Last Chance to See

Last Chance to See

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Douglas Adams leads us on an unforgettable journey around the world to see species on the brink of extinction.
After years of reflecting on the absurdities of life on other planets, science-fiction author Douglas Adams teams up with zoologist Mark Carwardine on an expedition to find out what's happening to life on this one.
Publisher: Toronto : Stoddart, c1990
ISBN: 9780773724549
0773724540
9780517582152
0517582155
Branch Call Number: 591 ADA 1990
Characteristics: 208 p. : col. ill
Additional Contributors: Carwardine, Mark

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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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