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The Lost World
The Lost World by Michael Crichton was a very adventurous and
suspenseful book. This book is a perfect addition to Jurassic Park and
continues exactly where it left off. It takes place on a remote island not far
from Isla Nubar (the last island) and was actually where the dinosaurs where
conceived and where they were checked against any diseases before being
shipped to the actual park. But after the InGen corporation went bankrupt
and their owner suddenly "disappeared" in the park, this "Lost World" was
left behind because no one really knew about it. Through the story, the
ingenious Ian Malcom along with his new friends, Dr. Levine, Arby, Kelly,
Eddie Carr, Dr. Thorne, and Sarah Harding, matches wits with the most
fearsome of the dinosaurs in their home territory and in his time period. To
me, this was the perfect addition to his already fabulous collection of
The setting was on a remote island in Costa Rica which is part of a
chain of the five islands named somehow after death called Isla Muerte, Isla
Matanceros, Isla Pena, Isla Tacano, and of course Isla Sorna. Isla Sorna is
the island where it all takes place in an overgrown InGen factory that runs on
sulfuric fumes. One quote describing the island was "Thorne glimpsed
rugged, volcanic terrain, overgrown with dense jungle.
This book was actually packed with action, that is what kept me
reading it for such long periods at a time. One very adventurous scene was
when Sarah and Kelly where chasing after the raptor which had the key
wrapped around it\'s mouth. "They were now just three feet away. Kelly
could smell the animal. It turned it\'s head and snapped at them." Another
exciting scene was when Eddie Carr was battling with the raptors on the high
hide and lost. "One of the raptors caught the strut in its jaws and jerked it
hard. Eddie lost his balance, twisted, and fell backward, toppling over the
side. Immediately all the animals dropped to the ground. They heard Eddie
screaming in the night."
The characterization in this story was also excellent, one character that
Chrichton went into deep detail was Eddie Carr. "Eddie Carr was twenty-
four years old, raised in Daly City. Physically, he was dark-haired, compact
and strong. His body was thick, the muscles bunched, but his hands were
elegant, the fingers long and tapered. The main antagonist in the story was
the dinosaurs or Man vs Nature, but since Man actually made these dinosaurs
the antagonist could also be Man vs himself. One quote showing the
destruction of the dinosaurs was "the maiasaur tipped the jeep over. The
vehicle crashed over on its side. One of the adults reared up, and stood on
the side panels. Its huge feet crushed the vehicle inward. Another interesting
scene was with the carnosaurs "the striped pattern on their skins was
replaced by the leafy pattern of the rhododendrons behind them. Once again
the dinosaurs blended into invisibility." One last quote had to deal with yet
again, another quarrel with the raptors. "Thorne lunged, grabbed the end of
the cage nearest him. The cage twisted, rolling Thorne onto his back. He
found himself in a tug of war with the raptor-and the raptor was winning."
There was little symbolism in this story but one case of it was the
hostility the mother and father tyrannosaurs toward Malcom and Sarah
symbolized their love for their baby tyrannosaur. "The female remained with
the baby for some moments, moving it, positioning it. Then the female roared
and the male roared back. An then both animals charged the trailer at full
speed, racing across the clearing toward them.
The author\'s general view of human nature was greedy I think, and it
was visible though Lewis Dogdeson stealing the eggs. Baselton asked
Dodgson "what kind of dinosaurs are these?" and Dodgson said "I have no
[email protected]#king idea, and it doesn\'t make a difference, just follow the procedure."
This book was very excellent due to Crichton\'s stupendous writing
style. Plus, due to the first book Jurassic Park, The Lost World\'s plot, theme,
and characters are all easy to relate to and identify with. I just can\'t wait until
this movie comes to the theaters, because
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