- Paperback: 768 pages
- Publisher: Penguin (3 Aug. 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0141028416
- ISBN-13: 978-0141028415
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 4.6 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (305 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,952 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Corfu Trilogy Paperback – 3 Aug 2006
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About the Author
Born in India in 1925, Gerald Durrell settled on Corfu with his family as a boy, and immediately became fascinated by the island's natural history. He spent much of his time studying the local wildlife and kept numerous, and often unusual, pets. He grew up to be a famous naturalist, animal-collector and conservationist. Over his lifetime he wrote 37 books, went on dozens of animal-collecting trips and presented numerous TV shows. He founded Jersey Zoo in 1959 as a centre for the conservation of endangered species, and created the Jersey Wildlife Conservation Trust in 1963. Gerald ran the Zoo from its foundation until his death in 1995, and his wife Lee is still Honorary Director of the Trust.
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Top Customer Reviews
The writing is engaging, warm and funny. The characters really spring to life, and rarely are both humans and animals portraid in such depth.
Above all, Durrell led the most remarkable of lives, and it's a privaledge to be guided through some its highlights. If you love either people, animals or funny stories, this is for you.
I had only previously read 'My Family & Other Animals', the first of the three autobiographical books brought together in this volume, and that was thirty years ago. I started with an element of uncertainty that I would find that a book that had enchanted me all those years ago would be somewhat disappointing in later life. I need not have worried. It is still an enchanting read for both adults and children, beautifully written, evoking a type of childhood that is probably gone now forever. It is also frequently 'laugh out loud' funny. I also enjoyed the two additional books which were new to me. They cover the same time period but enhance earlier stories of the family's life in Corfu and relate new ones.
The first book here, My Family and Other Animals is the main piece, the other two books as such are really a collection of further reminiscences. There are things that you will find you know from the TV series, although there are differences as well, so don’t expect the two to be completely the same. Set in the Thirties the family are originally living in Bournemouth, when Larry the eldest son persuades his mother and the other siblings that a stay in somewhere such as sunny and hot Corfu is what the family needs. So mother, Larry, Leslie, Margo and Gerry (Gerald Durrell, the narrator) make their way to the lovely Greek island. Originally staying at a hotel, with the help of Spiro, a cab driver the family are soon settling into life in a villa.
As we see Spiro is of much help to the family, as is Theodore, who visits at least once a week. We see the strange and wonderful things that happen with this family and Gerry’s ever growing menagerie of animals, taking in all sorts, from dogs and a donkey, through birds to fish and insect life.Read more ›
A great read and memoir of how things were in those times at Corfu.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
We bought this book after watching the PBS presentation of the Durrells in Corfu. We loved the PBS series and wondered if the book would be just as good. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Birdman
Very descriptive and witty and interesting. Love the way Gerald writes about the characters and reading about their lives and what they got up to. Very good.Published 18 days ago by Von
Funny, warm, touching. Evocative of a certain time and of Corfu. I read the whole lot while on holiday in Italy. It was a sad moment when I realised I'd reached the end.Published 27 days ago by snowmoonelk
Having read this I realise how well the recent BBC series was cast. A most enjoyable read. I love Corfu!Published 1 month ago by Smithy
Another gem from Gerald Durrell. 3 books in one, what a great bargain!Published 1 month ago by Ffion Fandango
IYet another fascinating book that I couldn't read fast enough. What an amazing life he had and achieved so much despite setbacks. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Joy Beckett
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