My Family and Other Animals

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Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated, 1984 - Nature - 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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Absolute literature delight! Entertaining, light, and funny! Love it!

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Contents

THE MIGRATION
3
THE UNSUSPECTED ISLE
7
THE STRAWBERRYPINK VILLA
17
Copyright

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About the author (1984)

Gerald Durrell was born on January 7, 1925 in Jamshedpur, India to British parents. After moving to the United Kingdom and mainland Europe, his family eventually settled on the Greek island of Corfu where he studied zoology and kept numerous local wild animals as pets. In 1945, he became a student keeper for the Whipsnade Zoo in England. He went on wildlife expeditions to Cameroon, British Guiana, Madagascar, and many other countries. He founded the Jersey Zoological Park and the Jersey Wildlife Preservation Trust with the purpose of breeding endangered species. My Family and Other Animals is his best-known book and tells of his childhood on Corfu. In 1962, he and his wife went to New Zealand, Australia, and Malaya to film a TV series, Two in the Bush. He died on January 30, 1995 after an extended illness.

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