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MUST READ: A Last Chance to See

The book describes Douglas Adams adventures with a zoologist and photographer called Mark Carwardine as they travel around to see some of the most endangered creatures in the world.

india Updated: Jun 17, 2006 13:28 IST

A Last Chance to See
Douglas Adams
Price — Rs 320
Publication — Pan Books

Douglas Adams is famous for writing the science fiction novels of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, but he did write a non-fiction book called, A Last Chance to See.

You will love Adam’s technique of writing in this environment-friendly collection of travelogues about endangered animals from around the world. A Last Chance to See is some of his most hilarious and finest pieces of work, a true masterpiece.

The book describes his adventures with a zoologist and photographer called Mark Carwardine as they travel around to see some of the most endangered creatures in the world.

They visit exotic places like Madagascar, Zaire, New Zealand, the South Island, Mauritius, Bali and the Komodo Island. On the way they see aye-ayes, dolphins, hippos, gorillas, spiders, snakes, kakapos, rhinos, komodo dragons, hyenas and several other animals that are fighting for their survival.

Everywhere they go there is an adventure waiting to happen. The best part of the book is the Komodo dragon chapter, especially the meeting of Adams and Carwardwine with Dr. Struan Sutherland.

If you really want to know a bit about deadly and poisonous animals this is the part for you. You will go into fits of laughter reading this. In the end the book is much more than just laughs, it is a touching, satirical book that makes a person stop for a while and think.

It’s a look at how we treat our wild friends. It is a sort of ‘funny tragedy’. After reading this exceptional book many people will start caring more for nature. What is really sad is that Douglas Adams is no more.

We would have really liked a few more classics like this. The world is really a boring place without writers like him.