Flashback Friday: Last Chance To See

NOTE: Flashback Friday will be taking a little pause over the holidays! Look for my next Flashback Friday post on Friday, January 10th.

Flashback Friday is my own little weekly tradition, in which I pick a book from my reading past to highlight — and you’re invited to join in!

Here are the Flashback Friday book selection guidelines:

  1. Has to be something you’ve read yourself
  2. Has to still be available, preferably still in print
  3. Must have been originally published 5 or more years ago

Other than that, the sky’s the limit! Join me, please, and let us all know: what are the books you’ve read that you always rave about? What books from your past do you wish EVERYONE would read? Pick something from five years ago, or go all the way back to the Canterbury Tales if you want. It’s Flashback Friday time!

My Flashback Friday for this week:

Last Chance to See

Last Chance To See
by Douglas Adams and Mark Carwardine
(published 1990)

Synopsis (Amazon):

Join bestselling author Douglas Adams and zoologist Mark Carwardine as they take off around the world in search of exotic, endangered creatures. Hilarious and poignant – as only Douglas Adams can be – LAST CHANCE TO SEE is an entertaining and arresting odyssey through the Earth’s magnificent wildlife galaxy.

I am so glad that I stumbled cross this non-fiction book by the extraordinary Douglas Adams a couple of years ago. We all know and love Douglas Adams for his incredibly inventive and humorous works of fiction (I mean, does anyone NOT like The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy??), but this work of non-fiction is just as funny and entertaining, even in its more serious moments and while delivering not terribly optimistic messages about the fate of the natural world.

The book Last Chance To See grew out of a BBC production in which Douglas Adams traveled with zoologist Mark Carwardine to all sorts of far-flung points around the globe. Their goal was to see, understand, and document the plight of animals so endangered as to be all but assured of extinction. Among the animals visited were komodo dragons, northern white rhinoceroses, mountain gorillas, and more. In each instance, Adams describes the plight of the species and how they got to that point, what’s being done to protect them, and what the future may hold.

It’s often a sad journey, but with Adams’s quirky and wonderful writing, Last Chance To See manages to entertain and challenge the reader. It’s witty, it’s gritty, and it’s just a pleasure to read. I highly recommend Last Chance To See for anyone who enjoys Douglas Adams, as well as for anyone who’d like a fresh take on humanity’s footprint on the animal kingdom and its habitats.


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3 thoughts on “Flashback Friday: Last Chance To See

    • Hi Lianne — I hope my FF break isn’t an inconvenience for you! I wasn’t quite sure where I’d be and when or if I’d be squeezing in some travel time, so I thought I’d give myself a little break over the holidays. 🙂 I had no idea about this book either until I stumbled across it at a book sale! I really enjoyed it — both a serious look at a sad subject and a treat to read Adams’s writing.

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