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- Print Length: 260 pages
- Publisher: Open Road Media (October 11, 2016)
- Publication Date: October 11, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01M07FSO0
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,907 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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From the Illustrated Biography
Durrell Around 10 Years Old
Durrell, around ten years old, in typical natural history “exploration” mode—wellies, collecting bag, walking stick, and his loyal dog, Roger, at the ready. Roger traveled with the family when they went to Corfu in 1935 and when they returned to England in 1939; he and Durrell were inseparable companions.
Durrell often gave “illustrated” talks about his expeditions, brought to life by lightning-quick sketches of some of the animals he had nurtured during the long months spent in the bush. At the 1954 launch of his third book, The Bafut Beagles, about his second trip to the Cameroons, he brought a sketch of an African brush-tailed porcupine. His first two books, The Overloaded Ark (about his first trip to the Cameroons) and Three Singles to Adventure (about an expedition to British Guiana), appear on the stand.
A bronze statue of Durrell by sculptor John Doubleday stands at the entrance to Jersey Zoo, now called Durrell Wildlife Park. It was erected in 1999, the same year that the trust was renamed Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust in Durrell’s honor.
(Photo courtesy of Gregory Guida.)
Praise for Gerald Durrell
“Animals come close to being Durrell’s best friends. . . . He writes about them with style, verve, and humor.” —Time on The Whispering Land
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Corfu, Greece, as seen through the eyes of Gerry Durrell, had me digging around for my passport. What a breathtaking world when viewed through his eyes. The animals and other creepy crawlies were enough to keep me reading, but when he delved into the riotously rich characters, I was captivated.
“The island lies off the Albanian and Greek coast-lines like a long, rust-eroded scimitar.”
“That August, when we arrived, the island lay breathless and sun-drugged in the smoldering, peacock-blue sea under a sky that had faded to a pale powder-blue by the fierce rays of the sun.”
Birds, Beasts and Relatives is the second book in the trilogy. Yes, I started with this book instead of the first one. I should be banned from reading any series. I always start somewhere in the middle! Still, I had no trouble diving right in and polished off all 294 pages in the space of an afternoon. I simply couldn’t stop. The writing is deliciously cinematic. I could hear each character as I basked in the sights, sounds and smells of the island. Gerry allowed me to accompany him on his daily ventures, watching him as he absorbed himself in the discovery of nature. His free-spirited escapades were to the vexation of his family, who wanted no part of the zoo he was building in his room.
‘I don’t think it’s a good idea for you to write this book, Gerry.’
‘I second that,’ said Larry. ‘If you publish we’ll sue you in a body.’
Faced with such a firm and united family, bristling in their resolve to prevent me at all costs, there was only one thing I could do. I sat down and wrote this book.
The humor, intertwined with the family theatre, and the island natives' intriguing ways had me rolling with laughter. The characters are full of life and I feel that I know each of them personally.
I will admit that the bugs on the cover gave me pause. However, to my delight, it's not just about the creatures, and I learned more about the beasts of the earth than I ever imagined. This boy’s curious mind had me interested as well. It took me back to my youth when the world seemed magical. It’s something we lose as time marches on, and it’s a shame.
Gerald Durrell’s prose is gloriously vibrant, his dialogue on point. I couldn’t have asked for more. I left the last pages wrapped in the warm fuzzy glow of this family’s splendid life.
Heart-warming, deep and hilarious, the story reminded me to see the magic in everyday things with a childlike curiosity and to laugh often. As a result, I will forever be a fan of Gerald Durrell.
I recommend Birds, Beasts and Relatives to readers of any age. It's absolutely charming!
Gerry uses his remarkable vocabulary to describe the scenery, the colors he sees, and the creatures he adopts to bring them alive to the reader. I laughed out loud at some of the experiences Gerry and his family lived through. It is obvious to me Gerry holds the island of Corfu and its residents in deep respect and affection.
Reading this series has educated me in how expatriates deal with the local economy and the residents. I learned a little about local customs and traditions. I look forward to reading the final installment in this pleasant series.
It is a wonderful portrait of an English family making a new life on the island of Corfu`. The best line comes from Spiro, the factotum of the Island, who writes: "War (2nd World War) has been declared. Don't tell a soul!"
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His accounts of the events and situations the family experienced had me not just enthralled but crying with laughter!
His descriptive powers are amazing, not too mention his faultless memories of growing up in Corfu.
I have visited many Greek islands but not Corfu so am looking forward to my first holiday there later in the year.
My only negative comment is that this second novel seemed all too short, or maybe I was page turning too quickly with anticipation.
What a terrible shame that Gerald isn’t alive now. He did so much for conservation!
If you are trying to get your children to read more, give them any of Gerald Durrell's books and you stand a good chance of losing them in it!
This story of Gerry and his completely eccentric family is a further amusing chronicle of parts of his childhood spent growing up on the sun-drenched island of Corfu, (though is not actually a sequel) and I loved every word of it. It's funny and witty and by now you really do feel like you know Gerry and his madcap siblings and incredibly tolerant mother personally. Durrell has a vibrant, believable way with words and re-telling stories that really does make you think you were there, and is so humorous with it at the same time. He manages to bring people to life- the way he depicts his older brothers Larry (pompous) and Leslie (firearm crazy) is utterly hilarious and it never ceases to amuse me that his mother puts up with whatever insect/animal happens to end up on her veranda. I wasn't even allowed a hamster until I was a teenager, so I'm particularly envious of Durrell's assorted array of pets!
This book of course also recounts Durrell's exploits in studying and adopting the strangest of creatures that he finds on the island- in this book he quite happily watches tarantulas, captures seahorses and rescues more injured owls amongst other things. I'm also happy to report that Widdle and Puke, his naughty puppies are back, along with Roger the dog. There's also an abundance of eclectic characters introduced, from the drunkard Captain Creech (to whom the quote above is attributed to) to charlatan psychics to the hilarious Countess Mavrodaki. Spiro is also back- yay!
As much a study of characters as a book about the island and its animals, Birds, Beasts and Relatives really does immerse you into a young boy's wonderful sounding childhood. Durrell is one of my favourite writers and I really, really adore the Corfu books in particular. If you like funny, easy reading then I cannot recommend these highly enough.
just before the second World War.Loved it.