Last Chance to See

Paperback, 272 pages

Published Nov. 2, 2009 by Arrow.

ISBN:
978-0-09-953679-6
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4 stars (64 reviews)

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5 stars

I'm going through my Goodreads-reads, and noticed that not a single of my Goodreads-friends have read this book. And, as this is one of the best books I know of that no one seems to have read, I see this as a good occasion to write a (very) late review of this book, which I still remember vividly, over nine years after I read it.

The Hitchhiker’s series is undoubtedly great, and this book is different, but it’s just as fantastic in a different way. It’s a travel-memoir in which Douglas Adams travels to see species that are in danger of going extinct, describing both his journey and the animals. It’s funny, thoughtful, at times properly heartbreaking and feels incredibly real: the emotions of Adams really comes through in the text.

This is a book I’ve gifted several times, and one of those books I think everyone should read for …

Review of 'Last chance to see' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

I started reading this book on my kindle during my last two years at university but forgot about it since then--partly because Rapture of the Nerds came out and I promised the school paper that I would write a review of it. Everything else got in the way as well.

I bought the print edition last year and decided that, this year, I would start reading it again. I regret nothing...

Part travel memoir and scientific nonfiction, Douglas Adams and Mark Carwardine go across the globe to find endangered animals, some of which were on the brink of extinction, and how conservation agencies go about preserving them. Adams himself is in good form here, weaving his humor and ruminative thoughts into the journey along with a glimpse into his passion for the environment that led him to become one of the founder patrons for the Save the Rhino charity organization …

Review of 'Last chance to see' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

In short, this book rocks. Read it.
Maybe it just came to my life in the right moment, or maybe I'm too much of a Douglas Adams fanboy. Maybe. But as someone who considers himself a member of the human species, worries about planet earth and its inhabitants, loves traveling, reading, laughing and thinking... this book has it all.
It is funny, surprising and touching. It takes you on a trip and teaches you about the world. It also breaks your heart and makes you wish you could do more.
It was written in the 80s and even though we now have answers to some of his questions (Baiji dolphins are gone, but Kakapos are still with us), the writing feels as relevant as it will ever be.
Adams writing conveys profound, deep insights in such a straightforward and direct way you can't help but devour the entire book. It …

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