My Family and Other Animals

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Penguin Books, 2004 - 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
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Funny, entertaining AND educational. - Goodreads
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Very intense imagery and plenty of humor. - Goodreads

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

User Review  - Annette Jordan - Goodreads

A lovely read full of gorgeously descriptive prose that vividly brings the characters and island setting to life. I say characters because some of the animals have as much personality as the people. Full of humorous observations this book is well described as a "comfort read " Read full review

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

User Review  - Jennie Geiman - Goodreads

This is such a funny and endearing book. Gerald Durrell is a famous conservationist while his older brother is an author. The rest of the family is equally hysterical. The descriptions of Corfu will ... Read full review

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About the author (2004)

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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