Start by marking “My Family and Other Animals (Corfu Trilogy, #1)” as Want to Read: See all 5 questions about My Family and Other Animals. Naturalist Gerald Durrell's magical s childhood with his eccentric family on the Greek island of Corfu. My Family and Other Animals () is an autobiographical work by British naturalist Gerald My Family and Other Animals rockghotreamenla.gq First edition. My Family and Other Animals is the bewitching account of a rare and magical childhood on the island of Corfu by treasured British conservationist Gerald Durrell.
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It highlights his love for wildlife, his affinity with the natural world. He tells his story with clarity and humor. His family gets mixed up in the stories along the way, and this just added to the charm of the book. I love the way he explains his intentions in the introduction: "It was originally intended to be a mildly nostalgic account of the natural history of the island, but I made a grave mistake by introducing my family into the book in the first few pages.
Having got themselves on paper, they then proceeded to establish themselves and invite various friends to share the chapters. It was only with the greatest difficulty, and by exercising considerable cunning, that I managed to retain a few pages here and there which I could devote exclusively to animals.
The encounter with the Rose-beetle Man what a fantastic figure this man must have been! I expected to be amused by and pleased with this story, but what I found to be a pleasant surprise was that Gerald Durrell could really write! Each day had a tranquility, a timelessness, about it, so that you wished it would never end.
I loved the way he personified all of his creatures. Don't forget that Roger is a dog: "Roger and I would squat by the hour in the heather, watching the tortoise knights in their ill-fitting armour jousting for the ladies, and the contests never failed to entertain us.
Sometimes we would lay bets with each other as to which one was going to win, and by the end of the summer Roger had backed so many losers that he owed me a considerable amount of money. Holding one in each hand, it was like handling two flaccid, leathery balloons, and the toads blinked their fine golden filigreed eyes at me, and settled themselves more comfortably on my fingers, gazing at me trustfully, their wide, thick-lipped mouths seeming to spread in embarrassed and uncertain grins.
I was rather interested to learn that Gerald Durrell was dedicated to protecting endangered species during his adult life.
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