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Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton(January 1, 1990) Hardcover Hardcover – 1990
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A a classic novel from Michael Crichton that was made into a major motion picture.
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The book was infinitely better than the movie and I'm surprised at how much they changed page to screen. Both are entertaining in their own right. I have to wonder why Hollywood felt the need to make the changed they did for the movie?
This was a great, well paced, at times harrowing, jaunt onto a little island off the coast of Costa Rica where you were never sure when the next dino was going to show up.
Looking forward to reading The Lost World.
As far as the story goes, it's very different than the movie. While many of the characters are here from the movie, the majority of them are different in dramatic ways. Hammond, the grandfatherly old man from the movie, is more cynical, delusional, and money driven in the book. Grant doesn't hate kids. The kids ages are reversed. It hugely expands on Ian Malcolm's ("Life uh uh... Finds a way.") thought processes and shows how he really is Hammond's foil.
These changes serve to make the book a more realistic story. That may sound strange given the backdrop of artificially engineered dinosaurs, but the motivations behind the characters seem more convincing in this portrayal than they did in the movie. The story is less focused on major cinematic encounters and more focused on the overall danger associated with the park.
While there are fewer big bang moments than in the movie, the overall story is more cohesive, with motivations becoming more fleshed out and characters becoming more understandable.
It started off kind of slow, but once they got to the park and things started moving along I couldn't get put the book down.
My only qualm with the book (and most fans have said the same) is that in the book Ian Malcolm actually dies from his injuries towards the end. HOWEVER because Spielberg wanted to do The Lost World and wanted Crichton to write it as a basis for the film, Malcolm was ultimately (and unrealistically) brought back from the dead. Now don't get me wrong, I LOVE Malcolm, and was relieved to see him alive in the continuation, however the circumstances are confusing. Also, you'll notice a slight attitude change between both Malcolms. Movie Malcolm is incredibly intelligent but lovably comical, whereas book Malcolm is also intelligent but a bit more arrogant and snappy. It is my intention to return and do a fuller and more descriptive review. But until then I basically want to convey this: despite all the technical mumbo jumbo, when it comes down to it, this book is TRULY the embodiment of the Jurassic Park that most of us fans (who had only seen the film) love. It is a great read - realistic, down to earth, and suspenseful. It keeps you turning the pages, wondering who is going to survive and who will not. You will not be disappointed. As an avid JP fan, I know I wasn't.