Rescuing The Spectacled Bear

Rescuing The Spectacled Bear

by Stephen Fry

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Overview

Both wildly funny and moving -- a journal of Stephen Fry's bid to rescue Peru's endangered spectacled bears.

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, unwieldy and with a distinctive bent nose and characteristic rumbling tones. Wide-buttocked from hours of sitting at writing desks and on barstools.

It has been a personal mission of Stephen Fry's to draw the world's attention to this endangered species. A BBC television programme of Fry's Peru trip was broadcast on New Year's Day 2002, and a follow-up programme was made when he went back to Peru and helped to rescue a mate for the first young bear. This is his diary of the experience. It is packed with beautiful colour pictures of Stephen, bears and Peru and it is, of course, wildly funny. Stephen Fry is set to become the Diane Fossey of the bear world.

All author proceeds will go to "Bear Rescue."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780091795238
Publisher: Random House of Canada, Limited
Publication date: 12/03/2002
Pages: 208

About the Author

Stephen Fry is the author of four novels and has written the first volume of his autobiography, Moab is My Washpot. As an actor he has been in the films Peter’s Friends, and Wilde and played Jeeves in the TV show Jeeves & Wooster.

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eleanor_eader on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I could probably read anything written by Stephen Fry; he¿ s a very self-aware writer, in the sense that you know he knows he¿s writing for an audience, rather than writing for the sake of the story or chronicling, but as he¿s a witty, engaging entertainer, that¿s not necessarily a flaw. 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 flash than substance to this book¿ aside from ranting about the corruption, luxuriating in hotel suites or running to the loo, a basic breakdown of the days events is all you get; the glossy photos of Spectacled bears rarely have anything to do with the text (except the adorable last set) and even the landscape photography is often used as a background for a splashy display of some enthusiastic quote-from-the-text. I understand that this book was published to raise money and awareness for charity, and aimed at people who didn¿t necessarily want an in-depth evaluation of the species and its habitat, but honestly, I was expecting to read a lot more about spectacled bears and lot less about Fry¿s addiction to gadgets.There are some lovely passages, that said. There¿s a reason why I claim I could probably read anything by the author. When he¿s on form, he¿s bloody brilliant. He also enjoys garnered facts, and can be steadfastly relied upon to share them, so the reader is bound to pick up something interesting. Personally, I was shocked at the story of Yungay¿s tragedy, as shocked that I¿d never even heard of it, as much as by the events themselves. Three minutes ¿ ninety seconds - for a glacier landslide to wipe out a town of eighty thousand people. Okay, I wasn¿t born yet, but in the wake of numerous global catastrophes, why isn¿t this cited more? Or have I just been oblivious? Huh, shut up. Finally, Rescuing the Spectacled Bear was written for a good cause. So I¿m glad I¿ve added it to my collection of things-by-Fry, but I won¿t be desperately waiting for `real¿ non-fiction by the author that isn¿t strictly Stephen-centric.
LynleyS on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
We listened to the audiobook on a long car trip. Comedy is great as audio, especially with a narrator as accomplished as this author. His turn of phrase and clarity always impresses me. Not to mention his wit.I found his tales of Delhi Belly a little too familiar from my own travels, through Africa, but of course that is what made it so funny.