Last Chance to See

Last Chance to See

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The best-selling science fiction humorist Douglas Adams accompanies a world-class zoologist on an around-the-world trip in search of exotic, endangered creatures. By turns hilarious and poignant, this is a treat for Adams fans and anyone who cares about Earth's wildlife.
Publisher: New York : Harmony Books, [1991], c1990.
ISBN: 9780517582152
0517582155
Branch Call Number: 591.529 Adams
Characteristics: xii, 220 p., [16] p. of plates :,col. ill. ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Carwardine, Mark

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jacosis
Nov 20, 2018

This book was recommended by a colleague and I am extremely happy that I picked it up in the library and to read it.

I learned the word anthropomorphize, which essentially means to ascribe human feelings or characteristics to animals. While he used the word to say that it's pointless to blame some Komodo dragons who stole your lunch chicken, as the animals simply do not have any notions about stealing, or even being a lizard, the same might be said about the animals driven to extinction by humans in history. At that time the collective mind of human kind just does not have the notion of endangered species.

We do not have that excuse any more, thanks to works like this book. It is a very nice add-on to raise our awareness of our impact on the planet we shared with so many species.

The book is very pleasant to read, with the classic witticism and humor of Douglas Adams that's famous in Hitch Hiker's Guide to Galaxy. If you enjoyed his other works I think you would not be disappointed by this one.

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roseblanche
Nov 06, 2018

I picked this book up on a whim and I am so glad that I did. It's such an endearing piece of writing - in equal parts captivating, funny, philosophical, and educational. Adams' observations and metaphors shine through every page and make the book an engaging read for returning readers and newcomers alike (very Bill Bryson-esque). I was expecting a light read, and to some extent that's what the book is, but it does not shy away from the complexities that accompany the subject matter. Certainly a book worth picking up for a chuckle and a ponder.

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NaMe24
Aug 26, 2018

The best book I've read this year hands down. Some people don't like the sci-fi comedies of Adams. However, due to the actual events of the book, his wit shines through as, although at times dark, utterly profound through a topic that I'd never guess him to be involved with (he wouldn't either once you read the first few pages). It is essentially half hilarious travel stories, half explorations into some of the weirdest dwindling species on the planet. All the while balanced on a tightrope of lighthearted banter and somber truth.

It makes me sad to see some of the species that were celebrated/explored in the book are now on the verge if not totally extinct, but this book highlights the importance of conservation now more than ever. Comments tend to be the worst thing to read on the internet and not very influential but whether you read this or hear it from me in person (I've recommended it to five people so far), do yourself a favor and check this one out.

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boozleca
May 19, 2015

When asked, Douglas Adams said that this was the work to which he was most proud (not Hitchhikers). After reading Last Chance to See, I understand. All the wit that Adams is famous for and an important topic to boot.

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jgrnlees
Aug 07, 2011

This is a great book. Well-written and serious, yet humorous, Douglas Adams and Mark Carwardine made a good team. One of the last chapters has the most poignant description of the dodo bird I have ever seen. The living animals they were traveling to see and the traveling itself were so well described I felt like I was with them, seeing what they saw. Happily, none of the animals and plants mentioned are yet officially extinct in the wild. But sadly, some of them are still critically endangered. Everyone should read this book and fight to save the many endangered animals and plants before we lose them forever.

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jgrnlees
Aug 07, 2011

Coarse Language: Some swearing

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