Saturday, September 19, 2009

The Most Dangerous Game

by Richard Connell


First Paragraph: "Off to the right - somewhere - is a large island," said Whitney. "It's rather a mystery -" "What island is it?" Rainsford asked.

Review: It was also published as The Hounds of Zaroff. This is a short story - 48 pages. I think it took me around a half hour to read it.

Rainsford and his hunting friend Whitney are heading through the Caribbean on their way to their next hunting opportunity. Due to some misfortune Rainsford falls overboard and no one hears his cries for help. He makes his way to an island where he encounters a very strange man with even stranger ideas.

This wasn't my favorite story ever and yet, at the same time, it was kind of intriguing - the idea of it all. If you have a few minutes you might as well pick this up and read it. If you don't ever get around to it, you won't be any worse off.

On a side note, this short story has been adapted to film several times, but according to others, the most successful was the 1932 version. I can see why it would be a popular story to make into a film. Easy to adapt. Everything in the book is possible and it would make an interesting movie.

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