Title: Journeys to the Other Side of the World
Author: David Attenborough
Page Count/Review Word Count: 420
This is actually a compendium of three books:
Quest in Paradise:
This is another one of the books that I picked up because I got one of my friends to pick out random numbers from my big list of books that I want to read and she landed on this one. It was a pretty good read, basically a little non-fiction memoir of Attenborough’s time travelling in search of a specific bird that he was trying to find.
Of course, it was written back in 1960 or so and that makes the language feel a little dated. My copy was also a super old edition that had a lot of yellowing and tiny print, so it didn’t really feel aesthetically pleasing. Fortunately the manuscript itself more than made up for it.
So if you’re looking for a little travel writing that will help you to escape from all of the madness that’s going on in the world, I’d say this is a pretty good call. I’m certainly glad that I read it, and I look forward to more Attenborough. Luckily, he has loads!
Zoo Quest to Madagascar:
In this book, a young David Attenborough heads off to Madagascar to spot some wildlife and to capture a few animals to take back to London Zoo. I liked his observations on the animals and the culture, but I’m not on board with taking animals out of the wild so that people can stare at them from behind glass screens.
Still, it was mostly pretty good and an interesting retrospective considering Attenborough did all this when he was a young man.
Quest Under Capricorn:
This book tells the story of Attenborough’s adventures in the Australian outback, and it’s interesting because there’s not a particularly huge focus on animals, although they do feature in it here and there.
Mostly, though, it’s all about the characters that he met along the way. Considering that he took this trip as a young man and Australians are notoriously epic and full of character, there’s a lot to like here. I mean, even though the wildlife takes a bit of a backseat, I didn’t feel as though it suffered because of it. Awesome!
All in all, I enjoyed this one a lot, and it was a nice surprise when I learned I’d tick off three books.