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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Canongate CSA Audio; Main edition (26 Aug. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906147698
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906147693
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 12.7 x 14.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (327 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 238,290 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a self-described "champion of small uglies," Gerald Durrell (1925-1995) devoted his life to writing and the preservation of wildlife, from the Mauritius pink pigeon to the Rodriques fruit bat. My Family and Other Animals was intended to embrace the natural history of the Greek island of Corfu, but ended up as a delightful account of his family's experiences that were, according to him, "rather like living in one of the more flamboyant and slapstick comic operas".

As a 10-year-old boy, Gerry left England for Corfu with "all those items that I thought necessary to relieve the tedium of a long journey: four books on natural history, a butterfly net, a dog, and a jam-jar full of caterpillars all in imminent danger of turning into chrysalids". Durrell's descriptions of his family and its many eccentric hangers-on (he stresses that "all the anecdotes about the island and the islanders are absolutely true") are highly entertaining, as is the procession of toads, scorpions, geckos, ladybugs, glowworms, octopuses, the puppies Widdle and Puke, and the Magenpies. This is a lovely book. --Christine Buttery --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Paperback
What can I say about this wonderful book that can possibly do it justice? I first read it 30 years ago, and I am convinced that it was on the strength of this book that I passed my English Literature G.C.E!! It is an incredible book. It is full of funny, warm characters, and of course, the amazing animals! It must have been like heaven to be a small boy on the island of Corfu. It was this book which made me determined to visit Corfu one day, and when I did, I wasn't disappointed. It evoked for me wonderful images of a country I had never visited, and made me long to see it. The Durrell family are a delight, and the way that Gerald tells the story makes you feel as though you are actually there! I loved it, and still do.My children have read it
and they also love it. It is I think an enduring book, one which will continue to delight readers for many years to come.
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The first Gerald Durrell book I ever read,my mum recommended to me, I thought it would be very boring and in reply said no, but for my birthday she got me his fist 2 books written, I decided i should read it and, as I started to read it I couldnt put it down, set in the sunny country of Corfu, it was very funny, exciting and showed a real inside to that happy go lucky boy Gerald Durrell, full of laughs which he, his 2 brothers, his mother, his sister and of course his dog called Roger.
EVERYONE WILL LOVE THIS BOOK!!!
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I remember reading My Family and Other Animals in Year 7, and when my son started Year 7 I bought this for him. Initially he found the vocabulary challenging, but I insisted he persevere. Before long he was unable to put it down, and as soon as he had finished asked me to get the next book. He was totally seduced by the characters and their stories, as I was when I was his age. It is such a hilarious read, and so well written, that you end up with tears streaming down your cheeks as you laugh like a madman while reading some of the adventures encountered by the various eccentric characters. What a life lived! Durrell was indeed blessed, and we are blessed to be able to share it with him.
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By M. Dowden HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 May 2016
Format: Paperback
Living in Bournemouth the Durrells are tempted and persuaded by Larry, the eldest child to travel to Corfu. And so mother, Larry, Leslie, Margo and our author and narrator, Gerald make the move.

This is the first book in the Corfu Trilogy, although if you have recently watched The Durrells on TV you will obviously find as is usual many differences between what is on the page, and what is shown on our screens, although some of the incidents mentioned here do appear.

Like fish out of water the family eventually wash up on the shores of Corfu taking up temporary residence in a hotel. But with the help of Spiro, a cab driver they are soon looking for and finding a house to call their own. With mum keeping house and Margo lazing around, Larry is busily writing a novel, Leslie is obsessed with guns and hunting, and Gerry is absolutely bonkers on studying animals. They are soon making friends and are often visited by Theodore, who is a naturalist and an ideal friend for Gerry. With other friends and the family themselves there are quite a few incidents.

As Gerald Durrell points out he was going to write about Corfu, the animals and the island, and his experiences with starting to study and become a naturalist, however his family kept getting in the way. But in a way this is a very good thing as we meet a number of different characters, get to see how the family interact, and what chaos Gerry inadvertently causes due to his love and collecting of fauna. Thus we have scorpions and snakes, geckos and magpies, along with a gull, terrapins, and tortoises and so on, with a positive menagerie in and around the house.
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This book is absolutely, brilliantly funny. The wit and unique characterizations are woven with great descriptions of the animals and plants of Corfu. That Durrell can hold the attention of readers who have no interest in biology simply demonstrates what a fine work this is. Gerald's depiction of a larger-than-life expatriate family on a larger-than-life Greek island is a tremendous celebration of life. The variety of different Greek characters parading through this book rivals the variety of Corfu's flora and fauna. Absolute great read!
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By BB on 13 Aug. 2006
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This book is a must-read. Hilarious, witty, well-written and with great characters - what more can you ask? It is, as the old cliché goes,"a timeless classic" and will transport you to a world that most of us can only dream about. As Durrell himself said, "If I had the craft of Merlin, I would give every child the gift of my childhood."

If you haven't read this book since your schooldays, I urge you to reread it. If you're looking for a great summer holiday read, this is it. If you have children, introduce them to it as soon as they are old enough.

In short, read this book - you will not regret it!
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This delightful, eminently readable account of the Durrells' four year stay on Corfu is extremely funny. Louisa Durrell was widowed as a young woman and found surviving on a small widow's pension with four children, aged 8 to approx. 23, was almost impossible in Bournemouth in the 1930's so they opted to move to a series of rented villas in Corfu where Gerry, little troubled by formal education, indulged his love for all forms of animal and insect life and turned each home into a highly idiosyncratic zoo. All four Durrell children are incredibly selfish and unsupportive of their struggling mother and all four achieve an incredible measure of freedom to do whatever they want. Laurie the struggling writer uses the time to type out his first short stories and novels somewhat hampered by his brother Leslie removing the letter 'x' from his typewriter to stop him writing too much about sex. Meanwhile gun-obsessed Leslie rampages through the book shooting everything he can find from wild boars and hares to snipe and small birds to provide food. Margo the only girl, third child is only interested in boyfriends,fashion and sunbathing. It's a joyous romp of a book especially the accounts of their many mainly Greek friends and their wild parties. I especially enjoyed the accounts of their trips in the 'Sea Cow ' and the 'Bootle-Bum Bum-trinket' and the descriptions of the wonderful Greek entrepreneur Spiro, their Mr Fixit for all eventualities, and the hypochondriac all purpose maid Lugaretzia.
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