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Douglas Adams at his best
on March 3, 2014
"Last Chance to See" is a very different path, topically, for Douglas Adams. It's a true account of his travels, with friend Mark Carwardine, in an attempt to find some of the species that were (at the time) nearly extinct.
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.