The Lost World: SummaryI read Michael Crichton’s The Lost World. In the following paragraphs, I willnot only explain the book, but also give my critique of it. I will also give aparagraph 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 anexperience with live dinosaurs a couple of years ago on another island. He haspretty much blocked that experience from his mind. Anyway, it also talks abouta man named Doctor Levine.
This man talks at a lecture that Malcolm is watchingabout the theory of there being a lost world, an island, undiscovered, that hasextinct animals on it, particularly dinosaurs. Malcolm dismisses this ideasaying that is the dumbest thing he ever heard. After the lecture, Levine talksto Malcolm to help him in finding this “Lost World.” Malcolm again dismisseshim. After a couple weeks of Levine nagging him, he sort of gets more into theidea, and starts to believe it. Levine Narrows it down to one island, IslaSorna, and just leaves without telling anyone.Two of Levine’s students, Kelly and Arby, get worried when he wasn’t there toteach their class, because they were supposed to go on a field trip with himthat day.
They go to a guy named Doctor Thorne, a guy that was makingspecialized equipment for their trip. He said that he didn’t know what wasgoing on. They contact Malcolm and they go to Levine’s apartment. They go tohis computer room and see all this stuff on the wall about site B. They go ontothe computer and Arby gets all this stuff about site B on it.
Malcolm thenfinds out that the island that Levine went to was Isla Sorna. They plan thiswhole 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 withthem. 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 aspecialized explorer, and two trailers, with a lot of equipment. On the waythere, Thorne gets a call from Arby saying good luck.
They get to the islandand search for Levine, with this device they have, the find him and go back tothe trailer. Before the go back, you find out that that Kelly and Arby hid in acompartment in the trailer. They find a computer and get into the system andfind 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 aboat going there. The People on the boat, Dodgson, King, and Baselton. Theyhave plans to go to the island and steal some eggs. Sarah doesn’t know this andgoes for the ride. On the way there, Dodgson pushes her off the boat.
Sheswims to a cave and gets on the island.Meanwhile, Levine, Thorne, and Eddie erect a high hide. This protects them fromthe dinosaurs. They had a close encounter with Parasaurs when a whole herd ofthem went past the high hide. They didn’t notice it though. Later on, Arbysees 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, theexpect the T-Rex to not be able to see as long as they don’t move.
Malcolm saysthat they are misinformed and in the chase, Baselton and King Die, and Dodgsongets away and is chased by these small dinosaurs into this shed, and he fallsasleep. During that chase, Levine and Eddie were at the nest, and Eddie saw ahurt baby T-Rex. Levine tells him to shoot it, but instead, Eddie brings itback to the trailer. Ian and Sarah try to heal it while everyone else goes backto the high hide. While they are mending it’s broken arm, the parents come backfor 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 beatingof the trailer.
They bring the baby a little bit into the woods, and they thencome back to beat the trailer again. They