The Lost World


“One School, One Book” month is back! This year we’ll be encountering dinosaurs and hidden treasure in The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle (the author of the Sherlock Holmes stories). There are two versions of the book available – you decide which is the best choice for you.

Original version:



Chapter 1 – “There Are Heroisms All Around Us”
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?”
     I gave the self-evident answer that I should be a ruined man, upon which he jumped from his chair, reproved me for my habitual levity, which made it impossible for him to discuss any reasonable subject in my presence, and bounced off out of the room to dress for a Masonic meeting.
     At last I was alone with Gladys, and the moment of Fate had come! All that evening I had felt like the soldier who awaits the signal which will send him on a forlorn hope; hope of victory and fear of repulse alternating in his mind.

If you want us to print a copy of this version for you, you need to bring 15RMB to the library by Friday October 23rd!

Alternatively, you can download the PDF!
(if you want the MOBI or EPUB version, ask your homeroom teacher.)

Abridged version:



Chapter 1 – “There Are Heroisms All Around Us
Mr.Hungerton, my girlfriend Gladys’s father, was one of the silliest men I had ever met. Like a bird, he liked to chirp on and on. He had some crazy views on economics and trade. For an hour or more that evening, I listened to him complain.
“What if everyone had to pay their debts right now?” he shrieked.
“I would be a ruined man!” I answered. “I don’t have the money!”
“You should spend your money more wisely,” he grumbled, and left the room.
At last, I was alone with Gladys.

This version also includes a Chinese translation and explanations of key vocabulary.

If you want us to order a copy of this version for you, you need to bring 15RMB to the library by Friday October 23rd!

Watch this space for more announcements of events and activities!

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