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If you want a humourous light read, read this.
on 14 November 1998
This book chronicles Gerald Durrell's collecting trip to Bafut in Africa. Masterfully, he paints a vivid and beautiful picture of his surroundings and brings to life some of the most memorable characters I have read. The convival Africans to the Fon of Bafut, Durrell manages to use these characters to capture our hearts. What is truly amazing is that these characters actually have existed! Durrell hears a song in the croaking of Hairy Frogs, he sees a dance in the movement monkeys and a supercilious expression on the face of Chomley the chimpanzee. The descriptions in this book as painstaking as they are amusing. No one brings the Cameroons alive the way Durrell does. However, it is not the animals that are the main stars of the book, but the fon of Bafut himself. With great vigour, the fon dances the Durrell version of the conga, catches the fabled Que-Fong- Goo and of course, never fails to imbibe in a liberal amount of spirits. Read this book not only to get fine description and a good laugh but discover the African culture as you never have before.