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Birds, Beasts, and Relatives Paperback – 29 Jun 2004
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A delightful book full of simple, well-known things: cicadas in the olive groves, lamp fishing at night, the complexities of fish and animals?but, above all, childhood molded by these things and intimately recalled in middle age. ("The New York Times Book Review")
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'We were going back to Corfu. We were going back to the enchanted olive groves and blue sea, to the warmth and laughter of our friends, to the long, golden, gentle days . . .'
In this second collection of tales concerning the Durrell family on the island of Corfu, young Gerry continues to be captivated by the fascinating flora and fauna of their adopted home - much to the bemusement and upset of his long suffering siblings and mother.
Whether it's lamp fishing by night or roving the countryside with his mentor Theodore, Gerry encounters intoxicated hedgehogs, tarantulas, dung beetles, water spiders and other animals, some of which become the family's very unwanted pets.
'A wild and amusing chronicle' Daily Express
Book Two of the Corfu trilogy
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This story of Gerry and his completely eccentric family is a further amusing chronicle of parts of his childhood spent growing up on the sun-drenched island of Corfu, (though is not actually a sequel) and I loved every word of it. It's funny and witty and by now you really do feel like you know Gerry and his madcap siblings and incredibly tolerant mother personally. Durrell has a vibrant, believable way with words and re-telling stories that really does make you think you were there, and is so humorous with it at the same time. He manages to bring people to life- the way he depicts his older brothers Larry (pompous) and Leslie (firearm crazy) is utterly hilarious and it never ceases to amuse me that his mother puts up with whatever insect/animal happens to end up on her veranda. I wasn't even allowed a hamster until I was a teenager, so I'm particularly envious of Durrell's assorted array of pets!
This book of course also recounts Durrell's exploits in studying and adopting the strangest of creatures that he finds on the island- in this book he quite happily watches tarantulas, captures seahorses and rescues more injured owls amongst other things. I'm also happy to report that Widdle and Puke, his naughty puppies are back, along with Roger the dog. There's also an abundance of eclectic characters introduced, from the drunkard Captain Creech (to whom the quote above is attributed to) to charlatan psychics to the hilarious Countess Mavrodaki. Spiro is also back- yay!
As much a study of characters as a book about the island and its animals, Birds, Beasts and Relatives really does immerse you into a young boy's wonderful sounding childhood. Durrell is one of my favourite writers and I really, really adore the Corfu books in particular. If you like funny, easy reading then I cannot recommend these highly enough.
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