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Like a breath of fresh air.
on 21 February 2013
I first read this book when aged about 11 in 1973. Gerald Durrell opened up a whole new world for me by talking about his animal expeditions to find creatures which, in some cases, were right on the brink of extinction. His work convinced zoologists to consider the environment in a broad and responsible new way who went on to encourage universities to offer courses in environmental matters. Equally, Durrell was able to open a specialist zoo on Jersey which has become a leader in conservation work and alerted thousands of people to the danger that mankind poses to our planet if we do nothing to support it.
Through humour, observation and by using beautiful prose, the author captivates a reader from page 1 onwards. I purchased this book, complete with its original 1960's cover and delightful illustrations, because I cherish the the pleasure and recall fondly my introduction to all that Durrell was able to reveal to me through his words. It would be just as much pleasure for new readers to pick up the most recent paperback.