Absolutely Galápagos by David Fletcher is a humorous and indeed educational account of a tourist tour undertaken around the islands as told in the first person by Brian a British tourist who is accompanied by his wife Sandra. This book provides not only an in depth description of the various islands of the Galápagos Archipelago but also the views and opinions of the slightly erasable Brian a man not noted I would say for his progressive opinions. Still, to combine geographical learning with elements of satire is not to be underestimated.
By reading this book you certainly gain a greater understanding of the topography and nature of the various islands but also an insight into the dangers of expanding tourism and population increases that the islands face. Not all is as seen on the TV nature documentaries. At the end of each day Brian will tell his not always interested wife some interesting facts about every single country in South America. Another aspect to the book is also the relationship Brian has with the crew and fellow passengers on board the boat.
This is something a bit quirky and different to the usual travelogue and if you want humour combined with the imparting of information I would certainly recommend that you give this a try.
by G Heard
Securing a degree in chemistry, well before the days of modular exams, was a very good start for David, and his using this degree to embark on a lifetime career in accountancy seemed, at the time, like the best next step to take. And in a way it was. Becoming a partner in one of the world's 'Big Four' firms of accountants proved to be surprisingly interesting and constantly challenging.
However, over the years, a belief became fixed in David's mind that he hadn't been put on this Earth just to provide opinions on financial statements but also to provide opinions on human nature. Not pompously or even vehemently - but in the only way he knew how: through humour.
So he started to write - and in this writing to focus particularly on what the nature of human nature was doing to the nature of the natural world - first through some 'sci-fi humour' and latterly through some 'travelogue humour'.
He doesn't claim to be some sort of jokey Cassandra - as he is only too aware that both his thinking and his writing is riddled with serious self-doubt. So he is quite relaxed about whether his opinions get through to his readers - or not - just as long as in the process of reading his books they all have a jolly good laugh. Because, with what he and the rest of his species are visiting on this planet, one thing he doesn't have any doubt about whatsoever is that sooner rather than later, we will all need to develop our ability to have a jolly good laugh indeed - even if it is of the somewhat hollow variety...