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Last Chance to See [Format Kindle]

Douglas Adams , Mark Carwardine
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"In every case, the presence and personality of the endangered animals rise off the page - even when the authors don't manage to find them. The writing may be witty, but this book is a sobering reminder of what a very great deal we have to lose" (Independent on Sunday)

"This is life or death stuff, but Adams is a writer who chooses not to shake his finger at the reader. He fails completely in the self-righteous-piety department. Instead he invites us to enter a conspiracy of laughter and caring" (Los Angeles Times)

"It is a book one reads in a rush, always looking forward to the next perverse paragraph, wise insight or felicitous phrase" (The Canberra Times)

"Last Chance to See brings out the best in Adams' writing ... constantly springing on the reader the kind of dizzying shift in perspective that was the stock in trade of Hitchhiker'" (The Listener)

"The funniest serious book on the market." (Amazon.co.uk reader review)

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"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, 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.


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Par Laurent
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Début des années 80, un journal Anglais demande à Douglas Adams (le guide du voyageur galactique, H2G2) d'accompagner sur une petit île à côté de Madagascar un naturaliste et un photographe pour écrire un article sur une espèce de lémurien en voie de disparition. Pour Douglas Adams, c'est le choc. Lui et Mark Carwardine décident de partir deux ans autour du monde à la recherche d'espèces en voie de disparition et d'en tirer un livre et une série de sketches radiophoniques. Le résultat est émouvant, intéressant et très drôle (Douglas Adams oblige...). A lire pour tous ceux que la langue de shakespeare ne dérange pas!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A hitchhiker's guide to the animal kingdom 17 février 2001
Par Mike Stone - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
Douglas Adams' sense of humour is so strong, it could inject a bucketful of laughs into an obituary. Needless to say I wasn't surprised when this book, his elegy for endangered species, turned out to have a welcome balance between laughter and melancholy.
Adams is joined by zoologist Mark Carwardine, as they use their last chance to see a variety of animals on the brink of extinction, such as the Komodo Dragon, the White Rhinos of Zaire, New Zealand kakapos, and Yangtze river dolphins. Adams, amateur wildlife lover, is wise enough to know the purpose of his journey: to shine some of the glare from his celebrity as a "science-fiction comedy novelist" on the issue of global extinction. He does wisely not to downplay the plight of these animals in the favour of commerciality, but manages to produce an entertaining work nonetheless. Carwardine, and the other people we encounter, sometimes come off as little more than characters in a Douglas Adams novel. I am hesitant to believe that everyone he encounters has the same dry, deadpanned British sense of humour. Nonetheless, the characters' eccentricities further shed light on the kinds of people who are willing to undertake the monumental task of saving these beautiful beasts. It is not work for the dispassionate.
"The great thing about being the only species that makes a distinction between right and wrong," he notes at one point, "is that we can make up the rules for ourselves as we go along." Which brings up the second theme he hopes to illustrate here. Humans are dumb. No, that's too simple. Humans are egotistical, selfish, wasteful, materialistic, impudent, and dumb. The single, overwhelming reason why most of these animals must fight for their survival is the sheer audacity humans have in moving into their natural habitat, and upsetting the balance of nature. Adams has no time for individual moments of human idiocy, best exemplified by his wonderful line skewering young Yemeni men who insist on wearing rhino tusk costume jewelry: "How do you persuade [them] that a rhino horn dagger is not a symbol of your manhood but a signal of the fact that you need such a symbol?" His exasperation is evident in this and other such pearls of prose.
I admit that I read this book more for Adams himself than for the subject matter. It is a credit to the author that by the end, I felt some sense of emotional investment in the animals, without the bitter feelings that usually emanate whenever I am subject to an overt tug at my heartstrings. Adams walks that fine line quite well.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Ford Prefect should read this book 3 février 2000
Par John Cassetta - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
Douglas Adams could have worked comfortably within his sci-fi niche for the rest of his career knowing that he had left his mark on the literary world. He chose to take a chance and write a non-fiction account of some of the most unique and fascinating animals on our planet (the same one that Ford Prefect, from the increasingly inappropriately named Hitchhiker's Trilogy, considered "Mostly Harmless").

His addictive writing style made this book impossible to put down. His accounts of the Komodo Dragon and the Kakapo bird are two of the most humorous, yet informative pieces that I have had the pleasure of reading.

I was fortunate enough to hear Adams speak at a local university a few years ago. The crowd was decidedly Hitchhiker fanatics but by the end of the evening, he had us all running to the bookstore to find Last Chance to See.

Read this book. You'll laugh. And you might even learn something, too.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Douglas Adams' Finest 17 janvier 1999
Par Un client - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
Douglas Adams is one of the funniest authors alive. And were it not for this book, that would be all he'd ever be. This book, however, transcends humor. Whereas the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is one of the funniest books ever, no question, this book has a far more serious bent. In this book, Douglas Adams goes searching for endangered animals, and in the process winds up taking a hilarious and yet very insightful look into human nature and society. The book essentially looks at various aspects of the question "What makes humans different from animals?" And although it is riotously funny, it has some brilliant observations on this note. This book is quite simply amazing, and is one of my favorite books ever, no questions asked. It is, I think without a doubt, the finest book Douglas Adams has ever written.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Conservation lessons couched in humor 28 décembre 2000
Par Riley Merrick - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
I received my first copy of Adams and Cawardine's LAST CHANCE TO SEE from one of my roommates in college. I say "first" because I am now working on my fourth copy -- people I loaned it to kept keeping it!
In LAST CHANCE TO SEE, Adams does for the non-fiction natural world what he did for science fiction: he tells an entertaining story that brings each character to vivid life for a reader. The fact that his characters this time 'round are not space aliens and a beleaguered human being, but rather the most endangered of the endangered animals on the planet makes no difference. The aye-aye, kakapo, mountain gorilla, Chinese river dolphin, Komodo dragon, and even the Rodriguez fruit bat ("...there are hundreds of them!") live on vividly in my memory, despite the fact that I have only seen the dragon and the bat in person.
The lessons to be learned in this book are most profoundly related in Cawardine's parable at the end: by losing these animals, and others like them, we are losing integral parts of the universe, important pieces to the puzzle of life. Once they are lost, there is no regaining them, and the world can never the same.
I would recommend this book to any nature lover (but don't ask to borrow my copy, I'm not losing another one!). I howled with laughter and retained the deeper meaning -- and from reading the other reviews, I can see others did the same.
LAST CHANCE TO SEE tops the list of my recommended, life-changing books. I believe nothing will ever knock it off the top. Read it!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The man can make you laugh and cry with a single sentence. 17 juillet 1999
Par Clay Simmons (claynml@swbell.net) - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
We now get to examine another side of the person that brought us the "Hitchhiker's Guide". I bought this book out of curiosity and was amazed at Adam's insight into the world around him. His dry wit has always been excellent in pointing out our human frailties, but he has now taken this to the next level by showing us detailed instances of how our frailties are screwing up our planet's species. This book, while very entertaining, was also quite depressing as he points out the damge we have done, and will most likely continue to do. I wish I could say this book will change the way we look at our world, but unfortunately, I think it will be too little, too late. Bravo, Douglas! For me, you have become more than just a humorous writer, but an entertaining voice for a silent conscience. Hopefully, some will listen and laugh at your words, then realize the plight we have wrought may eventually catch up to us.
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