Non Fiction

Chasing Lemurs: My Journey Into the Heart of Madagascar by Keriann McGoogan

47541458Book is available on NetGalley till the 31st of May 2020

This was an unexpectedly straightforward read for a non-fiction title. Usually, it takes me a while to plod through even the most simple of stories like these because I am more of a quick fiction reader. Either I am learning to read other types of titles, or this was written for people like me, and at this point, I am heavily leaning towards the latter.

There are some petty reasons why I am not giving this a full five stars. If possible, I would have given it a 4.5, but that’s not an option anywhere. The first is the lack of photos. The vivid descriptions had me hankering for pictures, and I was only given a couple in the middle. If the sightings of the lemurs were even provided with caricatures, I would have loved it more. The second reason is that I wanted more of the story. This is the tale of a small, tiring but pivotal moment in the life of the author but despite being given enough of a backstory and an update as to where she is now, it is still a too-brief narrative. I felt like I was just starting to get invested when the book wrapped up. It has some genuine discussions, and the highlight of it has to be the constant tussle in the author’s mind as she considers her status as a conservationist in a country (Madagascar) versus the needs of a growing population of humans with innumerable troubles. I highly recommend this to anyone interested in the complicated life of a passionate field researcher.

It is a well-written and exciting narrative, and I enjoyed the way Keriann managed to use the instructions her advisor had given in a sort-of booklet form.

I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers, but the entire review is entirely based on my own reading experience.

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