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  • File Size: 4228 KB
  • Print Length: 452 pages
  • Publication Date: March 11, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004RVNGR2
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Pearson Moore is well-studied and has a lot of interesting things to say about Lost that goes well-beyond the usual episode recap nonsense that you encounter online. He accepts the series as a text worthy of analysis and speculation and, as such, is well worth reading. I have my own issues with some of his conclusions, most notably that his ideas about Lost rest largely on the triumph of faith, with the assumption that the character of John Locke was right as the center of his presentation. I think that simplifies both the theme and conclusions of the show, as well as the character of John Locke, who may have understood that the Island was special, but couldn't tell you why anymore than the Dharma Initiative. Locke's only real purpose turns out to be as a martyr to inspire action on the part of others through his real fate as a pawn game piece that seems to have been manipulated by all the players involved. That's hardly the sort of character I would want to tag as the centerpiece of any of my theories. In fact, though Pearson excoriates scientists in the show, through the representation of Daniel Faraday, scientists come off rather well - through observation, he could at least tell you particulars and theorize about the specialness of the Island. And his calculations were apparently born out through circumstances encountered on the Island. In this way, he knew more than Locke ever did and really cuts in half the idea of Locke as a figure of noble faith. I prefer to read Locke as a tragic character, whose need was so entrenched in his actions that they ultimately undid him. A very sad case and more powerful because of the tragedy that followed him.

A thought-provoking book that approaches Lost as a place for interpretation - that I disagree with Moore about John Locke only speaks to the power of the show and Moore's efforts to address it in intellectually satisfying terms.
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I have to wonder if this author even paid attention while watching “Lost.” He totally misunderstands the concept of “the constant” and thinks it means “soulmate,” as in a romantic attachment, or love interest. How would he explain Daniel Faraday finding a note he had written for himself back in 1996: "If anything goes wrong, Desmond Hume will be my constant.” When we know Desmond Hume loved Penny, and Daniel Faraday loved Charlotte. “The Constant” is about finding an anchor to help with experiencing the unexpected side effects of consciousness traveling through time. The author misses that completely!

The author later makes the case for trust and faith, which result from knowing a person. Then he creates a fake scene, not in Lost, in which Jack, after years of knowing the two men, doesn’t know which to trust not to lie, Hurley or Benjamin. Come on. Anyone who has watched the show knows Hurley hates lying, and doesn’t lie except once when he’s forced to do so, when they leave the island, and he does it to protect those left behind. Instead the author uses an old trite logic puzzle to show his “intelligent reasoning ability,” while missing the entire theme of having faith in a person’s character.

I believe the author of this book is carrying a lot of baggage from somewhere else, because he is analyzing his own baggage, and not the TV show “Lost.” Wish I hadn’t wasted my money on this book.
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I stumbled upon Moore's gem of a book while doing research for writing a book of my own about Lost. Moore has done a superb and excellent job exploring the mythology and themes in Lost. He goes even further into each character in his excellent follow up, LOST Identity: The Characters of LOST. But here in this book he is magnificent in exploring the various themes in Lost. Other reviewers touch upon some more specifics, so I'll just say my one critique of the book and then some overall praise.

The one thing I didn't care for was the introduction/prologue of a fictional conversation between him and some of the characters post-TV series. It was a little too cute, but let him have his fun and then get to the good stuff. He also has a lengthy dialogue between two philosophers that I also didn't care for. So while the dialogue he writes leaves much to be desired, 95% of the book is expose and prose that is extremely illuminating and entertaining.

Well done, Mr. Moore. I haven't come across another book that weaves together so many different themes in Lost, exploring each one deeply, and doing so in such a refreshing way (and trust me - I've read almost all there is, both online and in print, about Lost!). The book is thoroughly researched without getting bogged down in the details, and yet doesn't stray far away from the source material. It also isn't terribly long or short, but just right in its treatment of so much. Frankly, I wanted more, but then maybe I'll have to write my own book on Lost...

Finally, the pricing for the Kindle edition of both books is a gift in and of itself. This is Moore's labor of love, his gift to offer us, and you will be greatly satisfied in reading his beautiful work.
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'Lost Humanity' is the most beautifully enlightening analysis of the Lost mythos i've ever read. I guess it only shows how a powerfully brilliant and complex saga it is that, even though the series ended almost a year ago, the story continues to develop in our hearts and in our minds. No matter the way you feel about the series as a whole, this book will surely enrich you with a completely new perspective on the events of the Island. We'll never see anything like this; we'll never witness such an incredible tale unfold before our eyes the way Lost did. I'm planning on rewatching the whole series again this summer. And now, reading this book (in a most definitely "non-linear" fashion, which i'm sure the author wouldn't mind!), i'll go back to the Island with a fresh spirit. Reading 'Lost Humanity' makes me feel excited, amazed and overwhelmed all over again with the Island and the characters. We are in Moore's debt. Can't wait for 'Lost Identity'!
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