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The Lost Continent

The Story of Atlantis

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Author: Charles John Cutcliffe Hyne (Weatherby Chesney)
Published: 1900
Language: English
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 79.5
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 7,579 3829

A classic "lost race" story, with all of the required elements: a seductive empress, a straight-arrow hero, battles, escapes, sorcery, and earth-shattering cataclysms! Eminently readable and very entertaining, without any profundity to distract a fan of Haggard, Aubrey, or Janvier-style fantasy literature.

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Canary for the good of his lungs, and write it because he felt dull up in that cave?"

"I made a mistake there. The author was not an Egyptian. It was the similarity of the inscribed character which misled me. The book was written by one Deucalion, who seems to have been a priest or general--or perhaps both--and he was an Atlantean. How it got there, I don't know yet. Probably that was told in the last few pages, which a certain vandal smashed up with his pocketknife, in getting them away from the place where they were stowed."

"That's right, abuse me. Deucalion you say? There was a Deucalion in the Greek mythology. He was one of the two who escaped from the Flood: their Noah, in fact."

"The swamping of the continent of Atlantis might very well correspond to the Flood."

"Is there a Pyrrha then? She was Deucalion's wife."

"I haven't come across her yet. But there's a Phorenice, who may be the same. She seems to have been the reigning Empress, as far as I can make out at presen

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 3.8 from 4 reviews: ****
JoJo Biggins

This is a pretty good story that I would liked to have given 4 stars, but it's just too full of swashbuckling action, high-handed dialogue, and boring description. Nevertheless, it holds the reader's interest well until the end - even if it's necessary to skip paragraphs of puff here and there.

The author appears to be trying to make some sort of comment about modern society and religion, but it's not quite clear exactly what message he intends to convey. This can be a little distracting, but not too bad.

This is yet another tale that explains Atlantis. It, however, makes no attempt to do so seriously - it is just fiction. It is wrongly classified here on this site as sci fi - it is in no way such a beast, but merely a fantasy tale. Much better fare than from most authors of the era - just don't expect the quality of modern writing.


I enjoyed this more than I expected and picked it up at every opportunity.
The first chapter, set in 'modern' times, in which ancient tablets describing the events on Atlantis are found, was not particularly well-written nor engaging.
However, once the action started the author seemed to find his pace and the book was quite enjoyable, if a tad corny at times.
Certainly a more entertaining way to pass a few evenings than watching most of the stuff you'll find on TV


This was an okay book. It was a little tedious at points and I had a hard time making a real connection with the main character at times.


This is a great book! I was bored one evening and picked it up and read straight through til morning.



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