The Lost World: Summary
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