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Last Chance to See
Last Chance to See
Author: Douglas Adams, Mark Carwardine
"Very funny and moving...The 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 WORLD — Join bestselling author Douglas Adams and zooligist Mark Carwardine as they take off around the world in search of exotic, endang...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780345371980
ISBN-10: 0345371984
Publication Date: 10/13/1992
Pages: 256
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.

4.2 stars, based on 42 ratings
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette
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jeffp avatar reviewed Last Chance to See on + 201 more book reviews
I love Douglas Adams's writing style. He was both funny and honest, even when writing fiction.

Last Chance to See is - sadly - not fiction. In it Adams and Carwardine document trips to see some of the rarest animals in existence - animals on the brink of extinction - along with meeting some of those working to save them. The trips took place in the mid to late 1980s, and at least the first one was for a magazine article. It is possible all of their trips resulted in articles that were later substantially rewritten to put them into book form.

Of the book itself I can say this: Adams can write. He does nearly all the writing, despite the author credit to Carwardine, and it's classic Adams in style, even if the subjects are a lot less funny than his usual.

He managed - in just a few pages - to convince me that I never want to go to Africa, for example. Maybe things have improved in the 20+ years since these things happened, but I rather doubt it, human nature being what it is. Seeing the creatures there might be inspiring, but details of getting there and the governments one has to work through render Africa a less than ideal vacation spot in my opinion.

He tells heart breaking stories about the animals and places they go see, but frames them with enough humor - mostly at his own expense - to make the presentation something I could continue reading. (I'm one of those who can't watch programs about endangered animals. They make me cringe to the point where I have to turn them off. As a member of the human race I am at a minimum guilty by association and resource consumption, and I don't like it.)

Last Chance to See is worth reading. Adams drives home some key points and shows how silly (and stupid) we are as a species in the process.

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Although a bit outdated, this book is a quick and fascinating read.

You can read my complete review here.
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According to Publisher's Weekly, "This is an excellent choice for readers who enjoy natural history, travel and aventure." I couldn't agree more!
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Douglas Adams at his best!