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Fillets of Plaice Kindle Edition
In My Family and Other Animals and its sequels, Gerald Durrell writes of his family’s antics during their time on the Greek island of Corfu. In his later memoirs, he vividly describes his expeditions to other, faraway places.
In Fillets of Plaice, he compiles a quintet of hilarious stories that touch on all of the above and more—from his unconventional childhood to his passion for animal conservation as an adult. His adventures range from a rollicking birthday party to a London pet shop to the exotic locale of deepest Africa. Throughout it all, Durrell entertains with his signature charming, witty voice.
A compendium of outrageous tales, Fillets of Plaice is perfect for longtime fans of Durrell’s work, and anyone looking for a heartwarming, riotous read.
This ebook features an illustrated biography of Gerald Durrell including rare photos from the author’s estate.
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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
About the Author
- ASIN : B01MRR38U4
- Publisher : Open Road Media (December 20, 2016)
- Publication date : December 20, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 4458 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 227 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #312,317 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Like Drunken Forest, this one confronts the reader with an adult Gerald and not as much Corfu. There is one long story about Corfu, which is great... then the other two... this is where Durrell steps out of being a timeless writer and dates the narrative with the offputting elements of the past, such as telling his African servant, "Me want-e drink-drink."
Or bantering his wit with hot British nurses in a story that never seemed to end: If he captured the wonder and delights of a curious childhood in other books, here he documented adults making stupid jokes with each other in passing.
Some of his works are quite inspirational for one's life and art, and none should be discounted. Fillets of Plaice nonetheless caused me to shift around and think I might get more lofty ideas by switching to one of Lawrence's immensely thick novels.
I guess I just want Gerry to stay a little boy forever!