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Last Chance to See By Douglas Adams Mark Carwardine Last Chance to See Very funny and movingThe glimpses of rare fauna seem to have enlarged Adams thinking enlivened his world and so might the animals do for us all if we were to help them live THE WASHINGTON POST BOOK

  • Title: Last Chance to See
  • Author: Douglas Adams Mark Carwardine
  • ISBN: 9780345371980
  • Page: 445
  • Format: Paperback
  • Last Chance to See By Douglas Adams Mark Carwardine Very funny and movingThe glimpses of rare fauna seem to have enlarged Adams thinking, enlivened his world and so might the animals do for us all, if we were to help them live THE WASHINGTON POST BOOK WORLDJoin bestselling author Douglas Adams and zooligist Mark Carwardine as they take off around the world in search of exotic, endangered creatures Hilarious and po Very funny and movingThe glimpses of rare fauna seem to have enlarged Adams thinking, enlivened his world and so might the animals do for us all, if we were to help them live THE WASHINGTON POST BOOK WORLDJoin 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.
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    1. Brittany on said:

      I love Douglas Adams s science fiction Just look at my bookshelves So it s as a firm fan that I say Douglas Adams was wasted wasted on science fiction.The man is obviously a science writer.His science fiction was always good Clearly But none of it sings like Last Chance to See This book is a passionate, loving, critical look at the human species and the influence we ve had on our planet mates It chronicles the decline, and impending loss, of some wonderful, charismatic vertebrates It takes us to [...]

    2. David on said:

      This book is a travelogue, about a writer and a zoologist who went around the globe in search of exotic animals that are seriously endangered, almost extinct Douglas Adams is the writer, and author of the hilarious science fiction comedy series, The Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy In this book, he again adds humorous touches, but not nearly as far fetched.Douglas Adams and Mark Carwardine travel around the world in order to get a story for the BBC Just as much about the animals, it is also abou [...]

    3. Veeral on said:

      Douglas Adams went around the globe along with zoologist Mark Carwardine in search of various species of animals and birds which were on the verge of extinction in 1985 when this book was written My interest was piqued on the thought that if these species were considered endangered in 1985, what would be their current status as of 2012 Well I did some research I mean I Googled it But not in an amateurish way, I tried hard enough until I got bored, i.e after 15 minutes And one thing that I cannot [...]

    4. Riku Sayuj on said:

      Brilliant book So funny, yet so deeply saddening this is among the most evocative and life changing books that I have read This title still haunts me and informs a lot of my concerns about the environment and human inaction.

    5. J.G. Keely on said:

      Adams was an amazingly humorous fellow, but it can be easy to forget that the source of his humor is always surreal profundity It s as if he sees a completely different world than the rest of us, but one which looks precisely the same In this book out of print when I found an editor s proof copy Adams takes that hilariously disparate view and directs it like a spastic and noodly laser at the mis management of our natural world There is a reason that Richard Dawkins recalls Adams so fondly as a c [...]

    6. Kwesi 章英狮 on said:

      I m not a zoology student but I have a 3 unit subject and we were required to visit either Manila Zoo or the National Museum of the Philippines animal research section, it was a part of our annual field trip without the teacher in charge Because I m new here in Manila last year my classmates decided to go both the zoo and the museum In spite of the fact that the weather was hot, we were forced to go outside and take pictures for our journal because it was the last day of submission.Our first sto [...]

    7. Clouds on said:

      One of those special books that, when you finish, you immediately want to find someone who hasn t read it, and press it into there hands, murmuring insistently, you have to read this I m a big Douglas Adams fan The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy is one of my all time favourite series, and the Dirk Gently mysteries aren t far behind When I set up my Pantheon list of literary gods, Douglas Adams came straight in at Number 2 behind Terry Pratchett and Last Chance to See was the one, key book that [...]

    8. Girish on said:

      It is certainly the reason why so many people have devoted their lives to protecting the likes of rhinos, parakeets, kakapos and dolphins It is simply this The world would be a poorer, darker, lonelier place without them And so ends this brilliant travelogue documentary of sorts that is uplifting, moving and hilarious as only Douglas Adams can Why wasn t Douglas Adams writing for National Geography Developed as a radio show on BBC, the writing provides an account of the travels of the author wit [...]

    9. Santhosh on said:

      We have not inherited the Earth from our ancestors, but have borrowed it from our children AnonymousEvolution is an ongoing process, and each species simply evolves in different ways to meet the requirements of its ecological niche, extremely specialized to that ecology and lifestyle There is generally enough time, in the case of a natural change to its ecology, for the species to try to adapt and evolve further To try to survive Extinction is nothing new to Earth and 99.99% of all species that [...]

    10. Lena on said:

      Mark Carwardine was a zoologist working for the World Wildlife Fund when he was hired by a magazine to take Douglas Adams to see the world s rarest nocturnal lemur, the Madagascar aye aye The trip was enough of a success that they decided having Adams write funny things about his attempt to visit endangered species was a good way to raise awareness about animal conservation, so they reunited a few years later to track down some other animals whose numbers have fallen into the double digits The r [...]

    11. Dimitris Hall on said:

      Douglas Adams proved with this book that he wasn t just a brilliant science fiction writer with a virtually unrivalled wit and sense of humour it went to show that he had an admirable, enviable even, sense of social and ecological responsibility, taking him, as far as I am concerned, from the brilliant writer tier, to the paradigm of humanity club, reserved only for those people and there s not a lot of them around that can work as true inspiration for me Last Chance To See is a manifesto on alm [...]

    12. Laura on said:

      An unexpected problem I ve encountered with living in a massive city like New York is that I periodically experience really intense cravings for nature see the biophilia hypothesis When this happens, a manicured park or crowded long island beach just won t cut it for me So whenever I get the big city blues and can t escape I try and find a book that ll make me feel like I m camping under the stars hiking in the climbing Kilimanjaro.I can confidently say that this is the BEST nature replacement b [...]

    13. Jen on said:

      Some very serious, important issues here Sad and poignant I ll admit, I am definitely one to judge a book by its cover, and I find this cover ghastly It was published in 1990, apparently a bad era for book covers Despite how short this book is just over 200 pages it was a struggle for me to get through, just because I don t have very much interest in the subject matter This is the sort of subject I prefer to explore via Discovery network documentaries, with a deep voiced narrator calmly impartin [...]

    14. Milinta on said:

      Have you ever read a book laughing so hard that tears are streaming down your face and then in the next five minutes, crying copiously and having very different tears stream down the same old face Well, I just did I always knew that the dodo was extinct but today I sat in a corner and wept for a full fifteen minutes because there are no dodos left in the world any That is what the Last Chance to See does to you It makes you see things about the world and what we ve done with it, things you alway [...]

    15. Kartik on said:

      In this book, Douglas Adams teams up with zoologist Mark Cawardine, as they travel around the world, documenting critically endangered species By which I mean species with barely enough members to survive the next few decades, if that.As always, it s a treat to read Douglas Adams writing, even when it s non fiction Humorous anecdotes and witty asides add color and a human dimension to something that would be bleak and almost voyeuristic otherwise As the team documents species after species, you [...]

    16. Nicholas Armstrong on said:

      If a book is well written, and I don t simply mean it is an enjoyable romp, I mean really well written it is consistent, there is no break in the flow, voice, or tone and it accomplishes the elusive task of making you think, then what might we call that book I would call it remarkable Douglas Adams is one of the most amusing writers of all time, perhaps even the most amusing writer of all time couple this with an incredible intellect and the ability to write quite well and you get a pretty impre [...]

    17. Trish on said:

      Douglas Adams Author of the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy Writing a nature book Huh I suppose I shouldn t be surprised, given that this is Douglas Adams, but Last Chance to See is an excellent and thought provoking book, which is part laugh out loud travelogue including an interesting reminder of what China was like just 25years ago , and part conservation pleaIt s power as a book lies is in the juxtaposition of the sharp observations and comic stories of his travels with Mark Carwardineand th [...]

    18. Tweedledum on said:

      My husband urged me to read this book when it was first written but I feared it would be too depressing Then when Stephen Fry and Mark Carwardine retraced the steps of Carwardine and Adams on TV I realised what a great story this was Still it languished unopened on our shelves One day after Christmas it finally caught my eye and saidad me now before it s too late A little parable for animals and plants in obscure placesreciate and notice and cherish me now Before it s too late.Like the Yangtze R [...]

    19. Victoria Simpson on said:

      Book reviews remind me of high school and sweating over how to make a great book sound appealing without giving away too much information I m not sure how to do it so I ll just say that this book is fantastic and I loved it It s moving, funny and fill of interesting and sobering information that left me awe struck at how beautiful the world is and saddened by how destructive humans are.

    20. Mal on said:

      Some time ago, I finished reading the Ultimate Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy, the stellar and utterly hilarious sci fi series by Douglas Adams When I finished reading it, I was upset because the series had ended, and I vowed to read all his other books till I got over being upset So I picked up Last Chance To See, not knowing at all what it was about.I am amazed, how is it possible that Douglas Adams, an author of fiction, wrote an entire non fiction book about endangered species a topic whic [...]

    21. Becky on said:

      Last Chance to See chronicles Douglas Adams and Mark Carwardine s trips to far flung places to see, and call attention to, endangered and borderline extinct animal species I listened to the audio, read by Douglas himself except for the very end which is read by Mark Carwardine , and it was brilliant Not only does Douglas really bring each destination and trip to life, but he does so in a way that allows the reader to understand his feelings regarding these things, but without sounding judgmental [...]

    22. Oceana2602 on said:

      UPDATED Douglas Adams famous book about his travels to animals that are about to be extinct As entertaining, hilarious and smart as everything else Adams has written, but because of its subject definitely my favourite of his books I can t believe I waited so long to read this Maybe, if people had read this book sooner, the statistics would look a bit better today Let s take a look at how the animals that Adams visited in 1990 are doing 16 years later.Komodo Dragon 1990 appr 50002006 appr 6000Cl [...]

    23. Brook on said:

      Before I read this, I saw that another reviewer said Douglas Adams was wasted on science fiction I considered this almost blasphemous, and had pitchforks leaned against the doorjamb, until I read Last Chance to See Now it s merely praise I had been told if you like Adams, you have to read this Well, no, I don t, as I don t want to see someone I admire struggle somewhere else I don t want to see George Foreman selling grills I don t want to watch Jerry Rice on Dancing With The Stars I don t want [...]

    24. Ariel on said:

      In 1985 Douglas Adams and Mark Carwardine set off in the hope of spotting the Madagascar aye aye, a nocturnal lemur nearing extinction The trip was a success and so the duo came back together a couple years later to seek out animals that were verging on the brink with the idea that their travels and Adams writing would shine a much needed spotlight on said brink Like the Madagascar aye aye, my encounter with Adams Last Chance to See adventuring was a nocturnal one In simplicity, I couldn t put [...]

    25. Rift Vegan on said:

      It s a funny book because it s Douglas Adams, but very sad thinking about all these animals on their way to going extinct The book was written in 1990, and I was curious to see if any of the species are doing better I know that the Northern White Rhinos are essentially extinct there are just 3 left And the Baiji or Yangtze River dolphin is most likely extinct as well I am fascinated by the Kakapos, a parrot who is flightless and nocturnal with a lek breeding system, living in New Zealand I was h [...]

    26. EagerLearner on said:

      This book makes for a very pleasant reading Douglas Adams writes in his inimitable style wickedly witty at times To be honest, it is quite difficult to mesh wildlife conservation and humor but this book handles it very well without missing out on the theme Each of the book s chapters talk about a different animal species in a different geography and entails the adventure of the author and his companion Mark Carwardine who were assigned to cover endangered animals by the BBC The book ends with a [...]

    27. Tinea on said:

      Fun travel romp through far off places to look at cool animals A little shallow, though not enough science to make it educational and interesting, too little culture or political commentary to make it opinionated and interesting Give me of all of it, descriptions of ecosystems and the roles of these animals within them, discussion of the impact and interactions of different human economies and cultures on these ecosystems, and hilarious travel dialogue of Adams realizing that just because so [...]

    28. Bree on said:

      Douglas Adams is the funniest writer I ve ever encountered You know someone has a talent for humor when they can write a book about endangered species and make it hilarious Adams does treat the subject with the respect it deserves, however Reading this book will really make you step back and look at how we humans have destroyed the habitats of so many unique and interesting creatures Because the issue of conservation is so important, I think this is a book that everyone would benefit from readin [...]

    29. Tobin Elliott on said:

      Nobody writes like Douglas Adams writes He s one of the few guys that can have me laughing uproariously while also pondering something deep and important Or pondering the sad legacy of humans while laughing Or shaking my head at the sheer stupidity of humans.That being said, while there are many funny moments in this book, overall, it s heartbreaking book to read In anyone else s hands, I believe it would have been pleadingly maudlin With Adams, instead, it s hopeful.Nobody writes like Douglas A [...]

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