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Last Chance to See Paperback – October 13, 1992
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YA-- The BBC asked this team to film some of the most endangered animal species throughout the world. Adams has recorded their adventures seeking the komodo dragon, northern white rhinoceros, mountain gorilla, kakapo, baiji dolphin, and the rodrigues fruit bat. There is biological information here, but it is inaccessible for report writers due to the lack of an index and the wordy descriptions. However, these same accurate portrayals and Adams's entertaining style will expose students to the worlds of these animals. He moves rapidly from informal, laugh-out-loud descriptions of his travels to serious pleas for awareness and conservation of all animals. The full-color photographs are in two separate sections and help readers to visualize the unusual animals (including the authors).
- Claudia Moore, W. T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.
“Lively, sharply satirical, brilliantly written . . . shows how human care can undo what human carelessness has wrought.”—The Atlantic
“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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That could make for an interesting book, but it's Douglas Adams' unique perspective on the situations they encounter, combined with his brilliant, insightful, and frequently hilarious narratives that make this book special. He just saw things in a way that is very different from the way most of us do - and he conveys that perspective brilliantly and interestingly.
If you're a fan of the "Hitchhiker's Guide" series, you'll recognize the Douglas Adams style and humor in his writing, but you don't have to be a fan to enjoy this book.
This book has been among my top 5 from the first time I read it. It was out of print for a while, and I was glad to see that it was available again (in paperback this time). I bought this copy to lend to a friend and just to keep as a "loaner", as I've lost several copies over the years, and I didn't want to lose my last one.
This book is a striking example: the material and what it covers - extinction - is of an extremely serious nature, yet the reader can't help but chuckle at some of the ways in which it is presented.
The book has aged fairly well, although unfortunately a couple of the subjects of the book have since shuffled off this planet forever - lending the book a little more poignancy.
My pick for chapters would be 'Heartbeats in the Night,' about New Zealand's kākāpō, the flightless night parrot. The descriptions of New Zealand's Fiordland district, and some of its (human) characters, are sublime.
There are a handful of OCR errors in this edition, but they do not overly detract from the book itself.
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Other chapters not so good.