As I explained in my review of that book, Crichton is not a stylist; his prose is very rudimentary, but he is capable of telling a gripping story. Worse, it is broken up in parts with long boring expostulations on evolution and chaos theory which completely bring the action to a screeching, grinding halt.
Showing of 78 next show all Original Review, Here is how Michael Crichton describes Amy, the principal love object in "Congo": She has a vocabulary of words, which is remarkably good for a gorilla.
Karen Ross, the other female in "Congo," is almost six feet tall, attractive but ungainly. She is a mathematical prodigy, brilliant but insensitive, determined to succeed at any cost.
Her feminine wiles have been confined to technology. Peter Elliot, a young professor working in the field of primate communication, has taught Amy to talk - not in words, but sign language.
His whole life is dominated by Amy. By the time you have read this far in "Congo," you will be wondering how Peter and Karen are going to be brought together, and how this will affect Amy. Crichton is the Alvin Toffler of suspense fiction, and "Congo" might be described as a romance of technology.
Computers and all kinds of electronic equipment are pitted against the primeval, in the form of gorillas, the rain forest of the Congo, and a volcano. Crichton is also virtuoso of research.
He can describe the look and feel of a rain forest as well as the latest safari gadgetry. Bean catalog of the next century. Readers of suspense novels seem to be willing to absorb any amount of information in the process of being entertained, and Crichton has quite a lot to say about theories of communication, about the information industry and technology, about computers, the warfare of the future, and other such arcane subjects.
He also describes a typical Pygmy meal, the current status of cannibalism in Africa, shooting rabbits in a rubber raft and fighting off a murderous attack by hippos. At one point, Amy saves Peter from a male gorilla by treating him as her infant.
We've come a long way from Tarzan. It would not be fair to tell you who wins the battle of the sexes. It is enough to say that both Amy and Karen are formidable females.
For these and all the usual reasons, "Congo" is very amusing reading, even if, in its originality, Crichton denies us some of the vulgar gratifications of the genre.
The only part that was missing was Agent Pendergast.
The book presents the reader with a strange mystery happening in the Congo, and we quickly find ourselves diving into something more mysterious and unexplainable than we realized.
I really enjoyed it.
I enjoyed most it, but the ending felt like a huge let down. Overall, I liked it but was disappointed.Like his role model, H.G.
Wells, Crichton likes to moralize in his novels. In this slight, enjoyable thriller, the moral is the superficiality of TV, especially of its simplistic news coverage. Jun 24, · CONGO is a perfectly fine book, not in Crichton’s top tier novels, but well worth the time to read, especially if you enjoy lost city stories like I do.
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Compare book prices from over , booksellers. Find Congo () by Michael Crichton. The Andromeda Strain, The Terminal Man, Congo, Jurassic Park, The Lost World, and, of course, I had heard of his work on Coma, Westworld, and Rising Sun (a movie I had watched with my family).
Still, I wasn’t sure.
Thank you for taking time to read and consider my book review of Prey, by Michael Crichton. Congo is a science fiction novel by Michael Crichton. The novel centers on an expedition searching for diamonds and investigating the mysterious deaths of a previous expedition in the dense rain forest of Congo.
In Jurassic Park, Michael Crichton taps all his mesmerizing talent and scientific brilliance to create his most electrifying technothriller.
—The New York Times Book Review #1 Sphere, and Congo, this is the classic thriller of science run amok that took the world by storm.