My Family and Other Animals (Csa Word Recording) Audio CD – Abridged, Audiobook, CD
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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.
"Hugh Bonneville gives a lovely reading...Delicious!" (Daily Express)
"Hugh Bonneville...relishes his succession of roles." (The Times)
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and they also love it. It is I think an enduring book, one which will continue to delight readers for many years to come.
EVERYONE WILL LOVE THIS BOOK!!!
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.Read more ›
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 is a joy to read. The author's family are a bunch of eccentrics,as are all the others in this book,including the non humans. Read morePublished 41 minutes ago by Pappashanga
Ordered this book after watching tv series and the fact we are off on holiday to Corfu in 3 weeks time. Read morePublished 6 days ago by sixtieswarbler
Bought for grandson who enjoyed pathetic TV series The Durrells, he's loving the book tooPublished 19 days ago by Sarah Middleton
The parcel was completely torn open on one edge. Luckily the books were perfectPublished 24 days ago by Vittorio D.
Gerald Durrell’s “My Family and Other Animals” is one of two great works of childhood autobiography produced in England during the late 1950s, the other being Laurie Lee’s “Cider... Read morePublished 26 days ago by J C E Hitchcock
Bought it for granddaughter aged 12 and hopefully she is enjoying it. I read it many years ago and loved it.Published 1 month ago by georgina
This is an enchanting book, which shows among other things how Gerald Durrell eventually became a world-famous natuiralist and conservationist. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Max Markham