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The Lost World By Michael Crichton Essay, Research Paper

I read Michael Crichton?s The Lost World. ? In the following paragraphs, I will not only explain the book, but also give my critique of it. I will also give a paragraph that was probably the best paragraph in the book, in my opinion.

The book starts out with Ian Malcolm, a mathematician who had already had an experience with live dinosaurs a couple of years ago on another island. He has pretty much blocked that experience from his mind. Anyway, it also talks about a man named Doctor Levine. This man talks at a lecture that Malcolm is watching about the theory of there being a lost world, an island, undiscovered, that has extinct animals on it, particularly dinosaurs. Malcolm dismisses this idea saying that is the dumbest thing he ever heard. After the lecture, Levine talks to Malcolm to help him in finding this “Lost World.” Malcolm again dismisses him. After a couple weeks of Levine nagging him, he sort of gets more into the idea, and starts to believe it. Levine Narrows it down to one island, Isla Sorna, and just leaves without telling anyone.

Two of Levine?s students, Kelly and Arby, get worried when he wasn?t there to teach their class, because they were supposed to go on a field trip with him that day. They go to a guy named Doctor Thorne, a guy that was making specialized equipment for their trip. He said that he didn?t know what was going on. They contact Malcolm and they go to Levine?s apartment. They go to his computer room and see all this stuff on the wall about site B. They go onto the computer and Arby gets all this stuff about site B on it. Malcolm then finds out that the island that Levine went to was Isla Sorna. They plan this whole trip to go there, just Malcolm, Thorne, and Thorne?s assistant, Eddie. They also call a woman named Sarah Harding, a scientist in Africa, to come with them. She had to take a flight in a while, she was too far to just go with them. They told the kids that they couldn?t go. They leave for a helicopter with a specialized explorer, and two trailers, with a lot of equipment. On the way there, Thorne gets a call from Arby saying good luck. They get to the island and search for Levine, with this device they have, the find him and go back to the trailer. Before the go back, you find out that that Kelly and Arby hid in a compartment in the trailer. They find a computer and get into the system and find that there are camera?s all around the islands.

Sarah Harding tries to find a way to the island, but can?t, until she finds a boat going there. The People on the boat, Dodgson, King, and Baselton. They have plans to go to the island and steal some eggs. Sarah doesn?t know this and goes for the ride. On the way there, Dodgson pushes her off the boat. She swims to a cave and gets on the island.

Meanwhile, Levine, Thorne, and Eddie erect a high hide. This protects them from the dinosaurs. They had a close encounter with Parasaurs when a whole herd of them went past the high hide. They didn?t notice it though. Later on, Arby sees someone on the screen. Its Sarah. They go to pick her up.

Dodgson, King, and Baselton are stealing eggs. The get to the T-Rex?s nest, the expect the T-Rex to not be able to see as long as they don?t move. Malcolm says that they are misinformed and in the chase, Baselton and King Die, and Dodgson gets away and is chased by these small dinosaurs into this shed, and he falls asleep. During that chase, Levine and Eddie were at the nest, and Eddie saw a hurt baby T-Rex. Levine tells him to shoot it, but instead, Eddie brings it back to the trailer. Ian and Sarah try to heal it while everyone else goes back to the high hide. While they are mending it?s broken arm, the parents come back for it. They keep bashing the trailer until they figure out what they are after, the baby. They give back the baby, and the dinosaurs seem to stop the beating of the trailer. They bring the baby a little bit into the woods, and they then come back to beat the trailer again. They hit it closer and closer to the cliff, until half of it is hanging off the cliff, only being held by the connector. They realize that they have to get to the top part of the trailer. They make it up. Just then, Thorne comes in the jeep and the dinosaurs stop to protect their baby. They then go back to the nest. Malcolm is very hurt and takes some morphine for the pain, Sarah just has a gash on her fore head and a couple of bumps and bruises, but that?s it. There is now less than five hours until the return helicopter comes.

Meanwhile, Levine, Eddie, Kelly, and Arby are at the high hide. They see that Malcolm and Sarah made it. Suddenly, Levine sees some raptors in the distance, coming towards the high hide. They almost go straight by, until one of them smelled a candy wrapper. The find the high hide, and they start to attack it. They knock off Arby and Eddie. Arby gets into a cage they had set up at the bottom, but Eddie is killed. The key is still in the lock of the cage, so Arby tries to lock it, he does, but he drops the key and a raptor gets it. The raptors rip the cage off and push it down the hill. Thorne, Levine, and Malcolm go after Arby and Kelly and Sarah go after the raptor with the key. Sarah drives the motorcycle and Kelly is sitting behind her. Kelly has to shoot the raptor and does it on like her third try. They get the key and fine the others who got Arby back. They go to the worker village to rest and to try to find gas for the jeep. The raptors that were chasing them mysteriously stopped before the worker village. They mend Arby while Thorne goes out to find gas somewhere. He goes around back into a shed with these barrels in it. They were all empty. He then heard breathing, but he didn?t see anything. Suddenly, the lights went on inside the house and he saw 2 figures standing there, changing their colors, chameleon dinosaurs. Inside, Levine also saw that they were chameleon dinosaurs and told Sarah. Sarah and Levine went outside with flashlights and waved them around at the dinosaurs, who couldn?t adapt to the rapid changing, and ran away.

They went inside and Thorne mentioned the other car, and that it would be good if it still worked, and then remembered that there was a switchboard that would fix the car. Sarah goes there and sees about 50 dinosaurs around the jeep. She climbs onto a tree branch so that she could get over them and onto the jeep, she misses the jeep and goes under it. Meanwhile, Dodgson wakes up, and finds Diego?s, Levine?s guide who dies within the first hour on the island, and open?s it, he finds a 2-way radio and hears Sarah and Thorne talking. He goes to where Sarah is and ends up hiding under the car with her. The dinosaurs disappear because a T-Rex is coming. Sarah pushes Dodgson out and the T-Rex takes Dodgson and leaves, letting Sarah get the jeep going, she goes straight to the Helicopter landing sight and is too late, so she didn?t get to tell him to wait so she could get the others. She starts to go back.

Meanwhile, at the house, Levine figures out why the raptors stopped. It was because of the chameleon dinosaurs, but now that it was morning, the chameleon dinosaurs weren?t a threat, so the raptors would come to the house. His theory was right, and Thorne and Levine end up holding the door shut while the raptors try to get in from all ways. Kelly is on the computer trying to find a way off the island when she sees all the graphics on the screen and knows that the cord to the computer must go through the floor, which must have enough room for a repairman to get through, so they all go through there and when they get out, the see Sarah and head for the boathouse. They get there and see a boat in there. They take the boat off the island, and go home.

I think the only weakness of the book is that it is too much like the first book, Jurassic Park. ? The characters have similar strengths and weaknesses, two kids, etc.

I also thing that there are numerous strengths to the book. It was very compelling, and some nights I?d be up until stupid hours in the morning reading it because I couldn?t put it down. It was a thrilling book. It kept you wanting more.

A particular passage which impressed me was PP 422 & 423, Chapter Exit, the whole chapter. I particularly liked this chapter because it sort of turned the table on humans. We always think we are superior to every other animal in the world, always taking them for granted, killing them and eating them. The T-Rex brings Dodgson back to the nest for the babies to eat, sort of like when a bird brings a worm home for its babies, only we?re the worms.

In conclusion, I really liked this book, it is my favorite book now. I would definitely recommend it to anyone. No matter what they are interested in. I didn?t read Jurassic Park, ? but I am definitely going to, and I can?t wait to see the Lost World ? on the big screen.

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