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One man's descent from scientist to fanatic,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Lost World and Other Stories (Wordsworth Classics) (Paperback)
I agree entirely with the previous reviewer, but would add that the real surprise about The Land of Mist's fascinating awfulness is that the previous story - The Poison Belt - is one of Conan Doyle's most artful works. An exciting mix of comedy and adventure story, as befits the sequel to The Lost World, it is also a metaphysical joke, so self-aware that, had it been written a generation later, it would have been called 'post-Modern'. As for The Land of Mist, the previous reviewer is spot on when he points out that Doyle's 'honesty' exposes every supposed proof of spiritualism. Almost uniformly bad, the novel does spring to life whenever Prof. Challenger is introduced - he remained, even in this story, one of the great comic creations of the 20th century.