Beasts in My Belfry
Written with Gerald Durrell's usual sharp eye for observing humour in any situation, Beasts in my Belfry will delight fans both old and new.
This is a charming account of Gerald Durrell's first job in 1945 as a student keeper at Whipsnade Zoo. Over a year, we encounter a typically absurd cast - including Albert the lion, who's a dab hand at ventriloquism, and Teddy the brown bear, with whom the young Durrell sings duets. With notebook and pen in hand, the eager young Durrell observes his co-workers and animal charges alike. Whether getting dirty mucking out the buffalo enclosure or attempting to cajole a jitter-bugging gnu into a transportation crate, life at the zoo is certainly never boring.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - satyridae - LibraryThing
This is Durrell's memoir of his year at Whipsnade Zoo in the 1940s. He was 19 or 20, and it was his first real job. He lived at the zoo and learned about keepering as it was in those days. This ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Harmless_Dilettante - LibraryThing
Amusing, but I don’t think I’ll ever like Durrell as much as he apparently likes himself. Read full review