- Paperback: 396 pages
- Publisher: Penguin (General UK); 1 edition (1 September 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0141037474
- ISBN-13: 978-0141037479
- Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 2.8 x 18 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 281 g
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,306 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
My Family And Other Animals: Popular Penguins Paperback – 1 Sep 2008
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About the Author
Gerald Durrell (1925-1995) moved from England to Corfu with his family when he was eight. He spent much of his time studying the island's wildlife and surprising his family by keeping lots of very unusual pets in very unexpected places. He grew up to be a famous naturalist and conservationist, leading expeditions to exotic places such as Argentina, Sierra Leone, Assam and Madagascar. Durrell dedicated his life to the preservation of wildlife, especially the less glamorous kinds, which he called 'little brown jobs' and 'small uglies'. It is through his efforts that creatures such as the Mauritius pink pigeon and the Mallorcan midwife toad have avoided extinction.
Over his lifetime he presented many TV shows, and wrote thirty-seven books, including My Family and Other Animals and its two sequels, Birds, Beasts and Relatives and The Garden of the Gods. He founded Jersey Zoo in 1959 as a centre for the conservation of endangered species, and in 1963 created the Jersey Wildlife Preservation Trust - later renamed Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust in his honour - of which his wife, Lee, is still Honorary Director. He was awarded the OBE in 1982.
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One dull, grey, winter's day in an English coastal town, the Durrell family decide to move somewhere with more sun. They sell up and move to Corfu, Greece. Thus begins a 5 year adventure for the 10 year old Durrell.
The tale is written by the mature Durrell in the voice of his young self, which he captures perfectly. Although, while living in Corfu, Durrell finds the people around him interesting, (he is surrounded by eccentrics galore) what intrigues him more is all the other life on the island; the bugs, insects, birds, animals etc. His observations on the wildlife are in themselves astute and instructive. Not surprisingly he became a renowned naturalist.
The way he perceives his family made me laugh out loud. It was a treat to be exposed to his extremely talented, genius brother, that also became an famous author. However, they were poles apart in style.
Durrell's writing has a roaming quality, much like the 5 years he spent on the island. This is a wonderful memoire by an author with great skill in capturing the moment.
Sergiu Pobereznic (author)