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  1. mark monday mark monday says:

    i'm having a little trouble with myself right now. i just gave this one 4 stars and Inner-Snob Mark is getting very twitchy, almost trigger-happy, ready to take control of my favorite hand and bump this one down to 3 stars. never fear, i have a tight rein on Inner-Snob Mark and have carefully compartmentalized him away tonight. but he does have a few good points. my God, i gave the timeless classic The Last Unicorn 3 stars. i gave Room - which wrecked me emotionally and had me crying like someone died - the same 4 stars. and Congo gets only 1 star less than either Picnic at Hanging Rock or The Thin Red Line - two books that i think are perfect from beginning to end. eh, so fucken what. stars are stupid, right?

    okay, so that's the disclaimer. it will probably be longer than the actual review.

    i LOVED this book. it was one of those immersive experiences, one that i dived into and stayed deep. Crichton is not known for having an interesting writing style, but his prose is clean & straightforward & dry without being off-puttingly clinical. ack, Inner-Snob Mark just had a spasm when i used the words Crichton and prose in the same sentence. no complaints whatsoever about the quality of writing. Congo is not corny and it is not emotionally manipulative and there aren't stupid lines where i start breathing loudly in frustration. what it does have is a superbly brisk narrative that does not falter despite the very dense level of information surrounding it. and that's another great thing: the very well-done infodumps. i'm going to sound a little schoolboy-ish here... but i learned so much! about the Congo, of course. but this being Crichton, i also learned a lot about apes and technology and corporate philosophies and tons of other interesting shite. the author makes sure all of his research is on the page and yet it didn't feel didactic and it didn't take away from the plot - if anything, it drew me in further.

    oh yeah, and it had one more awesome thing. in my GR friend Bill's words: The big star in this story is Amy, a gorilla with a 620 sign vocabulary. After reading this, you will want a gorilla for a best friend. ah, Amy... i know we would be fast friends!

  2. Michael Fierce Michael Fierce says:


    First off, I've always gone bananas over books and movies that have giant apes & big gorillas in them, going way back to when I was a kid, particularly with movie classics like, King Kong and Mighty Joe Young, that were a blast for me and my brother to watch together.

    Reading books and watching movies about big apes helps me reconnect with those experiences I will always hold dear to me.

    I've been going ape over everything & anything simian fiction-related ever since.

    When I first saw the preview for the movie, Congo, it was a no-brainer that I would be seeing it as soon as it came out.

    Anyone who may have seen the original advertisements for the movie may remember that the 1st preview centered on character, Charles Travis, played by fan-favorite actor, Bruce Campbell. *Ever since I first saw Evil Dead, starring Bruce Campbell as Ash, I followed every single film he did. But, if you saw Congo, then you'll know that he was only in the film for about 5 minutes or less!


    I rushed out to see the 1st showing on the 1st day of the film release with my best friend, Doug, at the time.

    Before I read the book.


    I knew it was gonna have a Jurassic Park sorta cheeziness to it but I was looking forward to that and otherwise not really knowing what else to expect. The acting was a mixed bag of fine performances like Laura Linney and Dylan Walsh, along with some of the worst acting since the very dawn of time. Tim Curry, an actor I've loved since watching his iconic legendary performance as Dr. Frank-N-Furter in The Rocky Horror Picture Show many many times, was just God-awful! As Herkermer Homolka, his Russian accent defies logic as to why they would even keep the cameras rolling after his first line, Which, to me, sounded like he got his tongue stuck in his throat.


    Though, by this point, I wouldn't trade him in for the world though his is the worst accent I've ever heard! *Now that I think about it, the way over-the-top French accent by Julia Ormond in Mad Men is definitely up there for debate! ~ I'm guessing that the Mad Men producers must've got confused thinking she was French actress, Juliette Binoche, when they brought her on, since they look dead-on identical!:

    Back to Congo. As my buddy Doug and I watched the film we kept sinking lower and lower and lower into our seats until we were, seriously, nearly sitting on the floor. Throughout all the impossibilities that could only happen in an 80's movie, we burst out laughing in places where we weren't supposed to dozens of times! (much to the hatred of the rest of the audience, I'm sure). By the end of the movie, as we were walking out, I said in my best Amy voice - the pet gorilla who had the female equivalent of a Stephen Hawking-like computer voicebox - Bad movie, Amy, Bad movie. Yeah...we were little shi†s then just like most guys that age, I guess.


    Just so you know, I've watched the film a few times since and it gets better every time. It's a real hoot! and now I think I love it!

    But, back to the book.

    In case it surprises anybody, I don't think Michael Crichton wrote this one just so it would turn out to be a mega-million-buck movie.

    And though it's a tech-thriller, it's also a throwback to the pulp adventure-style books going on for over a century now. Most notably, King Solomon's Mines:
    The difference? It's been updated, everything moves faster, there's better equipment, and everybody's more sarcastic and cynical than ever before. No duh. Really!?

    I enjoyed this novel. I'm pretty sure everybody has an idea what it's about so why go into it.

    It was a good book.


    Since most of the covers, including the movie poster and dvd, have a GORILLA on it, you would expect there to be some damn gorillas IN IT.

    I kept asking:
    ...a common question I ask whenever I expect to see more of something, or, when there's an element sorely missing throughout what I'm reading!

    Here's one where you would want Michael Crichton to use his time machine from Timeline so he could fast forward to the future and take notes of the formula that worked so well in books he wrote later and were more successful. Jurassic Park had a great abundance of dinosaurs in it. Too bad he couldn't have used that same formula here!

    It is a well written, nicely plotted book, with good characters, a great premise, action-packed, and mostly a lot of fun.

    It was just missing one thing for me: MORE FREAKING GORILLAS!


    * This is one of those rare books that has many great artwork covered editions. I hope you pick a good one. Buying the bland books allows the publisher to think it's ok to skip the art department, leaving us with a world of mediocre book covers to choose from. So you know, many of the cheapest editions have some very nice covers.


  3. Rohit Enghakat Rohit Enghakat says:

    The book was interesting in the second half with the first half using lot of technical jargon which almost made me abandon it halfway. Once you overcome the first half, it becomes interesting and edgy. The author has described the African jungles so vividly that you visualise it right before your eyes. All about an organisation's quest to explore blue diamonds which sends a woman, Karen Ross accompanied by a primatologist, Peter Elliot who becomes the central character along with his pet gorilla, Amy. You feel for Amy when she converses with her handler Peter Elliot. The expedition is led by a mercenary turned expert jungle guide Munro. There are the unusual twists and turns given the jungle backdrop, the tribals and the gorillas. The whole technical stuff appear a bit outdated today since this was written way back in the 80s. Otherwise this is a good book to read.

    After reading Congo I will see monkeys and apes with a lot more respect. The gorilla is described to be far more docile creature than the chimpanzees, however fearsome they appear. Don't judge a book by the cover (pun intended). I was actually surprised by such tidbits in the book regarding primate behaviour. Enjoy the adventure !

  4. W W says:

    Michael Crichton called this book a continuation of the tradition of H.Rider Haggard's King Solomon's Mines. The book didn't impress me all that much.

    A field expedition dies mysteriously in minutes,in the darkest region of Congo.In San Francisco,an extraordinary gorilla,named Amy,with a 620 sign vocabulary,may hold the secret to that carnage.Thankfully,however,the gorilla does not speak English.

    Another expedition,is sent to investigate.After that comes the lost city of Zinj,fights with gorillas and an exploding volcano.These are the type of ingredients loved by Hollywood.

    The book was yet another commercial success for Crichton,and also became a major motion picture.I haven't seen it,nor do I intend to.Still remember how bored I was watching Jurassic Park,another film of a Crichton book.

    Yet another one of his books,which I struggled to finish,and which at times literally put me to sleep.

    1.5 stars,rounded up

  5. Janete Janete says:

    DNF. In this book, there are too many technical expressions and descriptive parts; and little emotion and action. This book sounds like an encyclopedia and not like a novel. I've even tried reading this book with the help of the audio, which usually gives me more desire to finish a book; but this book is so annoying, that though I read it while I was listening to the audio, it hadn't me motivated.

  6. Nick Nick says:

    What did I think?

    What did I think?!?

    This book has:

    -Talking monkeys
    -Sinister Japanese businessmen
    -Laser guns
    -The actual phrase laser gun
    -African revolutionaries
    -Hippo attacks
    -Blue diamonds
    -Wildly inaccurate predictions about the future of supercomputing
    -Speculation on the nature of language
    -Gorillas bred to kill
    -Milquetoast academics forced by circumstance into acts of badassery
    -Sky-diving gorillas
    -An ancient lost city called Zinj
    -A volcanic eruption

    and a flipping hot air balloon.

    So what do you think I think?

    It was really fun.

  7. Dennis Dennis says:

    German review here.

    A little over two decades ago this was my introduction to Michael Crichton. It‘s also the first novel that someone had ever gifted to me, if I remember correctly.

    So, thank you aunt Ilona. I became a fan of the author immediately.

    Reading this again in 2019, this time in it’s original language, it was once more a lot of fun. Even though much of it is very dated and in fact was already dated when I first read this back in 1995.

    In 1979 a Congo expedition gets attacked and killed in a matter of minutes. The video transmission from the geologists‘ camp that their sponsor studies back in Houston is disturbing. The camp is completely destroyed, there are dead bodies everywhere, their skulls crushed, and for a short moment there’s something moving in front of the camera. And it is not human.

    A second expedition is hastily prepared, because the company is in a race with a Japanese/German consortium to find the Lost City of Zinj, which they believe is buried somewhere in the dense tropical rainforest of the Congo. They are looking for a scarce type of diamond that’s of tremendous value as a semiconductor and is expected to push computing to another level. Billions of dollars are at stake.

    Primatologist Peter Elliot who works with Amy, a Gorilla that has learned sign language and has a vocabulary of 620 signs, is planning to go to the Congo as well. Recently Amy has told him of nightmares that she’s having and a couple of pictures that she‘s painted resemble a Portugeses print that is showing the Lost City of Zinj. But how can that be? The print is from 1642 and they’re not even sure the city it shows does really exist. Enter the aforementioned Congo expedition and the fact that the company is contacting Elliot for spoilery reasons, and off to the Congo they are. Taking Amy with them and trying to find the lost city, albeit for very different reasons.

    The main story is still an exciting thriller in an exotic setting, as the group of people is facing lots of different obstacles, from warlords and cannibals to wild animals, thunderstorms, volcanoes, raging rivers and the generally unforgiving nature of the rainforest.

    The technical parts of the book though, even though they are incorporated reasonably well, take up too much room. Epecially from today’s perspective, as they have not aged very well. Which is to be expected, since the book is almost 40 years old by now and the computer industry has advanced so much that what was once intended to be science-fiction is now almost kinda cute in how backward it all is.

    If you are able to look past this fact, there are still enough interesting things to learn from the several infodumps. Especially the parts concerned with the early exploration of the African continent and the ones about animal research I found quite interesting. And from a historical standpoint the computing part might be interesting for some as well, even though it wasn’t for me.

    What makes this a four star read still, for me personally, is the great setting, the thrilling adventure and the lovable Amy. The adorable mountain gorilla is by far the best character in this book and I completely fell in love with her and would adopt her without hesitation.

    I can still see why this book made me a fan of Michael Crichton all those years ago.

  8. Ryan Ryan says:

    Michael Crichton's work should be considered the epitome of geek literature (AKA science fiction, genre fiction, or speculative fiction), but was somehow embraced by the mainstream -- so much so that even if the academic crowd doesn't take him very seriously, Crichton still addressed Congress. Genre fiction is such a dismissive term, so Crichton was given his own genre: it's not geek; it's a techno thriller.

    Congo, published in 1980, has all of Crichton's geekiest motifs, including a heroine whose tragic flaw is revealed on -- get this -- a computer printout. It's a pretty obvious way of characterizing one's hero, but it works. And give him credit, unlike in The Andromeda Strain, Crichton actually has characters with personalities and internal conflicts in Congo. Clearly, this is an author on the rise.

    Congo works in the same way that Sphere (1987) and Jurassic Park (1990) -- my favorite Crichton titles -- work. A team of scientists is sent on a dangerous mission that will require technical expertise, ingenuity, and a conflict between ambition and responsibility. I love that Crichton takes the ideal neutrality and benefits of science and juxtaposes them with the realities of funding, application, and career ambition. These three works also serve to map out what I believe is Crichton approaching and reaching the peak of his writing. My only wish is that I would have read Congo first, rather than third.

    Congo was not only published first in this thematic and structural trilogy, but it is clear that Crichton was consciously improving his writing in each of these novels. In Congo, he establishes the pattern by opening with a cool setting and a cool premise: jungle ruins and highly trained attack gorillas. Not bad.

    But he can do better.

    Sphere features the ocean floor and an alien technology that tests humanity's character. The characters are also more complex and engaging in Sphere, and I especially enjoyed Crichton's decision to make psychologist Norman Johnson the hero. Sphere is great, so everyone must have quite naturally expected that Crichton would begin the 1990s with his authorial decline.

    But then:

    In Jurassic Park, dinosaurs are brought back to life through cloning technology on a privately owned tropical island. Unbelievable! And let's not forget about Alan Grant and Ian Malcolm, arguably Crichton's most memorable academics, battling dinosaurs (don't gorillas just seem so small potatoes in comparison?) with nothing but their wits.

    So, for me, Congo is a very good work, but not a great one. However, perhaps this is only if we measure Crichton against himself.

    And it does not change the fact that Congo, Sphere, and Jurassic Park should be considered a required trilogy for all geeks -- sorry -- I meant required reading for all 'techno thriller enthusiasts.'

  9. Vimal Thiagarajan Vimal Thiagarajan says:

    A seriously good techno-thriller which had me wondering for the most part. Of course, it being written in the eighties not all of the technology that Crichton uses to construct the story are still relevant, but their canny placement in the narrative to resolve tangles or deliver surprise twists was simply too neat. The characters where typical thriller material - not sufficiently developed, but not boring either. Amy the talking Gorilla simply stood out, and I learned a good deal about the tropical rain forests of the Congo.

    My only gripes with the book were to do with a few logical loopholes - (view spoiler)[the logistics devised for landing the second team in Congo without anyone noticing wasn't convincing, Elliot's reason to take Amy to the Congo wasn't sound enough, the Gorilla trance during the final attack on listening to the recording was simply laughable (hide spoiler)]

  10. Karl Marberger Karl Marberger says:

    Crichton loved to go into intricate, technical detail with all of the little scientific specifics in his writing. Often they’re informative and interesting. But in a novel, this only lasts so long before it actually gets a wee bit repetitive and even annoying.

    One example in this book; at one point, you’ll spend 3 pages reading about the biology, habitat, and behavior of hippos in order to build up to a 1/2 page confrontation with a bull hippo.

    Often, Crichton spends to much time on these lectures and not enough on his plot and characters. In this book, you learn a lot about gorillas, animal husbandry, African ecosystems and electrical engineering, but this is all at the expense of plot build, character development, and good dialogue; of which there is none. Completely lacking in all of the elements of a fun read.

    It did not hold my interest very well at all. For a 316 page book, it took me way to long to read. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for learning something when reading a book, but I need to be captivated first.

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  • 192 pages
  • Congo
  • Michael Crichton
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  • 15 October 2017