Bit stoggy not unlike new bread, but you get into it and it races along - for me it pays to see the old English(1930-ish) which really establishes a reference point and lets you imagine the time that it was set in. Robert Donat plays the hero and makes a good fist of the part, but for those of you reading it from another era the film would really help.
Sidney Hobbs’s book reviews
I read this book an awfull long time ago and remember enjoying it, but get confused with the Spencer Tracey movie of the same name. Try and get the movie, then read the book, it helps me a lot.
I have real trouble with Victorian prose, I find it very hard to read with it's often flowery descriptive style. It's worth the trouble with this one though, first saw it as a silent movie back in 1938, and it realy grabbed me. I can still se the great block of ice with a mammoth inside, and the standard lovely maiden all ready to be CCRRUUSSHHEEDD at it's feet.
Anything by Mark Twain is good. I am a New Zealander, but I can appreciate the down to earth Back Home US of A merit of this book. If you can, before you read it, try to see the really old film that was made with this title. Victore Jure(?) portrait of Tom's nemisis was so very good, and Aunt Polly was wonderfull too.
Seems a bit dated now, but none the less, it is a good study of all these modern "man goes back in time meets whatdoyoucall Saurus" type movies. Still a good read though.