Last Chance to See

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“Lively, sharply satirical, brilliantly written . . . shows how human care can undo what human carelessness has wrought.”—The Atlantic
 
New York Times bestselling author Douglas Adams and zoologist Mark Carwardine take off around the world in search of exotic, endangered creatures. Join them as they encounter the animal kingdom in its stunning beauty, astonishing variety, and imminent peril: the giant Komodo dragon of Indonesia, the helpless but loveable Kakapo of New Zealand, the blind river dolphins of China, the white rhinos of Zaire, the rare birds of Mauritius island in the Indian Ocean. 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.
 
Praise for Last Chance to See
 
“These authors don’t hesitate to present the alarming facts: More than 1,000 species of animals (and plants) become extinct every year. . . . Perhaps Adams and Carwardine, with their witty science, will help prevent such misadventures in the future.”—Boston Sunday Herald
 
“Very funny and moving . . . The glimpses of rare fauna seem to have enlarged [Adams’s] 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
 
“[Adams] invites us to enter into a conspiracy of laughter and caring.”Los Angeles Times
 
“Amusing . . . Thought-provoking . . . Its details on the heroic efforts being made to save these animals are inspirational.”The New York Times Book Review

NOTE: This edition does not include photos.
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Douglas Adams was born in 1952 and educated at Cambridge. He was the author of five books in the Hitchhiker’s Trilogy, including The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy; The Restaurant at the End of the Universe; Life, the Universe and Everything; So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish; and Mostly Harmless. His other works include Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective AgencyThe Long Dark Tea-Time of the SoulThe Meaning of Liff and The Deeper Meaning of Liff (with John Lloyd); and Last Chance to See (with Mark Carwardine). His last book was the bestselling collection, The Salmon of Doubt, published posthumously in May 2002. 
 
Mark Carwardine is a professional photographer and broadcaster. In addition to his career as a photographer, Mark has more than 50 books on wildlife, conservation and travel to his name. He co-presented the BBC TV series Last Chance to See (2010) with Stephen Fry (20 years after a renowned radio show of the same name with Douglas Adams); other shows he has presented include Museum of Life (BBC2, 2010) and The Great American Oil Spill (BBC2, 2010). Cetaceans are Mark's great passion; in addition to writing the top guide to these animals he leads tours and trips to see them throughout the Southern Ocean.
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Publisher
Ballantine Books
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Published on
Sep 21, 2011
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Pages
256
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ISBN
9780307805034
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Language
English
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Genres
Nature / Animal Rights
Nature / Natural Resources
Nature / Reference
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This content is DRM protected.
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Douglas Adams
A rollicking, thought-provoking dictionary for the modern age, featuring definitions for those things we don't have words for, from the New York Times bestselling author behind The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams, and TV producer John Lloyd.

Does the sensation of Tingrith(1) make you yelp? Do you bend sympathetically when you see someone Ahenny(2)? Can you deal with a Naugatuck(3) without causing a Toronto(4)? Will you suffer from Kettering(5) this summer?

Probably. You are almost certainly familiar with all these experiences but just didn’t know that there are words for them. Well, in fact, there aren’t—or rather there weren’t, until Douglas Adams and John Lloyd decided to plug these egregious linguistic lacunae(6). They quickly realized that just as there are an awful lot of experiences that no one has a name for, so there are an awful lot of names for places you will never need to go to. What a waste. As responsible citizens of a small and crowded world, we must all learn the virtues of recycling(7) and put old, worn-out but still serviceable names to exciting, vibrant, new uses. This is the book that does that for you: The Deeper Meaning of Liff—a whole new solution to the problem of Great Wakering(8)

1—The feeling of aluminum foil against your fillings.

2—The way people stand when examining other people’s bookshelves.

3—A plastic packet containing shampoo, mustard, etc., which is impossible to open except by biting off
the corners.

4—Generic term for anything that comes out in a gush, despite all your efforts to let it out carefully, e.g., flour into a white sauce, ketchup onto fish, a dog into the yard, and another naughty meaning that we can’t put on the cover.

5—The marks left on your bottom and thighs after you’ve been sitting sunbathing in a wicker chair.

6—God knows what this means

7—For instance, some of this book was first published in Britain twenty-six years ago.

8—Look it up yourself.
John Hargrove
Douglas Adams
La ciencia ficción da para la distopía, la paranoia tecnológica, la metafísica, la épica, el terror... y, sí, también para las carcajadas cósmicas. Que es lo que provoca la descacharrante y estrafalaria aproximación al género de ese profesor chiflado llamado Douglas Adams. Este volumen reúne los tres primeros libros de su saga interestelar, Guía del autoestopista galáctico, El restaurante del fin del mundo y La vida, el universo y todo lo demás, que nos presentan un plantel de personajes imbatible: el terrícola Arthur Dent, al que la construcción de una autopista hiperespacial desaloja de su casa, obliga a huir de su planeta y lanza a la aventura; el extraterrestre Ford Prefect, al que no le aceptan en ningún sitio las tarjetas American Express; el pirata esquizoide de dos cabezas y expresidente de Galaxia Zaphod Beeblebrox; el androide paranoide tendente a la depresión que responde al nombre de Marvin; la intrépida reportera transgalática Trillian... Y entre una sucesión de andanzas rocambolescas y desternillantes por los rinconcillos más raros, recónditos y peligrosos de la Galaxia el autor da respuesta a algunas muy pero que muy trascendentales: ¿es posible que una nave acumule un retraso de novecientos años con todos los pasajeros dentro?, ¿se puede conseguir que una tetera automática prepare un té bebible y sin aspecto de menjunje?, ¿puede el exceso de zapaterías provocar la destrucción de un planeta? Disfruten de Douglas Adams, un genio del humor en la estela de Lewis Carroll, Jonathan Swift, Groucho Marx y los Monty Python.
Douglas Adams
In one complete volume, here are the five classic novels from Douglas Adams’s beloved Hitchhiker series.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Seconds before the Earth is demolished for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is saved by Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised Guide. Together they stick out their thumbs to the stars and begin a wild journey through time and space.

The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
The moment before annihilation at the hands of warmongers is a curious time to crave tea. It could only happen to the cosmically displaced Arthur Dent and his comrades as they hurtle across the galaxy in a desperate search for a place to eat.

Life, the Universe and Everything
The unhappy inhabitants of planet Krikkit are sick of looking at the night sky– so they plan to destroy it. The universe, that is. Now only five individuals can avert Armageddon: mild-mannered Arthur Dent and his stalwart crew.

So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish
Back on Earth, Arthur Dent is ready to believe that the past eight years were all just a figment of his stressed-out imagination. But a gift-wrapped fishbowl with a cryptic inscription thrusts him back to reality. So to speak.

Mostly Harmless
Just when Arthur Dent makes the terrible mistake of starting to enjoy life, all hell breaks loose. Can he save the Earth from total obliteration? Can he save the Guide from a hostile alien takeover? Can he save his daughter from herself?

Includes the bonus story “Young Zaphod Plays It Safe”

“With droll wit, a keen eye for detail and heavy doses of insight . . . Adams makes us laugh until we cry.”—San Diego Union-Tribune

“Lively, sharply satirical, brilliantly written . . . ranks with the best set pieces in Mark Twain.”—The Atlantic
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