A travel book written by that master of modern British understatement, Mr. Have-PowerBook-Will-Travel Douglas Adams. I, along with a large number of people, idolize Adams' sendup of everything science-fictional in the Hitchhiker's Guide books, but have been disappointed by the gradual falling off of quality in those books as well as the poor showing of the Dirk Gently novels. Have no fear when you approach this book, though, because Adams is in his best form here. If anything, this book is much too short.
Adams approaches travelling somewhere in between Tim Cahill and Redmond O'Hanlon. Last Chance to See... is a collection of essays on endangered species that Adams and photographer/travel-arranger Carwardine attempt to see. From the chicken- and goat-loving komodo dragons, to the reclusive kakapo bird in New Zealand, Adams has just the right amount of natural history plopped in along with his delicious brand of irony for this book to be educational as well as fun.
Not to get into the environmentalist spiel, but this is also a good book for your favorite logger or logger-minded friend. Maybe if Adams covers the spotted owl next, we can laugh at that bit of sadness as well.
I read this back in 1994 during a period where my wife and I would each read a book out of the other's library. It's basically a travel book written by that master of modern British understatement, Mr. "Have-PowerBook-Will-Travel" Douglas Adams. I, along with a large number of people, idolize Adams' sendup of everything science-fictional in the Hitchhiker's Guide books, but was disappointed by the gradual falling off of quality in that series as successive books … more
A hilarious and touching exploration in search of critically endangered species. Accessible and accurate explanations of ecological concepts, including why humans should put so much effort into protecting species and their ecosystems. A must read!
Pros: Superb, amusing, moving narrative Cons: Not enough information about dolphins The Bottom Line: If you're conservative and you read this and your opinion on the ecosystem isn't changed, YOU should be hunted. Dear Douglas Adams, Let me tell you about the time I was almost pounced on by a siberian tiger. It occured when I was probably not more than 11 years old. But appropriately enough, it was tigers … more
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Last Chance to See is a book written by Douglas Adams and Mark Carwardine first published in 1990, as a companion to the BBCradio series of the same name. The theme of documentary was to feature animal species which were endangered or threatened with extinction. A BBCtelevision remake of the series, with Stephen Fry replacing the late Adams is airing in 2009. (source wiki)
YA-- The BBC asked this team to film some of the most endangered animal species throughout the world. Adams has recorded their adventures seeking the komodo dragon, northern white rhinoceros, mountain gorilla, kakapo, baiji dolphin, and the rodrigues fruit bat. There is biological information here, but it is inaccessible for report writers due to the lack of an index and the wordy descriptions. However, these same accurate portrayals and Adams's entertaining style will expose students to the worlds of these animals. He moves rapidly from informal, laugh-out-loud descriptions of his travels to serious pleas for awareness and conservation of all animals. The full-color photographs are in two separate sections and help readers to visualize the unusual animals (including the authors).
- Claudia Moore, W. T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA
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