Written by Douglas Adams, Mark Carwardine
Publisher: Pan Books
Genre: Nonfiction, Travel, Humour
Original Language: English
Read from 2010-07-16 to 2010-07-21
Read in English
Review: I’m going through my Goodreads-reads, and noticed that not a single of my Goodreads-friends have read this book. And, as this is one of the best books I know of that no one seems to have read, I see this as a good occasion to write a (very) late review of this book, which I still remember vividly, over nine years after I read it.
The Hitchhiker’s series is undoubtedly great, and this book is different, but it’s just as fantastic in a different way. It’s a travel-memoir in which Douglas Adams travels to see species that are in danger of going extinct, describing both his journey and the animals. It’s funny, thoughtful, at times properly heartbreaking and feels incredibly real: the emotions of Adams really comes through in the text.
This is a book I’ve gifted several times, and one of those books I think everyone should read for many reasons. It has the obvious conservationism message, but it also a great travel-diary in it’s own right. It’s as funny as you’d expect a book by Douglas Adams to be, and really brings out a different side of his writing from what shines through in his fiction. Go read it!