Adventures of a Young Naturalist: SIR DAVID ATTENBOROUGH'S ZOO QUEST EXPEDITIONS Kindle Edition
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"Everyone who enjoys wildlife programming on television owes a debt of gratitude to David Attenborough. Attenborough--zoologist by training, TV man by profession--pioneered the concept over sixty years . . . He went out in the field, lived in the jungle for weeks at a time, and wrestled everything from caimans to boa constrictors . . . His new memoir, Adventures of a Young Naturalist, collects accounts of three of his first trips into the wilderness, stories that amaze and fascinate."
―Curt Schleier, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"A rare glimpse of a fledgling David Attenborough in the wild."
―Sloane Crosley, Vanity Fair
"A marvelous book, an invaluable record of David Attenborough's first three journeys . . . What makes this elegant book so unputdownable is that Attenborough makes the viewer feel inside the picture, part of his team . . . On the page, as on the screen, he shares, shows, explains. His style is disarmingly self-deprecating, utterly engaging."―Telegraph
"An elegant and gently funny writer."―The Times
"One of the last of the pith-helmeted, noble British adventurers, he tells a host of wondrous tales set in the last years of the crumbling British Empire and he tells them beautifully . . . His writing is as impressive and as enjoyable as his TV programs and there can be no higher praise."―Daily Express
Praise for David Attenborough
"When I was a young boy, I used to love turning on the television and watching [Attenborough's] programs and really feeling like I was either back out in Africa or I was learning about something magical and almost out of this planet."―Prince William, Duke of Cambridge
"[Attenborough] is a wizard of television, and, like Gandalf or Dumbledore, he has a near-magical gift for combining warmth and gravitas."―Louis Theroux, award-winning BBC documentary filmmaker --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
- File Size : 4414 KB
- Print Length : 414 pages
- Publication Date : September 21, 2017
- Word Wise : Enabled
- ASIN : B06XRHGJS2
- Publisher : Two Roads; 7th Edition (September 21, 2017)
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #481,660 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Top reviews from the United States
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For decades, Attenborough has played an outsized role in the very conception we citizens of earth have of our planet's fauna and flora. The very idea of sending camera crews and naturalists to the four corners of the world to witness the miracles of nature in situ originates with Attenborough and his earliest work with the BBC in the 1950s. Before then, as this wonderful book makes clear, TV nature shows consisted of a bunch of scientists in white lab coats, pinning poor animals down on stainless steel display tables and poking them to see what they would do. It seems like a no-brainer now to send cameras into the wild, but it took the convergence of technological developments (smaller cameras, mainly) and the humane sensibilities of the Zoo Quest team in mid-twentieth century for this revolutionary development to occur. And though the mission of the team was in fact to retrieve animals for the London Zoo, the legacy of those early forays is a commitment to leaving animals alone in their habitats so they can get along with their quotidian pursuits—and a sense that we human beings are privileged to be able to witness this at all. And more: that we humans have an obligation to fight the degradation of the planet and the miraculous variety of life it supports.
So, this book: it's funny, self-deprecating, full of wonder, and downright thrilling in its descriptions of the team's (often bumbling) efforts to find, document, and in some cases capture the animals they were sent to retrieve. It is a terrific book, full of adventure. And if you have ever read and enjoyed James Herriot's lovely books about being a large-animal vet or the zoologist Gerald Durrell's hilarious accounts of his life, then you will be thrilled and have your soul lifted by ADVENTURES OF A YOUNG NATURALIST. Here's hoping that Gaia's gift to humankind, David Attenborough, carries on doing his thing forever and ever!
Top reviews from other countries
If you love nature programs and are a fan of Sir David Attenborough, his unmistakeable style and strength in the subject matter, or know someone who is, you can’t go wrong purchasing this book irrespective of the current price.
One hardback book containing three of his Zoo Quest books - journeys through Guyana, Indonesia and Paraguay.
Flicking through, this hardback book contains within many colour pictures and the wonderful wit of a fresh faced Sir David.
I have included pictures of the contents so that you can see how diverse the subjects covered are, but they do include sloths in Guyana, the Indonesian Komodo dragon and the Paraguayan armadillo.
Enjoy. I am.
It's narrative is so well written, that I felt drawn into the adventures, I could feel the heat, sense the rain and hear the mosquitoes buzzing, and you will too!
You will not be disappointed in the slightest in purchasing this book, I already have the second book of Sir David's Zoo Quest adventures ready to read, I suggest you start with this one first then buy the next one.
This country is proud to have such an amazing naturalist, his inspiration and enthusiasm has no age barrier.