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Last Chance to See Paperback – Illustrated, October 13, 1992
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“These authors don’t hesitate to present the alarming facts: More than 1,000 species of animals (and plants) become extinct every year. . . . Perhaps Adams and Carwardine, with their witty science, will help prevent such misadventures in the future.”—Boston Sunday Herald
“Very funny and moving . . . The glimpses of rare fauna seem to have enlarged [Adams’s] thinking, enlivened his world; and so might the animals do for us all, if we were to help them live.”—The Washington Post Book World
“[Adams] invites us to enter into a conspiracy of laughter and caring.”—Los Angeles Times
“Amusing . . . thought-provoking . . . Its details on the heroic efforts being made to save these animals are inspirational.”—The New York Times Book Review
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THE WASHINGTON POST BOOK WORLD
Join bestselling author Douglas Adams and zooligist Mark Carwardine as they take off around the world in search of exotic, endangered creatures. Hilarious and poignant--as only Douglas Adams can be--LAST CHANCE TO SEE is an entertaining and arresting odyssey through the Earth's magnificent wildlife galaxy.
- Item Weight : 7.2 ounces
- Paperback : 240 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-0345371980
- Dimensions : 5.12 x 0.53 x 8.02 inches
- ISBN-10 : 0345371984
- Publisher : Ballantine Books; Illustrated edition (October 13, 1992)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #59,808 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Although Douglas Adams is most famous for humorous fiction writing, for some reason his novels, like "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy," never grabbed me. Perhaps I just wasn't in the mood at the time--I will certainly try again. But when it comes to travel-oriented nonfiction, Adams is absolutely the best. I especially recommend "Last Chance to See" for people who enjoy reading Bill Bryson, but wish that Bryson had bigger adventures that were more wildlife-oriented.
What a shame that Douglas Adams died at such a young age. Fortunately books live forever. "Last Chance to See" is an ongoing wake-up call about the serious, irreparable damage humans are doing to Planet Earth, told in a way that will bring you to tears--both tears of sadness and tears of laughter.
I don't know how this book escaped my reading list all these years, but I'm glad I found it now!
Marty Essen, author of Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents
and "Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico" (to be published in January 2016).
Mr. Adams spoke first and read from the Hitchhiker's Guide series which the college (and older) audience liked. As the transition was made to Mr. Bradbury it appeared that Mr. Adams was perhaps a bit awestruck of his co-host. It was quickly evident why. The star of the evening was Ray Bradbury who described his life experience as a writer. He talked about writing on rented typewriters in the public library basement, the early days of scifi publications and years later when some of his writings became televised or as films. A fascinating review of his writing and the history of the growth of science fiction.
Sadly Mr. Adams died in 2001 (age 49). Mr. Bradbury died in 2012 (age 91). Thankfully their works live on.
Highly recommend to anyone with a heart for animals or for dry British wit.
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You can also get to see Douglas himself talking about some of the episodes mentioned in the book in an old TED lecture that you can view online.
Instead we are presented with an entertaining travelogue, as a science fiction comedy author and a scientist attempt to travel the world to see a number of species on the brink.
In many ways they are an ideal combination - Douglas presents their experiences in his own, entertaining writing style, dealing not just with the animals themselves, but the trials and tribulations of getting to see them, and the people they meet along the way. Mark Carwardine is obviously passionate about animals and fills in the blanks of some of the knowledge that Douglas does not possess.
Reading it gives you a bit of the feeling of when you go travelling yourself, but most of us probably wouldn't get to go and see the rare and exotic species this species manage to.
I saw the recent series in which Mark Carwardine and Stephen Fry went back to revisit the animals, so I know that some of them have sadly become extinct now. The only extra thing I would have liked to see would be an update on which ones have succeeded, but failing that I would recommend the reader to watch the Stephen Fry series next and find out for themselves.