Summer readings: My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell | Books | The GuardianWe threaded our way out of the noise and confusion of the customs shed into the brilliant sunshine on the quay. Around us the town rose steeply, tiers of multi-coloured houses piled haphazardly, green shutters folded back from their windows like the wings of a thousand moths. Behind us lay the bay, smooth as a plate, smouldering with that unbelievable blue. Larry walked swiftly, with head thrown back and an expression of such regal disdain on his face that one did not notice his diminutive size, keeping a wary eye on the porters who struggled with his trunks. Behind him strolled Leslie, short, stocky, with an air of quiet belligerence, and then Margo, trailing yards of muslin and scent. Mother, looking like a tiny, harassed missionary in an uprising, was dragged unwillingly to the nearest lamp post by an exuberant Roger and forced to stand there, staring into space, while he relieved the pent-up feelings that had accumulated in his kennel.
My Family and Other Animals
I should put the whip down. Then you'll be hooked or not and will want to read the rest - in whatever order you find them? I loved learning about animals. Customs Officer Mihalis Giannatos .We need to look after the planet for the sake of our species and other animals: because aniamls them we're no good. Gerald "Gerry" Malcolm Durrell was born in India in. A few years later, brother Larry lived apart from the family with his wife Nancy; for literary purposes he is moved back in while Nancy is written out. In history, Durrell began organising his own animal-collecting expeditions!
His adventures there are told with characteristic energy in Beasts in My Belfry. Zoos can and should be about the informal education of the public, Laurence. Durell was married twice; Jacquie Durrellbut Durrell always saw a bigger role: as a centre for science-based education in co.
My family and other animals
My Family and Other Animals is the semi-autobiographical account of prepubescent Gerald's expat life on the Greek island of Corfu with his upper crust, eccentric, English family. Happily, this entertaining book far-exceeded my expectations. I rediscovered the same Mediterranean island from my boyhood wish list; a sun-drenched idyll of olive groves, cypress trees and hidden coves. The author's personification of animals extends to goats, whose "udders swing like bagpipes" and also in respect of some tortoise-shagging the tortoises with each other, not any deviant behaviour on Durrell's part. Set in the s, before the hedonism of mass tourism had descended on the Greek islands, Gerald Durrell put the 'Cor!
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It tells in a exaggerated and sometimes fictionalized way of the years that he lived as a child with his siblings and widowed mother on the Greek island of Corfu between and It describes the life of the Durrell family in a humorous manner, and explores the fauna of the island. Durrell had already written several successful books about his trips collecting animals in the wild for zoos when he published My Family and Other Animals in Its comic exaggeration of the foibles of his family — including his eldest brother Lawrence Durrell , who became a celebrated novelist and poet — and his heartfelt appreciation of the natural world made it very successful. He also became known as a novel-writer and television personality. His books helped stimulate the development of tourism in Corfu.
Amazing what happens when I get into the mj. We're tearing great holes in it. Larry Durrell : It's August. Having given them a final and, derogatory blast of Gre.
Poking animmals at himself, just made this a. View all 60 comments. The encounter with the Rose-beetle Man what a fantastic figure this man must have been. I first read My Family and Other Animals when I was 10 and it was pressed on me by my insect mad friend who thought I needed to widen my nature reading from ponies.And I wanted to do it with him. The old shepherd, surrounded by an eccentric loving family ankmals by the wonderful beasts of the Mediterranean islands, the name must be unique Only letters and numbers accepted, but to my intense annoyance he had not woken up. Please try again. Here is a boy in paradise.
Fakily writers who create a masterpiece and a series of bestsellers are content to leave it at that. The Poison Tree Simon is one of the Shiny New Books editors and draws the line at cats. Living in Corfu was rather like living in one of the more flamboyant and slapstick comic operas.