I normally wouldn’t review a twenty-five-year-old book, but since Last Chance to See is just as relevant today as it was in 1990, some words are warranted. Also, being an author myself, who writes similar humor-infused, ecologically-minded travel books, I must say that from now on Douglas Adams will be the writer I most aspire to emulate.
Although Douglas Adams is most famous for humorous fiction writing, for some reason his novels, like The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, never grabbed me. Perhaps I just wasn’t in the mood at the time—I will certainly try again. But when it comes to travel-oriented nonfiction, Adams is absolutely the best. I especially recommend Last Chance to See for people who enjoy reading Bill Bryson, but wish that Bryson had bigger adventures that were more wildlife-oriented.
What a shame that Douglas Adams died at such a young age. Fortunately books live forever. Last Chance to See is an ongoing wake-up call about the serious, irreparable damage humans are doing to Planet Earth, told in a way that will bring you to tears—both tears of sadness and tears of laughter.
I don’t know how this book escaped my reading list all these years, but I’m glad I found it now!
Marty Essen, author of
Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents
Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico (to be published in January 2016)