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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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I really loved that but found the Corfu Trilogy very 'samey' & actually not that amusing.
The TV series irritated me intensely as none of the characters fitted the originals & was obviously done in a way that the masses want as in Mrs Durrell being all 'glam' & not as I feel she really was.
Shoot me at dawn but sometimes I do feel that less is more!!
Of course, there is an outdated element to the books. No child today should be encouraged or allowed to collect the vast number of animals that Durrell did, which included robbing birds’ nests and other (now) illegal activities! So I would imagine a child reading it today might be amazed at what the young Gerald got away with. But hopefully it might lead to some useful discussions on protecting wildlife, and conserving habitats and ecosystems, rather than taking animals from the wild and keeping them in cages. And hopefully the same children might realise that things were different then, and that the young Gerald’s nest-robbing etc. laid the foundation for his later magnificent work in breeding and protecting endangered species.
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