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Last Chance to See Paperback – October 13, 1992
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- Claudia Moore, W. T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
— The Times
“This is life or death stuff, but Adams is a writer who chooses not to shake his finger at the reader.”
— Los Angeles Times
“Who would have thought that a book in the field of “ecology/nature”…could be as lively, sharply satirical, brilliantly written and even funny as this one is?…ranks with the best set pieces in Mark Twain.”
— Atlantic Monthly --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Adams is joined by zoologist Mark Carwardine, as they use their last chance to see a variety of animals on the brink of extinction, such as the Komodo Dragon, the White Rhinos of Zaire, New Zealand kakapos, and Yangtze river dolphins. Adams, amateur wildlife lover, is wise enough to know the purpose of his journey: to shine some of the glare from his celebrity as a "science-fiction comedy novelist" on the issue of global extinction. He does wisely not to downplay the plight of these animals in the favour of commerciality, but manages to produce an entertaining work nonetheless. Carwardine, and the other people we encounter, sometimes come off as little more than characters in a Douglas Adams novel. I am hesitant to believe that everyone he encounters has the same dry, deadpanned British sense of humour. Nonetheless, the characters' eccentricities further shed light on the kinds of people who are willing to undertake the monumental task of saving these beautiful beasts. It is not work for the dispassionate.
"The great thing about being the only species that makes a distinction between right and wrong," he notes at one point, "is that we can make up the rules for ourselves as we go along." Which brings up the second theme he hopes to illustrate here. Humans are dumb. No, that's too simple. Humans are egotistical, selfish, wasteful, materialistic, impudent, and dumb.Read more ›
His addictive writing style made this book impossible to put down. His accounts of the Komodo Dragon and the Kakapo bird are two of the most humorous, yet informative pieces that I have had the pleasure of reading.
I was fortunate enough to hear Adams speak at a local university a few years ago. The crowd was decidedly Hitchhiker fanatics but by the end of the evening, he had us all running to the bookstore to find Last Chance to See.
Read this book. You'll laugh. And you might even learn something, too.
In LAST CHANCE TO SEE, Adams does for the non-fiction natural world what he did for science fiction: he tells an entertaining story that brings each character to vivid life for a reader. The fact that his characters this time 'round are not space aliens and a beleaguered human being, but rather the most endangered of the endangered animals on the planet makes no difference. The aye-aye, kakapo, mountain gorilla, Chinese river dolphin, Komodo dragon, and even the Rodriguez fruit bat ("...there are hundreds of them!") live on vividly in my memory, despite the fact that I have only seen the dragon and the bat in person.
The lessons to be learned in this book are most profoundly related in Cawardine's parable at the end: by losing these animals, and others like them, we are losing integral parts of the universe, important pieces to the puzzle of life. Once they are lost, there is no regaining them, and the world can never the same.
I would recommend this book to any nature lover (but don't ask to borrow my copy, I'm not losing another one!). I howled with laughter and retained the deeper meaning -- and from reading the other reviews, I can see others did the same.
LAST CHANCE TO SEE tops the list of my recommended, life-changing books. I believe nothing will ever knock it off the top. Read it!
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I do not write reviews . will say this, great in every way.
Definitely a great read. I love Douglas Adams' writing style and humor. But, in-between the laughs was some great information about how some treat our fellow creatures.Published 3 months ago by Wendy's Mom
I love this book. The whole bit where Adams talks with Struan Sutherland is one of my favorite bits of writing, ever. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Allen Cowan
Terrible. This book was so annoying and irritating that no one in my bookclub could read it, now there is bookclub no more!Published 4 months ago by b1ue_bird
In my opinion Douglas's best and most important book. Must read.Published 5 months ago by Jan Schormann
I normally wouldn't review a twenty-five-year-old book, but since "Last Chance to See" is just as relevant today as it was in 1990, some words are warranted. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Marty Essen
This is an amazing book. Of course it is funny; it was written by Douglas Adams. But it also makes you think, and makes you empathize with the animals discussed. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Doug or Kaz