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Three Singles to Adventure Kindle Edition
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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.)
“[Durrell’s] books have an unfailing charm. . . . It is a tribute to his skill that one never tires of his accounts.” —Chicago Tribune
“Animals come close to being Durrell’s best friends. . . . He writes about them with style, verve, and humor.” —Time on The Whispering Land
About the Author
- ASIN : B01N7HZ0J0
- Publisher : Open Road Media (February 21, 2017)
- Publication date : February 21, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 5107 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 177 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #844,326 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Full of wit and unapologetically lacking political correctness.
Just life as it used to be.
In the days before almost all zoo animals were bred in captivity, collectors roamed the wild, getting animals of all kinds for zoos. It was an almost perfect job for someone as crazy about animals and adventurous as Durrell.
This book, newly released as an ebook, is as delightful an introduction to Durrell's writing as I can imagine. It covers a collecting trip to Guiana in South America in 1950. Durrell, his guide, and another Brit, collected animals in four locations around the country,
The book not only tells of their adventures, it gives us pictures of many of the animals and of the country and its people. The author is a wonderful raconteur and his stories are hilarious. You can just picture the absurd events from his descriptions. These he blends with portraits of the animals. Often they emerge as characters in their own right, but equally often, we get basic information about the beastie given in a way that is full of information but not off-putting or overly technical. I've been reading his books since the 1970's and this is. I think, one of his greatest gifts as a writer. You learn so much about creatures you may never have heard of, but in a way that is so fun.
They collect in the capital city, in the jungle, in the plains (savannah), and in an area interlaced with creeks. In each location he gives lovely, almost poetic, word pictures of the land. It's another aspect of his writing that is unusual. Instead of the environmental hand-wringing and brow-beating we find so often today, we see the land through the eyes of someone who loves and respects it while never losing the sense of wonder at its variety and beauty.
It makes for a lovely mental vacation and a great book.
I really enjoyed reading this on a tablet where I could highlight the name of an animal and instantly bring up a photograph that did not always match what my imagination created from the description. The only problem with this reading method is that it took me longer to finish the book because I was often sidetracked by photos and entertaining videos of the animals as I discovered them. I’m not complaining, the entertainment was well worth the time.
I would like to thank Open Road Integrated Media – not only for granting my request to read an advance copy of this ebook, but for constantly releasing so many great backlisted titles into ebook format. There are so many great books that don’t get the attention they deserve. I appreciate the new ebook releases that have helped me discovered some of the old, buried treasures of the literary world.
The many rodents, birds, reptiles and anteaters are described well with a good look at physical and behavioural adaptations. Some of the creatures adapted at once to a basic diet and others were let run around a room where they sat on the men's feet no matter what was happening.
I downloaded an ARC from Net Galley as the Jersey Wildlife Conservation Trust has made these books available again in e-form. This is an unbiased review.