Soaked in the sunshine of Corfu, where Gerald Durrell lived as a boy with his "family and other animals, " this book evocatively chronicles his five-year sojourn on the Greek island. With hilarious yet endearing portraits of his eccentric family and their many unusual hangers-on, My Family and Other Animals also captures the beginnings of Durrell ...
Soaked in the sunshine of Corfu, where Gerald Durrell lived as a boy with his "family and other animals, " this book evocatively chronicles his five-year sojourn on the Greek island. With hilarious yet endearing portraits of his eccentric family and their many unusual hangers-on, My Family and Other Animals also captures the beginnings of Durrell's lifelong love of animals. In its passionate understanding of Corfu's natural history, this is an entertaining and enduring memoir.
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Very Good. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. xiii, 273 pp.; 20 cm. First published, 1956. Near fine. Tight, clean copy. Age toning. "When the Durrell family can no longer endure the damp, gray English climate, they do what any sensible family would do: sell their house and relocate to the sun-soaked Greek island of Corfu. Through glorious silver-and-green olive groves and across brilliant tusk-white beaches, ten-year-old Gerry, the youngest of the four Durrell children, pursues his interest in natural history with a joyful passion, revealing the engrossing hidden world of the island's fauna. Many hilarious mishaps ensue as each of Gerry's new animal friends is installed in the family villa. Water snakes recuperate from heat stroke in the bathtub, matchboxes are filled with scorpions, and a pair of rowdy magpies make short order of everything from elaborate dinner spreads to Lawrence's prized manuscript to the patience of the family puppies, Widdle and Puke. Toads and tortoises, bats and butterflies, scorpions and geckos, ladybugs, praying mantises, octopuses, pigeons, and gulls are only some of the animals lovingly described in Durrell's classic tale of his childhood island home."-Publisher.
A wonderful memoir of the youngest of a loopy family living in the Greek isles. His adventures in collecting a wide spectrum of animals, the quirkiness of his family and the delightful island characters provide a wam and often hilarious read.
Dec 9, 2010
Hilarity in a Mad English Family
This is a very funny book about a kooky English family who moves to Greece written from the point of view of the youngest brother , a ten-year old who collects insects , birds and reptiles much to the chagrin of the rest of the family.
Jul 2, 2007
Dangerous! Will Give Laugh LInes
This is the best non-fiction book I have read in a while. Hilarious! Gerald Durrell tells the story of his life with his mother and siblings, moving out of England into Greece, his love for nature and animals. He is truly gifted in his observation of people and his sense of humour.
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