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A Zoo in My Luggage (The Zoo Memoirs Book 1) 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.)
“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 : B01MQFNRT2
- Publisher : Open Road Media (November 29, 2016)
- Publication date : November 29, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 6970 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 194 pages
- Lending : Enabled
Best Sellers Rank:
#251,278 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- #33 in England Travel
- #67 in Biographies of Environmentalists & Naturalists (Kindle Store)
- #70 in African Travel
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His descriptions of landscapes, happenings, people, and emotions are so catchy that they put the reader in the instance and seeing the unfolding of the stories live from his eyes. The simplicity of life and less materialistic world, compared to the present, is such a breath of joy and envy, of how life way in the old days of 1950s. The relationship between people, the trust, the straight forwardness, were things of desire in today’s world. His relationship with the Fon of Baftu were filled with fun and endless drinking parties but the two men were connected in their hearts with warm friendship. It was exceptionally heartwarming and brought tears to my eyes when the night before Durrell was to leave Bafut, the interaction between them were so emotional and mutually respectful that they are examples of what friendship should be like.
The setting of the real stories were in the early 50s so naturally the relationship and handling of the animals were not as today’s standard but Durrell’s love for animals and his strong will to raise awareness for conservation of them, especially endangered ones, are more advanced than what many people does today.
All in all, exceptional tales of love of animals, distant land, people, and life. Looking forward to reading his other books.
By nudedudeinknox on April 17, 2021
I am rather conflicted about zoos...the animals frequently appear to be miserable or at least bored.
However, the story was interesting.