Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Alas! Alack! Here we go anyways. This was a surprisingly good read. If you want a swashbuckling adventure story that pretty much started the genre out 140 odd years ago, this is your story. I would say many an action movie, or lost world movie/book owes a few nods in this books direction. I wasn't all too sure of it when I started out, but this was a good read. For it's time, I couldn't help but compare it to Agatha Christie's, And then they were none. AC's is a book that has been sterilized over time because of the controversial word choices and how certain peoples were described. In this book, the author chooses to tell us, the reader, that he will refuse to use the term (use your imagination here) because it is not respectful and does not denote the wonderful people that he has met. Interesting comparison considering this book was written in the 1890s and AC was more turn of the century. Attitudes have never been uniform. KSM also includes a biracial love story, which I feel is pretty ballsy considering the time. That this relationship is not able to be truly consummated, it is painted in very respectful terms.
I like that this was an adventure story, looking for that lost city of gold in the middle of nowhere. In an era of gold rushes, and the world shrinking, this would have been a timely novel. I like that some social conventions are bucked, and that all ends well enough. One of these days I will have to search out some of the classic movies inspired by this tale and see if they measure up. Either that, or time to watch Indiana again.