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The Land That Time Forgot is a classic tale from the pen of Edgar Rice Burroughs, the creator of Tarzan. Set during the First World War, it tells the story of one man travelling onboard a sailing vessel that is bombarded and sunk by a German U-boat. Rescued by the Navy, he then finds his fate entwined once more with the Germans when he again encounters the same U-boat and finds himself part of a party taking control of the vessel once their own ship is sunk. Unfortunately, no Allied port will let them near in their captured submarine because their radio is broken and they cannot signal their good intentions and soon the crew find themselves lost and miles from anywhere when a traitor onboard scuppers their plans to instead reach a neutral dock! Desperate for supplies, it is then that they find the legendary island of Caprona!
Rumours abound about this mythical island set apart from the civilised world where prehistoric creatures live in isolated security and when the crew travel inland, they discover all the stories to be true. But once there, the crew find it hard-pressed to leave due to a shortage of fuel. Then disaster strikes and before long, the party are all seperated from each other and forced to wander the island alone...........
Land is the first of a trilogy set in this Lost World and quite a joy still to read even after all this time since its first publication. The book begins with one man finding a message in a bottle that has come all the way from Caprona and the rest of the novel is supposed to be the manuscript contained inside. To that end, the beginning can be a bit confusing unless you keep your wits about you as there is no distinction between the two accounts and it takes a second or two to discern which is which.
This though is the only criticism as this is a highly engrossing adventure that has stood the tests of time well and is just as much fun today as it was when first written! Certainly I would recommend this and found it a joy to read again after all these years have passed since I first picked it up! You barely even notice that the crew don't reach the island until way into the half-way point of the novel, that is how enjoyable this is!
A great classic that inspired two hit movies!