The Whispering Land

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Viking Press, 1962 - Animals - 235 pages
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This book is the perfect read for any lazy day or vacation It takes you to a different place and time and you cant help but fall in love with the animals and characters. My favorite book of Gerald ... Read full review

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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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Gerald Durrell was born on January 7, 1925 in Jamshedpur, India to British parents. After the death of his father in 1928, the family lived in England and Europe before settling in Corfu, where he spent much of his childhood. Educated by private tutors, he became interested in natural history and amassed a private collection of dozens of creatures from scorpions to owls. He went on numerous wildlife expeditions and founded the Jersey Zoological Park and the Jersey Wildlife Preservation Trust with the purpose of breeding endangered species. His first book, The Overloaded Ark, was published in 1953. He wrote 37 books during his lifetime including My Family and Other Animals, The Bafut Beagles, A Zoo in My Luggage, Rosy Is My Relative, and The Mockery Bird. He received the Order of the British Empire in 1982 and was featured in the United Nations' Roll of Honor for Environmental Achievement in 1988. He died from complications related to a liver transplant on January 30, 1995 at the age of 70.

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