The Whispering Land, Volume 1

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Viking Press, 1962 - Wild animal collecting - 235 pages
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For most readers their gateway book to an unbreakable Gerald Durrell habit is “My Family and Other Animals,” his memoir of growing up in Corfu with his eccentric family and native wildlife between the wars. He also wrote accounts of animal collecting in South America, "A Zoo in My Luggage" and its sequel “The Whispering Land.” Durrell’s prose is pristine and flowing and humorous. He relates his rough journey through austerely beautiful Patagonia (Argentina) but we also get a sense of his respect at the diversity of wildlife: observing colonies of penguins and elephant seals, hanging out with guanaco in the wild, saving an abused ocelot, using himself as bait for vampire bats (before recalling the risk of rabies), and saving a baby peccary named Juanita. It’s not totally about animals though because unforgettable is the stout Rosa Lillipampila, his seatmate on a small plane heading for Jujuy. I highly recommend this delightful book.  

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Vastly entertaining! A new favourite writer of mine. Read full review

Contents

A Word in Advance
11
The Whispering Land
28
A Sea of Headwaiters
47
Copyright

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