Gerald Durrell: My Family Other Animals

RandomGerry and SpiroImage sourceT is for tortoiseAchilles one of the first pets the Durrells had on Corfu A connoisseur of wild strawberriesU is for universalChances are this book will be oved by readers from about 9 years old to infinity Most children will probably focus on crazy adventures while mature audience will indulge in Durrell s irony and beauty of his writing style I think the omnipresent humour is the strength of the book but its weakness at the same time if it s not compatible with yours you will probably get bored and frustratedV is for veracityAccording to Gerald Durrell all the anecdotes about the island and the islanders are absolutely true Am I the only one who has the impression that the author is winking now The sad part is that the idyllic image of his family in the book seems to be highly idealised Gerry and Roger 1935Image sourceW is for writerLarry up and coming man of 50 jeux pas btes pour chien malin letters one of Gerry s brothersater famous for Alexandria uartet Twenty three years old dreaming of iterary career He considers himself a genius who has to cope with cruel reality and is not always successful I assure you the house is a death trap Every conceivable nook and cranny is stuffed with malignant faunae waiting to pounce How I have escaped being maimed for ife is beyond me A simple innocuous action Deepening Desires - Scratching the Surface likeighting a cigarette is fraught with danger Even the sanctity of my bedroom is not respected First I was attacked by a scorpion a hideous beast that dripped venom and babies all over the place Then my room was torn asunder by magpies Now we have snakes in the bath and huge flocks of albatrosses flapping round the house making noises Natural Selection like defective plumbing I was surprised when I found out that real Lawrence was married andived on Corfu with his wife There s no trace of her in the bookX is for xenophobiaFortunately not present at all The hospitality of Corfiots was really moving Kind and generous they offered delicious food to Gerry and made his family feel at homeY is for yesYes I m definitely going to read the other two parts of The Corfu Trilogy Z is for ZatopecA 45 Stars I should Sahir and Jaadu like to pay a special tribute to my mother to whom this book is dedicated Like a gentle enthusiastic and understanding Noah she has steered her vessel full of strange progeny through the stormy seas ofife with great skill always faced with the possibility of mutiny always surrounded by the dangerous shoals of overdraft and extravagance never being sure that her navigation would be approved by the crew but certain that she would be blamed for anything that went wrong There s a charm in this semi autobiographical tale of Gerald Durrell s family s ife after moving from England to the Greek island of Corfu as a young inuisitive ad at the age of ten surrounded by nature and discovering the wildlife of his new surroundings His nature from his youth through his entire The Girl Who Could Move Sh*t with Her Mind life seems to center around the bond between man the natural world and animals and he uickly gathers new pets to bring home to hisess than enthusiastic family over entertaining some of these species And while I can completely understand not wanting to find some of these critters have been released into my home in his skillful hands these stories are charmingly humorous and I Work by Referral loved every second of his escapades especially since all of these anecdotes are true Gradually the magic of the island settled over us as gently and clingingly as pollen Each day had a tranuility 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 for us glossy and colourful as a child s transfer and with the same tinge of unreality Shortly before I was born my parents were gifted an Irish Setter puppy from a family two houses away they owned the sire of theitter and the puppy had originally been briefly owned by another couple who had it sent straight off to some Edgar Sawtelle Squeaky Clean like intense training camp without ever interacting with it He arrived at our house essentially as perfectly behaved a dog as possible especially for an Irish Setter I took my naps on him while my mother was busy with other things There s been very few days months years since then that I haveived without a dog or cat in my home I grew up wanting to become a veterinarian as well and couldn t imagine anyone not wanting to do something where you could interacts with dogs and cats Certainly there were other critters in my neighborhood where we spent our days exploring catching pollywogs and traipsing through the woods or swinging on vines all while trying to avoid snakes and such or catching Crystal Rapture - Girlbot Marie lightning bugs at night but then releasing them back to the darkening skies but I can t imagine bringing home even a snakeet alone some of the creatures young Gerald brought home But it isn t just his How to Manage Projects love of these creatures or hisove of nature in general that moves this story along it s this delightfully uirky family he happens to belong to and their various reactions to coming home to yet another new strange pet that he has brought home A curious boy and a Soft Bots - Logic Bomb lenientoving mother together make this a wildly eccentric ride in the best way Shared with a sprinkling of nostalgia a Soft Bots - Changing Roles love of family and a captivating humour throughout he managed to make me wish I d been there through it all well almost all I think I would take a pass on the incident with the scorpions It was no half hearted spring this the whole island vibrated with it as though a great ringing chord had been struck Everyone and everything heard it and responded It was apparent in the gleam of flower petals the flash of bird wings and the sparkle in the darkiuid eyes of the peasant girls In the water filled ditches the frogs that Soft Bots - Fuzzy Logic looked newly enameled snored a rapturous chorus in theush weeds In the village coffee shops the wine seemed redder and somehow potent Blunt work calloused fingers plucked at guitar strings with strange gentleness and rich voices rose in ilting haunting song Many thanks to Candi whose review prompted me to add this thanks as well to the Public Library system and the many Librarians that manage organize and keep it running for the oan of this book I would Timbre Composition in Electroacoustic Music (Contemporary Music Review like to make a point of stressing that all the anecdotes about the island and the islanders are absolutely true Living in Corfu was ratherike Instruments of Darkness 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 byaughing 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 by using it myself That s beside the point hide spoiler The first from the trilogy and the first of Durrel s I ve ever read No words can express my My Uncle Oswald love for this author and his immense sense of humor pure andight nothing topical or scathing beneath I remember vividly The Umbrella Man (Inspector Samuel Tay laughing outoud on the streets and on buses while reading it so wisely consider your reading spot Howling with The Witch’s Warning (Aberrations laughter in public places might cause you troubles but the best part you won t care a bit and will always consider it worthy 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 heived as a child with his siblings and widowed mother on the Greek island of Corfu between 1935 and 1939 It describes the ife 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 went back and decided to write a review on this non fictional novelmemoir not all events are fully true I believe which is considered by some to be a modern classic I remember finding a box of Gerald Durrell stories on the shelf as a twelve year old and reading them in uxury They captivated me as Durrell told the story of his childhood in Corfu hunting animals Not only was it full of interesting facts about the animals he caught but also about the people in his Kingdom of Souls (Kingdom of Souls, life Told with wit humour and the pure ability of a natural storyteller this is a sort of autobiography that you can read as a novel full to the brim with short storiesIf there s one thing Durrell does exceptionally well it s write description And my thought has always been that a gifted writer is a master of description His descriptive writing almost drips from the page so that you feel every detail in your imagination as a real sense However I would recommend this book and his other works because of the memories theyl eave with you after reading You l Watching Ice And Weather Our Way laugh at the outrageous characters he meets the wacky things his family gets up to and be fascinated by the details of everydayife magnified to an extraordinary degre. 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When I was a ittle girl I dreamed of becoming a veterinarian someday I Love Will Follow lovedearning 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 A Fabulous Creation living room Hobie the poodle wasess enthused than Cocoa the bird I Os Guardiões da História I - Começa a Tempestade (History Keepers loved reading books about fouregged critters Looking back none of these things were all too astonishing didn t every The Sun on My Head little kid have pets and a desire to be a vet However my parents drew theine at these domesticated household pets Certainly a tortoise was out of the uestion as was a Riverbend Road (Haven Point, 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 childhood home to his first home to the home we now share together There was a curiousittle wooden box among some of his old Claimed by the Wealthy Magnate 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 theeast I however ceased my snooping for the day I Tell Me About Eternity 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 hisove 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 Once Upon a Time (Calluvias Royalty, level 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 Iove 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 Enamoured (The Enslaved Duet 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 islandocals The encounter with the Rose beetle Man what a fantastic figure this man must have been a meeting with a convict On the Edge let out for a temporary jaunt and the appointments with various tutors including one with uite the impressive bird collection all pointed to the fact that Gerryived uite an extraordinary young ife 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 oads of those bits marked up too but passages A Not-So-Innocent Seduction (Kavanaghs of Silver Glen, like this oneeft me gaga over his choice of words Gradually the magic of the island settled over 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 for us glossy and colourful as a child s transfer and with the same tinge of 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 Doing Feminist Research in Political and Social Science 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 hisife 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 A Ved Mehta Reader ladies and the contests never failed to entertain us Sometimes we woulday bets with each other as to which one was going to win and by the end of the summer Roger had backed so many The Queens Fool / The Virgins Lover losers that he owed me a considerable amount of moneyCheck out this rendezvous with a pair of toads They suatted thereike two obese Hometown Honey leprous Buddhas peering at me and gulping in that guilty way that toads have Holding one in each hand it wasike handling two flaccid The Prince in the Royal Suite (Chatsfield Novella, leathery balloons and the toads blinked their fine golden filigreed eyes at me and settled themselves comfortably on my fingers gazing at me trustfully their wide thickipped mouths seeming to spread in embarrassed and uncertain grinsThere are plenty of other tales for you to discover on your own should you choose to pick up this book which I highly recommend It s a wonderful diversion and was just what I needed at the moment It may be considered Falling For Him light reading yes it is but it is certainly not without value I was rather interested toearn that Gerald Durrell was dedicated to protecting endangered species during his adult Undercover at City Hospital life An admirable endeavor indeed This is the story of a five year sojourn that I and my family made on the Greek island of Corfu 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 I say Mr Durrell introducing your wildly entertaining family was the icing on the cake to this spectacular tale The things I ve seen heard and experienced in the pages of this novel could hardly be put into words without the picturesue writing skills that Gerald Durrell possessed However if I could pick a family to call my own it would be the Durrells With Gerry s siblings Larry Leslie and Margo the amusement is endless Their unflappable mother is adorable so calm and collected considering sheived in a home that had become a cross between a madhouse and a zoo And the supporting characters are every bit as The Story of Our Lives lovable Spiro aocal taxi driver takes the family under his wing and becomes an integral part of their daily Chosen by the Lieutenant (Regency Brides of Convenience lives One of my favorite scenes which I ve aptly named the flinging of the scorpions follows Then one day I found a fat female scorpion in the wall wearing what at first glance appeared to be a pale fawn fur coat Closer inspection proved that this strange garment was made up of a mass of tiny babies clinging to the mother s back I made up my mind to smuggle them into the house Gerry placed his new find in a matchbox andeft it on the mantle while they all sat down to Даниэль Штайн, переводчик lunch Asuck would have it brother Larry was a smoker I yelled at my Kindle to warn Larry of the hidden danger inside the matchbox he was about to open but of course they never National Geographic Guide to Birding Hot Spots of the United States listen to me He uttered a roar of fright that made Lugaretzia drop a plate and brought Roger out from beneath the table barking wildly With a flick of his hand he sent the unfortunate scorpion flying down the table and sheanded midway between Margo and Leslie scattering babies Ellis Kackley the Best Damn Doctor in the West like confetti The ensuing chaos had me doubled over withaughter I also giggled as the magenpies the name Spiro gives to magpies destroyed Larry s manuscript and again when a snake filled bathtub sent Leslie streaking into the midst of a party with only a small towel for covering In fact I hooted aloud so often that my own dogs would watch me with rapt attention perplexed by my sudden outbursts Every page is filled with dreamily descriptive writing so remarkable that I feel as if I ve experienced the entire book first hand I would urge anyone no matter your age to give this heart warming hilarious romp a go Gerald Durrell is one of the most gifted writers I ve ever had the pleasure of reading 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 uite unconventional 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 Here So Far Away lovely palette cleanser between the heavyiterary 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 uncomplicated kind rendering of all characters and anim. Sometimes it's pretty hard to tell them apart my family and the animals that is I don't know

Als within If you can settle into this you will no doubt enjoy yourself If you are Applied Linguistics in the Real World looking for anything beyond youl find yourself Downtime lookingongingly over your TBR An Allegheny Homecoming list where the complexities of Updike Franzen Laurence Atwood and many others beckon35 stars A delightfulyrical and altogether MAGICAL read ADVANCE WARNING Review includes mention of tortoise sexIt s usually a huge mistake to return to a childhood favourite imagining it would be just as good the second time around So when I found this book in the attic with its dog eared cover held together with Sellotape and pages jaundiced with age I had mixed feelings about reading it againA side note to any fellow Brits who once strode majestically in platform shoes the price on the book was a nostalgic three shillings and sixpence My Family and Other Animals is the semi autobiographical account of prepubescent Gerald s expat Most Eligible Sheriff (Sweetheart, Nevada life on the Greek island of Corfu with his upper crust eccentric English familyHappily this entertaining book far exceeded my expectations I rediscovered the same Mediterranean island from my boyhood wishist a sun drenched idyll of olive groves cypress trees and hidden covesDurrell was better known as a eading naturalist and conservationist but it would be a huge mistake to disregard his skill as an authorWithout a shadow of a doubt he was a formidable storyteller and his command of the English anguage would shame most of our modern day scribblers Not only this his human imagery is up there with the bestDurrell generates genuinely The Fixers laugh outoud moments with his impish descriptive humour his sister Margot s acne ridden face for example is described as being swollen up ike a plate of scarlet porridgeAnimals on the island are cheerfully anthropomorphised including Geronimo the gecko uasimodo the pigeon plus Widdle and Puke the gambolling puppies Durrell s overuse of similes and adjectives might cause some readers to grind their teeth to powder but I personally adore this overkill of descriptive imageryThe author s personification of animals extends to goats whose udders swing ike bagpipes and also in respect of some tortoise shagging the tortoises with each other not any deviant behaviour on Durrell s partSet in the 1930s before the hedonism of mass tourism had descended upon the Greek islands Gerald Durrell puts the Cor into CorfuThis is not just a novel for bookish school kids I enjoyed it as a boy and I relished it even as an adult Methinks it was three shillings and sixpence well spent I oved 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 unbeatable He casts a spell on you not only when he portrays uite spectacular species but also uite 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 ength It s a bathing costume of course said Mother What on earth did you think it was It American Government looks to meike 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 sister moved to from Britain They Reunion 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 probablyooks uite different with thousands of tourists but I m sure the magic captured in My Family and Other Animals still The Rescuer 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 skyooked as black and soft as a mole skin covered with a delicate dew of stars The magnolia tree Happy Family loomed vast over the house its branches full of white bloomsike a hundred miniature reflections of the moon and their thick sweet scent hung over the veranda Taboo Feeding languorously the scent that was an enchantmenturing 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 In Seconds (Bulletproof, 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 unable to extract the full flavour of ouretters and magazines unless they were shared The siblings are nasty to each other at times but even the most malicious remarks have a cordial ining 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 arge amounts Sometimes the fresh The Magpie Lord (A Charm of Magpies, load of guests would turn 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 of uncontrollableaughter 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 Curve Lovers 3 likeiving in one of the flamboyant and slapstick comic operas I is for I am gratefulThree Goodreads friends inspired and convinced me to read this Wedlock Of The Gods ludicrous book Thanks from the bottom of my heart to Jennifer B Julie and Roman Clodia I will always associate them with this uproarious amazing read and it will make my memories evenovelier If you check the Goodreads shelves of these three exceptional adies which I strongly recommend the first thing you will probably notice is the diversity of their iterary tastes It goes to show that Durrell adeuately caters for a variety of readers needs and preferencesGerry DurrellImage sourceJ is for just perfectfor a rainy day Or a day when you want to forget about your worries Or a day when you get bad news Or a day when you are just feeling blue with no reason From now on My family and Other Animals will make an indispensable part of my bookish first aid kit Durrell takes care of his readers well being in a truly touching way the real cause why the family decided to come back to Britain was the war while it s not mentioned in the story even onceK is for KralefskyGerry s teacher One of the most comical characters in the book Known for his chivalry and wrestling skills Which turned out to be uite virtualL is for LugaretziaA Greek housekeeper who continuously moans and entertains the Durrells guests with generous displays of her gums There was only one thing in Undeniable life that could bring a smile to Lugaretzia s gloomy countenance a glint to her spaniel eyes and that was a discussion of her ailments M is for MotherPatient Practical Sane which seems to be uite an exception in this family Adorable You might try not toove her but you won t stand a ghost of a chance Her hobbies are cooking and gardening Gerald aged eight and MotherImage sourceN is for NirvanaThe state Mother has gradually reached that happy Nirvana where nothing shocks or startles is exemplified by the fact that one weekend recently when all alone in the house she was treated to the sudden arrival of a series of crates containing two pelicans a scarlet ibis a vulture and eight monkeys A Tempted by the Billionaire Tycoon (The Billionaire, lesser mortal might have uailed at such a contingency but not Mother O is for other family membersWe meet only Gerry his siblings and mum but no doubt other family members are remarkable too for instance Aunt Bertha keeping flocks of imaginary cats or Great Uncle Patrick who wanders about nude and tells complete strangers how he killed whales with a penknife P is for pinkStrawberry pink to be exact The colour of the first house the Durrells rented on Corfu The villa had an air of pink faced determination is for uirkyMost people would probably find the Durrells and their pets uite bizarre When they were coming to England by train a disgracefully efficient official at the Swiss frontier described them in a form One travelling Circus and Staff R is for RogerGerry s dog and companion One of the most candid and poignant canine portraits I have encountered initerature so farS is for SpiroA taxi driver devoted friend of the Durrells who speaks unconventional English adding s at. Hy my brothers and sisters complain so much With snakes in the bath and scorpions on the unch.

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