My family and other animals 2
If you haven’t read My Family and Other Animals, do so – preferably with a child
My Family and Other Animals is the semi-autobiographical account of prepubescent Gerald's expat life on the Greek island of Corfu with his upper crust, eccentric, English family. Happily, this entertaining book far-exceeded my expectations. I rediscovered the same Mediterranean island from my boyhood wish list; a sun-drenched idyll of olive groves, cypress trees and hidden coves. The author's personification of animals extends to goats, whose "udders swing like bagpipes" and also in respect of some tortoise-shagging the tortoises with each other, not any deviant behaviour on Durrell's part. Set in the s, before the hedonism of mass tourism had descended on the Greek islands, Gerald Durrell put the 'Cor! This is not just a novel for bookish school kids. I enjoyed it as a boy and I relished it even more as an adult.
My Family and Other Animals Sheree Folkson, 2005
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. Escaping the ills of the British climate, the Durrell family - acne-ridden Margo, gun-toting Leslie, bookworm Lawrence and budding naturalist Gerry, along with their long-suffering mother and Roger the dog - take off for the island of Corfu. But the Durrells find that, reluctantly, they must share their various villas with a menagerie of local fauna - among them scorpions, geckos, toads, bats and butterflies. Recounted with immense humour and charm My Family and Other Animals is a wonderful account of a rare, magical childhood. Durrell has an uncanny knack of discovering human as well as animal eccentricities. Gerald Durrell, OBE — was an English naturalist, zookeeper, conservationist, author, and television presenter. He founded what is now called the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust and the Jersey Zoo now Durrell Wildlife Park on the Channel Island of Jersey in , but is perhaps best remembered for writing a number of books based on his life as an animal collector and enthusiast.