standards of exchange. "Suppose," he cried with feeble violence, "that all the debts in the world were called up simultaneously, and immediate payment insisted upon,—what under our present conditions would happen then?"