This is the true story of Gerald Durrell and his eccentric family. Even though this is a memoir, it reads as though it were an entertaining novel. 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)