The Last Flight of the Scarlet Macaw: One Woman's Fight to Save the World's Most Beautiful Bird
As a young woman, Sh ...more
Contributing editor to Outside magazine and author Bruce Barcott (The Measure of a Mountain: Beauty and Terror on Mount Rainier ) has constructed a gripping and suspenseful account of one woman's crusade against corrupt foreign governments and multinational corporations to save the habitat of an endangered bird. Barcott's simple and eloquent prose, vivid descriptions, and ability to render the most complicated business deals and legal concepts in clear layman's terms allow him to tame this...more
The Last Flight of the Scarlet Macaw was fascinating and fantastically written. Bruce Barcott brought Sharon Matola and the plight of the habitat threatened by the Chailillo Dam alive with a sense of immediacy and passion.
My only regret is that I hadn't read this book sooner.
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes animals and books that take place in a tropical setting and that bring up history and government. Over all I wou ...more
I started The Last Flight of the Scarlet Macaw simply because it was the easiest to get ahold of, but was pleasantly surprised with what I learned, not onl ...more
The Last Flight of the Scarlet Macaw is a well-written and engaging book. It gave a basic overview of Belize's history (pirates and British colonialism). With that as background, Barcott went on to teach about a major modern event in Belize, the battle to build/stop the Chalillo Dam. Through the events of this battle he portrays the political, social and environmental climates in Belize. From Barcott's perspective, the Belizian government at the time ran on cronyism, with the purp ...more
Sharon Matola, a passionate wildlife defender, sets up a zoo of abandoned, wounded, sick animals, birds,and reptiles that come her way in Belize. To defend the original home of wildlife in her adopted country, she finds herself battling the building of a dam.
I enjoyed Mayan, Spa ...more
"PART NATURE WRITING, PART TRAVELOGUE, PART BIOGRAPHY:
THE TRUE STORY OF ONE WOMAN’S FIGHT TO SAVE THE WORLD’S MOST BEAUTIFUL BIRD"
This book is environmental journalism at its best, and better yet, it reads like a suspense novel. Unfortunately, the circumstances of the book are non-fiction, and the ongoing environmental devastation that is occurring within the context of a complicated political history is very real.
The main character of the book, Sharon Matola, is an extraordinary woman, and a fr ...more
Aside from the writing style this book covered so many different and interesting topics. I liked learning more about the history of Belize; its ruins, wars, jungles, strange and beautiful animals, and how it cam ...more
Hubby and I are starting to daydream about our next vacation. While looking over travel books, and talking to friends about their recent travels, a friend gushed about his recent trip to Belize. I’m not sure if timing, a toddler or finances will allow it, but I picked up the book The Last Flight of the Scarlet Macaw: One Woman’s fight to Save the World’s Most Beautiful Bird anyway.
The woman in question fighting to save the scarlet macaws is Sharon Matola, owner and direct ...more
1) Belize prides itself on conserving her jungle and it animals. Dammed rivers would destroy river valleys like ...more
The biology of the Macal River and Belize is covered early on, but ...more
This was really good. The book also takes a look at the history and politics of Belize, as well. It's so frustrating, tho ...more
Eventually, though, the corruption, graft, coverups, swindling, lies, greed, rigged reports, board meetings and legal chapters just got overwhelming, then boring (does it ever end? No it does not) and then super depressing because, after all, this is a true story.
I know how this sad tale ends so by the time we get to a t ...more