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My Family and Other Animals (Essential Penguin) [Paperback]

Gerald Durrell
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25 Feb 1999 Essential Penguin

Soaked in the sunshine of Corfu, where the author lived as a boy, this delightful book tells of Gerald Durrell's early life with his 'family and other animals'.

Brought vividly to life are the extraordinary members of the Durrell family and theirmany eccentric hangers-on, as well as the bizarre menagerie Gerry adopts for closer study. The procession of creatures he brings back to the strawberry-pink, the daffodil-yellow or the snow-white villa includes toads and tortoises, bats and butterflies, scorpions and geckos, ladybirds, glow-worms, octopuses and rose-beetles, Quasimodo the pigeon, the puppies Widdle and Puke and, of course, the Magenpies.

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; New Ed edition (25 Feb 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140282599
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140282597
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 2 x 18.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 534,918 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a self-described "champion of small uglies," Gerald Durrell (1925-1995) devoted his life to writing and the preservation of wildlife, from the Mauritius pink pigeon to the Rodriques fruit bat. My Family and Other Animals was intended to embrace the natural history of the Greek island of Corfu, but ended up as a delightful account of his family's experiences that were, according to him, "rather like living in one of the more flamboyant and slapstick comic operas".

As a 10-year-old boy, Gerry left England for Corfu with "all those items that I thought necessary to relieve the tedium of a long journey: four books on natural history, a butterfly net, a dog, and a jam-jar full of caterpillars all in imminent danger of turning into chrysalids". Durrell's descriptions of his family and its many eccentric hangers-on (he stresses that "all the anecdotes about the island and the islanders are absolutely true") are highly entertaining, as is the procession of toads, scorpions, geckos, ladybugs, glowworms, octopuses, the puppies Widdle and Puke, and the Magenpies. This is a lovely book. --Christine Buttery --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


* Hugh Bonneville gives a lovely reading...Delicious! Daily Express * Hugh Bonneville...relishes his succession of roles. The Times --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful
What can I say about this wonderful book that can possibly do it justice? I first read it 30 years ago, and I am convinced that it was on the strength of this book that I passed my English Literature G.C.E!! It is an incredible book. It is full of funny, warm characters, and of course, the amazing animals! It must have been like heaven to be a small boy on the island of Corfu. It was this book which made me determined to visit Corfu one day, and when I did, I wasn't disappointed. It evoked for me wonderful images of a country I had never visited, and made me long to see it. The Durrell family are a delight, and the way that Gerald tells the story makes you feel as though you are actually there! I loved it, and still do.My children have read it
and they also love it. It is I think an enduring book, one which will continue to delight readers for many years to come.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GERALD DURRELL MUST READ 15 Jun 2001
The first Gerald Durrell book I ever read,my mum recommended to me, I thought it would be very boring and in reply said no, but for my birthday she got me his fist 2 books written, I decided i should read it and, as I started to read it I couldnt put it down, set in the sunny country of Corfu, it was very funny, exciting and showed a real inside to that happy go lucky boy Gerald Durrell, full of laughs which he, his 2 brothers, his mother, his sister and of course his dog called Roger.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true natural history classic 17 Sep 2004
By J. Charlesworth VINE VOICE
I hadn't read this for a while, and I'd forgotten how simply perfect it is. I was introduced to Durrell by my parents reading this aloud to me as a small child.
As a keen naturalist I loved the descriptions of the animals and his sheer enthusiasm for all kinds of life. I think my parents blame Gerald Durrell for all the animals I brought home after being inspired by his work. The descriptions are stunning and the family anecdotes endlessly amusing.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I wish I could give it 6 stars! 23 April 2007
This book is absolutely, brilliantly funny. The wit and unique characterizations are woven with great descriptions of the animals and plants of Corfu. That Durrell can hold the attention of readers who have no interest in biology simply demonstrates what a fine work this is. Gerald's depiction of a larger-than-life expatriate family on a larger-than-life Greek island is a tremendous celebration of life. The variety of different Greek characters parading through this book rivals the variety of Corfu's flora and fauna. Absolute great read!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely charming and very easy to read 27 Aug 2003
By georgie
I read My Family And Other Animals whilst on holiday in Corfu and I couldn't have picked a better book to take with me. The story features a somewhat eccentric English family who move to Corfu because they're fed up with living in England. It tells of their experiences mainly from the eyes of the youngest family member, Gerry (Gerald Durrell).
I found this book absolutely charming and very easy to read. The siblings are unforgettable; bossy Larry with his love of literature, Leslie and his guns, Margo with her acne and of course Gerry with his animal collection.
There's a strong sense of freedom in the Durrell's new home and this makes for amusing reading throughout, especially when coupled with Mother's English reserve.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars my family and other animals 31 Dec 2004
By A Customer
A book I first read as a child, and still continue to read. I love it. Inspired me to become a veterinarian.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious. Don't miss it. 7 Jun 2001
By A Customer
Gerald Durrell has an amazing talent for making you laugh out loud - he knows just how to tell his stories about the various birds, insects and animals he comes across as a boy in Corfu.
The descriptions of Corfu really make you want to visit, and the stories about himself and his own family are absolutely hilarious. This book is the best one to read if you haven't read any of his writing before.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A charming story - Genuinely funny 5 Nov 2003
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. The stories within each chapter are filled with animals, the wonderful eccentricities of Durrel's family and the other residents of Corfu. The island and the authors childhood sound wonderful and I would recommend this book to anyone seeking something light-hearted, interesting and amusing.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Print was far too small
The book was far to small to read comfortably. I had to order a used book that was printed in a sensible size.
Published 2 days ago by Tracy Lawson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
A fantastic story in a great book. Excellent condition upon arrival. Thank you very much. I hope my son will enjoy it as much as I did as a kid.
Published 16 days ago by M. HUNWICK
5.0 out of 5 stars my favourite book
This is my favourite book of all time. I cannot read it without weeping with laughter and joy. I bought this for a friend who now it as much as I do.
Published 21 days ago by gayabandon
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Everyone buy it!!!! The value is awsome and i think you would love it! never say no to this book just say yes!! get it now! buy, buy, buy!!!!
Published 26 days ago by Charley39
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous read
Having watched and enjoyed the TV series back in the late 80's, I only recently discovered the book! Fabulously descriptive read, loved every minute of it.
Published 1 month ago by Lynn, Hull
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
We wish we had as many animals as Gerry. Extremely well-told stories, Durrell used metaphors masterfully. A very good book.
Published 1 month ago by Bab, Chub and Coo
5.0 out of 5 stars The narrator brings Gerald Durrell's words back to life.
It helps bring back fond memories of Corfu as it was over 30 years ago. If only things were the same today.
Published 1 month ago by John Tester
5.0 out of 5 stars Hardback
Seemed very small for a hard back copy but apart from that very happy. May suit some as easy to store and carry.
Published 1 month ago by Lynn Moore
4.0 out of 5 stars brilliant read
Great read, thoroughly enjoyed this book I could picture everything that they got up to on the island, such a good story I actually felt part of the family- well worth a read
Published 2 months ago by Lemberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical
A really great read filled with very vivid descriptions and hilarious anecdotes and characters. Transported me to another world for the time I was reading it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by T. Glass
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