I'm an admittedly "distracted" reader and often have several books going at once, but once I was a few pages into this one, I dropped all other reading to immerse myself in it. I should note ...more
The "Zoo Lady" Sharon was a fascinating and brave woman who cared so much about Belize and its animals.
Then you have the corrupt government, hiding information and making side deals while increasing the power rates of the impoverished citizens. And the evil company that is only too happy to take the money that will further indebt this country.
I went to Belize last year and found it absolut ...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
Since we have lived in Belize, we were familiar with many of the places and some of the people mentioned in this book, as well as wi ...more
One of the things about the challenge I am involved in: to read the world, is that I read books that a part of me doesn't want to know, greed and corruption, environmental disaster and underdevelopment; but I end up learning so much more, geography and history. The Last Flight of the Scarlet Macaw had all of these thi ...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.
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
The story of SHARON Matola is compelling and the woven history of Belize is fascinated and instructive. Barcott is a talented writer with a penchant for obscure vocabulary that was intriguing without being a barrier.
Though the story and politics kept me moving through the pages, the story meanders at the end with many threads just left hanging. But maybe that’s the point. Maybe the point is that not every story wraps up neatly and not every Dav ...more
She smiled. "I was dumb enough to give it a try.”