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The Best of Gerald Durrell Paperback – 16 Feb 1998
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‘Lee Durrell has distilled an intoxicating miniature of a man who, when the history of our times slots into final place, will be judged among the greats.’ Mail on Sunday
‘Hilarious, serious, provocative, informative and moving.’ New Scientist
A collection of Gerald Durrell's writings, as selected by his widow Lee. Durrell grew up in Corfu and it was there that he developed his love for the natural world. When he died in 1995 he had written nearly 40 books and been a celebrated champion of conservation.See all Product description
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However, I was happily wrong. The passages given undoubtably show Durrell at his supreme best and highlight his ability to make even the slightest thing interesting, entertaining and touching.
Something quite outstanding happened to me whilst reading this book. I looked up in the midst of it and genuinely expected to see Pere David deer running about, to see a great lion, or to be confronted by a huge smiling chimpanzee. That feeling was incredible. No other author has ever involved me like that, and I do not believe any other ever will.
In my mind he was the most amazing man - and this book more than ably highlights this. An excellent introduction to the Durrell genius, or a welcome reminder to the veteren reader, of a most splendid man.
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