My Family and Other Animals

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Penguin Books, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 273 pages
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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.

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Charming, lyrical writing. - Goodreads
I do like the writing, but the story is sooo boring. - Goodreads
Easy to read; very enjoyable! - Goodreads
Funny, entertaining AND educational. - Goodreads
Worth buying for the cover art alone! - Goodreads
Very intense imagery and plenty of humor. - Goodreads

Review: My Family and Other Animals (Corfu Trilogy #1)

User Review  - Jean - Goodreads

In this memoir, Gerald Durrell's childhood years in the 1930's on the island of Corfu appear almost too hysterically dysfunctional to be believed. But the author's use of language to describe beauty ... Read full review

Review: My Family and Other Animals (Corfu Trilogy #1)

User Review  - Daniel - Goodreads

I can see the appeal but the in depth descriptions of various animals did nothing for me. I enjoyed the writing about his family and the island however. Read full review

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About the author (2000)

Gerald Durrell was born in Jamshedpur, India, in 1925. A student of zoology, he founded the Jersey Wildlife Preservation Trust on the Channel Island of Jersey. His other books include A Zoo in My Luggage and The Whispering Land (both available from Penguin).

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