- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Ballantine Books; Reprint edition (13 October 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0345371984
- ISBN-13: 978-0345371980
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.1 x 20.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,05,958 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“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
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This book is a striking example: the material and what it covers - extinction - is of an extremely serious nature, yet the reader can't help but chuckle at some of the ways in which it is presented.
The book has aged fairly well, although unfortunately a couple of the subjects of the book have since shuffled off this planet forever - lending the book a little more poignancy.
My pick for chapters would be 'Heartbeats in the Night,' about New Zealand's kākāpō, the flightless night parrot. The descriptions of New Zealand's Fiordland district, and some of its (human) characters, are sublime.
There are a handful of OCR errors in this edition, but they do not overly detract from the book itself.