The Last Wild Island: Saving Tetepare Paperback – May 1, 2011
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- Publisher : Page Digital Publishing Group (May 1, 2011)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 272 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0980760038
- ISBN-13 : 978-0980760033
- Item Weight : 11.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.62 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,787,699 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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My only complaint was with what felt like a slightly unsatisfying ending, although this probably has more to do with the reality of saving a wild island rich in timber resources in the Pacific than it does with Read's writing. Five stars, and an inspirational read.
Read's account of their exploits to save Tetepare and rare wildlife reads like fiction, but it's not- you just can't make this stuff up! More than simple field notes, and far better entertainment than a coffee table picture book, Read eloquently weaves his tales of adventure and misadventure with serious scientific elements to create a book I couldn't put down.
The author holds nothing back- frustrations with local customs and "big men" who seemingly can turn environmental efforts around at will, naming names, and elation with "step-forward" achievements with each successive visit.
As an environmentalist, the author shares his joys with his first sightings of the rare Giant Prehensile Tailed Skink and nesting Leatherback turles, while always on the lookout for the deadly salt water crocs.
Visitors to western Solomon Islands will identify with the locations of the author's exploits and the curious antics of people you may know. I found myself laughing at times, having experienced the same interactions with the same people!
Those who plan to visit Melanesia will find this volume to be indespensible for the insights offered (e.g., GPS that won't work under rainforest canopy and inter-island flights that might or might not arrive today.) For this reason alone the book can save a great amount of frustration and expense!
I wholeheartedly reccommend this book to all who have experienced the joys and annoyances of Melanesia; environmentalists facing tasks that appear to big; and those who love to read real accounts of modern-day explorers.