Rescuing the Spectacled Bear
Spectacled Bear: The spectacled bear is small and dark, ranging in colour from black to brown, and a few have a reddish tinge. It has distinctive circular or semicircular creamy white markings on the face around the eyes, reminiscent of spectacles.
Stephen Fry: Large, ...more
He is, of course, often very funny, although less in this book than I had expected.
This story – the story behind his making of a documentary about Peruvian Spectacled Bears – was a fascinating little slice of life. I learned ...more
Rescuing the Spectacled Bear is one of his shallower offerings; it touches on the history and ecology of Peru, and the filmed events of the BBC’s series, but as travelogues/celebrity diaries go, there is more fl ...more
This was a fun little book without a lot of substance, but what was there was good (you'll notice I even shelved it as "art," since much of the book is photography). The book is a published version of Fry's travel/production diary from a trip to Peru filming a documentary on spectacled bears. I learned a bit about Peru, a bit about spectacled bears, and a bit about documentary film making. All of these were interesting, but none went into depth. Still, it was a good introduction to the subject,...more
The book was read by the author, which really added to experience. Part travelogue, part behind-the-scenes-making-of-a-documentary, this is humorous and informative. Stephen Fry is working behalf of a bear rescue group.
And if My Fry's colourful prose isn't enough for you, then there are some breathtaking pictures of one of the most varied and vivid landscapes in South America.
As Mr Fry says, buy this book and save a bear.
Lively, interesting and engaging, the book was, alas, far too short.
A delightful way, however, to spend a quiet evening.