My family and other animals book review
Book Review: My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell ~ Changing PagesI am not sure quite why I have such an affection for My Family and Other Animals: my brother referred to me as Margo for quite some time, not because of my effortless ability to attract various languid Greek youths, but because I was a bit spotty, and so was she: "swollen up like a plate of scarlet porridge", as Larry puts it. How unfair. But love it I do, perhaps because events conspired to get me to read it for the first time in the most perfect setting: a family holiday on the Greek island of Paxos one summer. As Gerry discovered hermit crabs and sea cucumbers, dung beetles and lizards, so did I. As he swam in the clear blue waters, wandered through the olive groves, gorged on figs, learned about cypress trees, which if you sleep under "you wake up I longed for a round-bottomed boat like the Bootle-bumtrinket could there be a more gloriously named craft?
My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell
If I had the craft of Merlin, I would give every child the gift of my childhood. Imagine the animal lover in you, moving to a new exotic place, with your mildly eccentric family. Now add to it some hilarious experiences with some of the most startling animals, a shooting adventure gone bad, loads of parties with unusual guests, animal hunting in orchards of olives and grapes, swimming in the cool, brilliantly blue, dolphin filled seas, memorable picnics to the most unusual but beautiful places and you have the story of this gem of a book! Fed up with the cold, harsh winters of England, the Durrell family gives up on it and decides to move to a country with better weather. And what could be better than a Greek Island with its warm sunshine and sparkling blue waters?
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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!
It tells of the years that he lived as a child with his siblings and widowed mother on the Greek island of Corfu between and It describes the life of the Durrell family in a humorous manner, and explores the fauna of the island. Durrell had already written several successful books about his trips collecting animals in the wild for zoos when he published My Family and Other Animals in Its comic exaggeration of the foibles of his family — especially his eldest brother Lawrence Durrell , who became a celebrated novelist and poet— and his heartfelt appreciation of the natural world made it very successful. He also became known as a novel-writer and television personality. His books helped stimulate the development of tourism in Corfu.