In this baroque literary farce, Brazilian author Souza (Death Squeeze, 1992--not reviewed; etc.) employs an elegant, amusing, mock 19th-century style to spin a fabulistic, academic ``sequel of sorts'' to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Lost World. Creating it on the spot in answer to an inane newspaper interview, the narrator shares the plot of his latest project: Jane Challenger, a reporter for a London economics magazine and granddaughter of Doyle's Professor Challenger, discovers--in the jungles of Brazil--a ``reasonably healthy and well-fed species of capitalists considered extinct in England since the eighteenth century.'' Her adventures follow: absurd, intelligent, and entertaining storytelling. While the subject matter might not garner a wide readership, this might be the critical success that brings Souza the recognition his style and imagination clearly deserve.