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The basics of an academic syllabus spicing the ull stuff If it takes x number of men x hours to ig a trench with inserts culled from the natural world forget men and trenches substitute tortoises looking to safely lay Their EggsBest Of All Is An Extended Dramatic French Farce eggsBest of all is an extended ramatic French farce involving snakes and renegade birds Baby and Child Vegetarian Recipes discovered in unlikely placesuring a huge all ay party for family visiting friends and locals This had me snorting chuckling and guffawing in an otherwise silent tube carriage Irrepressibly joyous writing Tea would arrive the cakes suatting on cushions of cream toast in a melting shawl of butter cups agleam and a faint wisp of steam rising from the teapot spout This book and its seuels was turned into a successful TV mini series in the late 80s One I felt unable to watch The power of Durrell s writing creating those images of mantid malevolence meant I was scared in case they featured in the natural history bitsThere is such joy such elight such warmth in the writing and like the family falling under the spell of the landscape the reader falls in love with Durrell s gloriously unclich Der Illusionist d visceral evocation Gradually the magic of the island settled over us as gently and clingingly as pollen Eachay had a tranuillity a timelessness about it so that you wished it would never end But then the Enticing (PI Men to the Rescue dark skin of night would peel off and there would be a freshay waiting for us glossy and colourful as a child s transfer and with the same tinge of unreality Witty idealistic and entertaining this memoir captures all that was best about Durrell s years in Corfu While it may seem too good to be true at times it s a lovely read It was a nice book but lacked tbe Spring Comes to Sanctuary (Welcome to Sanctuary, depth that made It s as if it was an outline and not fully expanded upon This book is an entertaining read at any time at any age Hope there are other Gerald Durrel books on A read I couldn t stop reading Great writing and insightful I liked the uickeliveryGreat book for the Granddaughter I thoroughly enjoyed this book it is a shame Gerald Durell could only select some of his experiences with his family They were less straightforward than the animals Such a happy and wonderful experience to visit Gerry and his family I M Sure I Have Extended sure I have extended vocabulary and learned about exotic animals than uring my entire education I smiled through every page This book was very amusing and entertaining Although I had watched the television version of the book I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the adventures of the Durrells as it helped me to have the vision of the characters Also the etailed escriptions of the animals Gerry collected along the way. Or the island of CorfuBut the Durrells find that reluctantly they must share their various villas with a menagerie of local fauna among them scorpions geckos toads bats and butterfliesRecounted with immense humour and char. ,


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My Family and Other Animals: The Corfu Trilogy 1Very funny account of Gerald Durrell s childhood in Corfu The interest in animals that started there resulted in his career As An Animal Collector And an animal collector and to his own zoo One of my favourite books of all time which is why I bought this copy for a friend who had only seen the TV series which is not up the standard of I knew I loved it When the Durrells appeared on television and charmed us on Sunday evenings Just right for Sunday evenings before work on Monday I had to buy a new copy of My Family and Other Animals Whimsically written and with great atmosphere it was a elight to re read These little Macmillan hardbacks are super to collect and just the right size to carry in your handbag Some of use
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still love turn a real page This book is mesmerising uplifting and hilarious I absolutely loved it The Silver Stirrups (Saddle Club, descriptions of the nature and wildlife landscape and Gerry s relationship with hisog Roger are really beautiful and I love his crazy eccentric family I can t believe I haven t read this until now but am so glad I have It oes bother me slightly that Gerry captured wild birds and other small *animals to keep as pets On the other hand he id look after them very *to keep as pets On the other hand he Short Stories by Roald Dahl did look after them very and he grew up to be a conservationist so I guess it was all part of his education I was lucky enough to have been allotted this book as my O level novel back in the sixties and loved it then and still reread it periodically ever since I hope the TV adaptation encourages people to pick it up and enjoy it as much as IiddoThe Corfu Tourist board must love this bookit really makes you want to jump on a plane I first read this Volume 1 of Durrell s Corfu Childhood books when I was probably around the same age as the period of his life he is escribing The book absolutely resonated with me with its love of landscape Durrell rather ascribes almost a sentience not only towards the other animals which this book is largely about but to the very mountains vegetation winds waves sunlight and rain This was very much my own view of the natural world so reading Durrell as a child was a kind of coming home to how I felt about nature Howeverat the time I read this Durrell s sensibilities gave me clear indication that I was after all not going to be cut out to be a naturalist myself Although a clear lover of the wild unconfined natural world and of the animal kingdom he uickly made me realise that I was a efinitely restricted speciesist plants were wonderful but my real love was for the warm blooded furred and feathered creatures Durrell elights in all of it the slithering the buzzing the finny the scaled and anything which scuttles on som. My Family and Other Animals is the first book in The Corfu Trilogy the inspiration for ITVs The Durrells The bewitching account of a rare and magical childhood on the island of Corfu by treasured British conservationist Ge. Ewhere between 6 8 and a multiplicity of uncountable legsI had utterly forgotten carefully buried the memory from whence my shrieking horror of a species I have never met in the flesh came from Up on the hills among the ark cypress and the heather shoals of butterflies Socialist Realism danced and twisted like wind blown confetti pausing now and then on a leaf to lay a salvo of eggs The grasshoppers and locusts whirred like clockwork under my feet and flewrunkenly across the heather their leaves shining in the sun Among the myrtles the mantids moved lightly carefully swaying slightly the uintessence of evil They were lank and green with chinless faces and monstrous globular eyes frosty gold with an expression of intense predatory madness in them The crooked arms with their fringes of sharp teeth would be raised in mock supplication to the insect world so humble so fervent trembling slightly when a butterfly flew too close It is I hope clear what a wonderfully observant carefully crafting writing Durrell Is As Well As Of Course Ditto A Naturalist is as well as of course itto a naturalist regarded his older brother Laurence as the writer of the family and only began his own highly successful the writer of the family and only began his own highly successful about his idyllic in his eyes as a young naturalist eccentric anarchic time on Corfu and his later books about his zoological expeditions around the world as an adult in order to make money to finance them and his own zooThat uoted paragraph shows also a rather assured and filmic ramatic sense He surely his own zooThat uoted paragraph shows also a rather assured and filmic Doctor Extraño dramatic sense He surely how to craft a scene to build narrative climax change of pace and mood I was lulled into aeceptively tranuil reamy Edenic scene with those wafts of butterflies before the scene arkens and the reader can almost feel a tension rising mood music ratcheted up to the insecty euivalent of that shower scene in PsychoDurrell is a wonderful writer Here there is a mixture of no Never Tell doubt absolutely precise observation of the natural world and a certain amount of writerly shaping to emphasise the entertaining aspect provided by his stronglyefined individual family members remarkably tolerant Mother the almost comically artisticintellectual elder brother Larry with his eually Bohemian set paying visits to what Larry was offering as open house artistic colony with sunshine vino and food on tap Gerry s other brother Leslie the practical one happily tinkering with building boats cleaning guns and shooting the wildlife and sister Margo Feminism is for Everybody defined as romantic and a bit of a magnet for local and visiting swains There are various brilliantly structured set pieces around Gerry and a succession of arriving andeparting tutors vainly trying to find ways to teach the budding naturalist. Rald DurrellEscaping 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 Deterring Democracy dog take off