Gerald Durrell: My Family Other Animals



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Ister moved to from Britain They lived there from 1935 to 1939 The beauty of the place depicted by Durrell is dazzling in all seasons in all times of the day Nowadays Corfu probably looks ite different with thousands of tourists but I m sure the magic captured in My Family and Other Animals still lingers there Outside the island was striped and patched in black and silver by moonlight Far down in the dark cypress trees the owls called to each other comfortingly The sky looked as black and soft as a mole skin covered with a delicate dew of stars The magnolia tree loomed vast over the house its branches full of white blooms like a hundred miniature reflections of the moon and their thick sweet scent hung over the veranda languorously the scent that was an enchantment luring you out into the mysterious moonlit countryside The enchantment really works Since I finished My family and Other Animals I have been dreaming of going to CorfuHerbert List Ionian island of Pondikoisi seen from Kanoni Corfu 1937Image sourceD is for Dandy Dinmont TerrierMother s dog Dodo constantly challenges beauty standards Affectionately called by Larry that canine Frankenstein E is for educationGerry doesn t attend any schools on Corfu he has lessons with tutors I m sure you will be astonished by the gallery of his eccentric teachersF is for familyThe most obvious thing you are attracted to are the adventures of the Durrells and their portrayals but there is something not so obvious worth exploring also I mean the relationships between the members of the family full of warmth and tolerance One of the keys to the success is probably the fact that they are communicating almost all the time we seemed Programming in Objective C unable to extract the full flavour of our letters and magazinesnless they were shared The siblings are nasty to each other at times but even the most malicious remarks have a cordial lining Gerry Durrell and a part of his family 1936 The Daffodil Yellow Villa in the backgroundImage sourceG is for guestsMostly neurotic artists and writers Invited spontaneously in large amounts Sometimes the fresh load of guests would turn Beyond Band of Brothers up before we had got rid of the previous group and the chaos was indescribable H is for humourUbiuitarian It s one of the most hilarious books I ve ever read I would have never guessed that Durrell was seriously ill while writing My family and Other Animals he was recovering from jaundice If you think it s sensible enough not to read this book in public places to prevent bursts ofncontrollable laughter you are wrong And I m speaking from experience It is enough to recall some scenes to get hysterical while you are for example travelling on a bus or doing shopping You will encounter various kinds of humour funny situations chucklesome comments cranky personalities elements of black humour or a comedy full of gags Living in Corfu was rather like living in one of the flamboyant and slapstick comic operas I is for I am gratefulThree Goodreads friends inspired and convinced me to read this ludicrous book Thanks from the bottom of my heart to Jennifer B Julie and Roman Clodia I will always associate them with this The Water Of Life uproarious amazing read and it will make my mem When I was a little girl I dreamed of becoming a veterinarian someday I loved learning about animals We were never without a cat and a dog We were the proud owners of some clever parakeets One of them would perch on the back of the dog and hitch a ride around the living room Hobie the poodle was less enthused than Cocoa the bird I loved reading books about four legged critters Looking back none of these things were all too astonishing didn t every little kid have pets and a desire to be a vet However my parents drew the line at these domesticated household pets Certainly a tortoise was out of theestion as was a lizard or a gecko A scorpion would not even have crossed my mind In fact about five years ago I was cleaning out the basement yanking down boxes that had traveled with my husband from his childho. Hy my brothers and sisters complain so much With snakes in the bath and scorpions on the lunch.

I would like to make a point of stressing that all the anecdotes about the island and the islanders are absolutely true Living in Corfu was rather like living in one of the flamboyant and slapstick comic operas thus claims Gerald Durrell in his Speech of Defense or as other authors would prefer to call it The Foreword or IntroductionGerard Durrell My grateful thanks then toMy wife who pleased me by laughing The Year of Living Biblically uproariously when reading the manuscript only to inform me that it was my spelling that amused herSophie my secretary who was responsible for the introduction of commas and the ruthless eradication of the split infinitives Split infinitives was a popular vice for authors such as Daniel Defoe Benjamin Franklin William Wordsworth Abraham Lincoln George Eliot Henry James and Willa Cather view spoilerPardon me I never even realized that I might ruffle a few feathers bysing it myself That s beside the point hide spoiler This is a perfectly charming memoir written by Gerald Durrell a well known British naturalist and zookeeper It s charming because it chronicles his experiences with his family on Corfu as a 10 year old animal enthusiast It s charming because it is beautifully written It s charming because it is humorous It s charming because his family is so colonial and ooze Englishness but at the same time are ite nconventional For all those reasons I would recommend this book and indeed I had a few chuckles over the antics of the various animals I had chuckles when the humans were involved though as I found the family dynamics really funny if not entirely realisticIt s a lovely palette cleanser between the heavy literary fiction I ve been reading that is certain It s an escape to not only another country and time but also from reality This story while having a certain truth that comes with memoirs has been distinctly sanitised If this is to be believed this family s biggest troubles are that one of their dogs hips comes out of place from time to time or that they ve argued over the naming of a homemade boat or that they had too many guests to comfortably accommodateIt s a sweet Winnie The Pooh world It s an ncomplicated kind rendering of all characters and animals within If you can settle into this you will no doubt enjoy yourself If you are looking for anything beyond you ll find yourself looking longingly over your TBR list where the complexities of Updike Franzen Laurence Atwood and many others beckon35 stars My Family and Other Animals Corfu Trilogy 1 Gerald DurrellMy Family and Other Animals 1956 is an autobiographical work by British naturalist Gerald Durrell It tells of the years that he lived as a child with his siblings and widowed mother on the Greek island of Corfu between 1935 and 1939 It describes the life of the Durrell family in a humorous manner and explores the fauna of the island It is the first and most well known of Durrell s Corfu trilogy together with Birds Beasts and Relatives 1969 and The Garden of the Gods 1978 1996 1363 323 1376 326 9646194338 1386 1393 1395 9789646194335 1397 20 20031399 I loved My family and Other Animals 1956 by Gerald Durrell from start to finish thoroughly and in detail That s why I will tell you about it from A to ZA is for animalsThe way Gerald Durrell describes them is nbeatable He casts a spell on you not only when he portrays For the Love of All Thats Holy, Dont Buy a Boat When Venus is in Retrograde uite spectacular species but alsoite prosaic ones Gerry DurrellImage sourceB is for bathing costumeThe chapter in which mother purchases an extravagant garment covered from top to bottom with hundreds of frills and pleats and tucks is one of my absolute favourites Just to give you a foretaste What is it asked Larry at length It s a bathing costume of course said Mother What on earth did you think it was It looks to me like a badly skinned whale said Larry peering at it closelyC is for Corfu Here in Corfu said Theodore his eyes twinkling with pride anything can happen A picturesue Greek island Gerry aged ten and his family mother two older brothers and one Sometimes it's pretty hard to tell them apart my family and the animals that is I don't know

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Od home to his first home to the home we now share together There was a curious little wooden box among some of his old letters and cards to and from old teen aged flames yes I peeked at these I opened the wooden box expecting to see a piece of jewelry or some curious memento from one of these girls Instead what I found was the shell of a scorpion I m certain this would not have fazed Gerry Durrell in the least I however ceased my snooping for the day I later found out that this had been a treasured pet while my husband was away at college Cats and dogs weren t allowed in the dormitory but apparently there were no rules about keeping a scorpion Gerry would have approvedThis book is the first in Gerald Durrell s Corfu trilogy It s a memoir of his time as a youngster spent on that enchanting Greek island along with his mother and siblings It highlights his love for wildlife his affinity with the natural world We get a glimpse of this conservationist and writer s first encounters with the animals he grew to cherish and protect on a professional level He tells his story with clarity and humor His family gets mixed Scary Stories 3 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 animalsI laughed at so many of the personal anecdotes savored the beautiful descriptions of the island and was entertained by his interactions with many of the island locals The encounter with the Rose beetle Man what a fantastic figure this man must have been a meeting with a convict let out for a temporary jaunt and the appointments with various tutors including one withite the impressive bird collection all pointed to the fact that Gerry lived ite an extraordinary young life 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 I didn t just highlight the funny stuff although there are loads of those bits marked p too but passages like this one left me gaga over his choice of words Gradually the magic of the island settled over The Bartender us as gently and clingingly as pollen Each day had a tranuility a timelessness about it so that you wished it would never end But then the dark skin of night would peel off and there would be a fresh day waiting fors glossy and colourful as a child s transfer and with the same tinge of Tono Bungay unrealityNaturally the stars of this memoir were the animals from Roger his faithful dog to a pair of water snakes to a tortoise wedding and honeymoon rated PG 13 to a ferocious battle to the death between a praying mantis and a gecko Gerry s descriptions are hilarious and compelling I loved the way he personified all of his creatures You can tell instantly that these are not just animals but an important and vibrant part of his life Don t forget that Roger is a dog Roger and I would suat 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 entertains 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 moneyCheck out this rendezvous with a pair of toads They suatted there like two obese leprous Buddhas peering at me and gulping in that guilty way that toads have 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 themselve. Table our house on the island of Corfu is a bit like a circus So they should feel right at ho.

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