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4.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening, warm and funny, 23 Feb 2009
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S. Bailey (Newton Abbot, Devon, UK) - See all my reviews
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The Mockery Bird is set in a fantasy world in the last days of empire and is based around the curious and unique environment of the mockery bird. This is one of Gerald Durrell's fictional books, but is strangely thought provoking, and indeed I put this down as one of my reasons for studying the environment at university level.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gentle Fun with a Message, 29 April 2013
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This is one of those books that need to be accompanied by one of the following: a) A warm, lazy summer day, a long cold drink and perhaps slices of delicious mixed exotic fruit. Or b) A log fire burning warm and bright, a lazy day, a long cool drink and perhaps some slices of mixed exotic fruit. The first one is the best. I lent my copy of this book to someone and didn't get it back so I was happy to be able to get another copy. Gerald Durrell's descriptions of the island of Zenkali and it's motley collection of eccentric characters is delightful, if a rather un PC in places, this is not badly meant but shows the pompous, snobbish values held by some people who believe they are a 'cut above the rest.' One can almost see, hear and smell the market place, the town, the crystal clear sea and the surrounding countryside. The many eccentric characters are often so well described, that I have to wonder who they were based on.
This book does push home the message about how destroying some parts of our planet can have an unknown, knock on, destructive effect on other parts of our planet and wildlife. It's not a lecture but a reminder about the delicate balance of nature.
All in all a delightful book but do take the time to savour the descriptions because Durrell excels in painting pictures with words.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Passion for preservation of the natural world, 1 Feb 2013
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Ian Smith (Cessy, France) - See all my reviews
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One of those few novels where the cover design so completely captures the sprit of the book. Vibrant colour, cartoon characters, a whiff of romance, and the outlandish beauty of creation. In fact, you could probably get away with purchasing the cover alone and you'd have a pretty comprehensive understanding of this delightful read, as the blurb on the inside cover rather unnecessarily provides the complete plot! It's standard Durrell - impossibly larger than life characters, rich descriptive language of food and nature, humourous dialogue, and politically incorrect (somewhat paternalistic) caricatures. But all wrapped up in a passion for the preservation of the natural world, and a childlike wonder in the beauty, complexity and interdependence of the world we live in. A lovely read.
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