Welcome to the Atlas Obscura Book Club discussion volume 4!
Today’s thread will be our final discussion of Last Chance to See by Douglas Adams and Mark Carwardine. We’ll be looking at the last couple of mini chapters, “Sifting Through the Embers” and “Mark’s Last Word…”, and sharing final thoughts and feelings. Dare I say that things ended on a hopeful note…?
If you’re new to the discussion, feel free to check out the previous threads here! Here’s how the discussion works: We’ll post some discussion topics in a short series of comments below. If you’d like to comment on a specific discussion topic, click the greyed-out “replies” button near the bottom of the discussion post. You can then comment on that discussion post specifically. There will likely be a number of people commenting on multiple discussions, so any time you feel like you may have lost the thread, you can copy and paste questions into your new comment, or you can always check the replies from the original discussion topic. We’re still working out the kinks on these kinds of discussions, so if you have any thoughts or suggestions on how to improve our group discussions, please let us know here.
ALSO, we’ve picked the next book in the Atlas Obscura Book Club! It will be, drum roll please… The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See, a fiction novel about the incredible, and very real, diving women of Jeju, South Korea! Join us again on April 10th for our first discussion! (Thanks to @AnyaPH for the suggestion!)
And with that, let’s talk about Last Chance to See. Did you like it? What was your favorite animal that they encountered? Below are some supplementary materials related to the reading that we thought might be interesting, and the discussion topics can be found in the comments below.
- We mentioned this in the first discussion post, but, it you want more Last Chance to See, the more recent BBC series is available on Netflix!
- For further viewing, here’s a delightfully rakish interview with Adams about his search for the Aye-Aye. Notice the towel on his shoulder, ever the Hitchhiker. Be easy, Mr. Adams.
- The Endangered Species Coalition has a list of 10 general tips for ways you can help protect wildlife in your daily life here.