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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (January 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143038532
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143038535
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.4 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #203,928 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Animals come close to being Durrell’s best friends. . . . He writes about them with style, verve, and humor. (Time)

[Hours] of delightful entertainment. (Book Week)

This book is a certain joy. (New Statesman, London)

About the Author

Gerald Durrell was born in Jamshedpur, India, in 1925. A student of zoology, he founded the Jersey Wildlife Preservation Trust on the Channel Island of Jersey. His other books include A Zoo in My Luggage and The Whispering Land (both available from Penguin).

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I've read the James Herriot books aloud to my kids and they loved them.
Autumn's mom
Gerald, the zookeeper, tells you his story in his delightful tale, MENAGERIE MANOR.
D. Fowler
This is a quick read, and easy read, an educational read, and an entertaining read.
Sara Henderson

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Michael Fridman on July 26, 2005
Format: Paperback
Unlike most other Durrel books which speak of his expeditions to study and work with animals, this one talks of him setting up his own zoo in the Channel island of Jersey. This book overturns a stereotype of the zoo as a humourless place with unhappy animals in poor conditions, at least for Durrell's zoo.

Much of the book deals with the characters he has become fond of - the "celebrity" animals in the zoo and the laughter and tears they have caused. It also speaks of the relationship between the zoo and the Jersey community - the initial reluctance followed by an outpouring of support. It also details many incidents that have occurred in the zoo, whether hilarious or touching.

A great read for all who love animals, as the author's attachment to them is felt in every page - as well as a testimony to what zoos can be within the scientific/community/ecological and environmental scale of things.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By j2312@hotmail.com on February 17, 1999
Format: Paperback
This is a great book for all those who have a special place in their hearts for animals. Gerald Durrell takes us through his experiences in setting up a zoo in Jersey. It is a marvelous book full of humor. It sends out a message about saving wildlife. So, even if you are not the one to start a zoo, this book is a must read for you!
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Let's say, for one brief imaginary moment, that you like animals and would like to open some sort of shelter to save, protect, and perhaps exhibit them every now and then to an appreciative audience. Not just any animals mind you, like Chihuahuas and Siamese cats, but those that tend to be a bit on the exotic side like armadillos, ocelots and gorillas. You say to your spouse, "Hey, darling, what say we start a zoo?" and she comes back with the simple retort, "Blimey, that's crazy!"
Of course that's not really how Gerald Durrell came to own a zoo, but however the original conversation with his wife Jacqui began, he did come to own one. From fickle childish dreams to the real item, a unique live animal zoo was inaugurated in the Channel Islands of Jersey. Gerald, the zookeeper, tells you his story in his delightful tale, MENAGERIE MANOR.

As you may have suspected, Menagerie Manor is the name of his zoo. Gerald's sister thought the whole idea of a zoo was just another "hare-brained scheme," but on the other hand she would be somewhat relieved at getting rid of the two hundred odd animals her brother had temporarily deposited in her garden. Animal preservation, of course, was an admirable thing, but obviously her house was just not the place for it all. Eventually the real zoo began to come together at Menagerie Manor and the real adventure began.

The odd and exotic soon arrived at the Manor. We meet many animal personalities, some of whom caused Gerald no end of trouble. There was Delilah the porcupine, the Houdini escape artist, who delighted in rattling the peace of the neighboring farms. There was Millicent, the Malabar squirrel, who decided her lot in life would be that of a petty criminal who enjoyed stealing food from the tortoises.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sara Henderson on December 21, 2008
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I must admit I've never heard of the author. This popped up as a recommendation so I thought "What the heck" and got it. This is a quick read, and easy read, an educational read, and an entertaining read. I'd even be interested in meeting some reptiles, thanks to this book. Anyone who has even a remote interest in animals should be reading this; scientists who say animals have no personalities should be reading this. I think any human who takes the time to allow this information into their brains will realize we may be the loudest creatures on earth, but we're not the only interesting ones.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on September 2, 2010
Format: Paperback
If you like Gerald Durrel in my opinion this is one of his best books. I have read all his books and this is in the top 5.
its funny, smart, and its great how he uses descriptive and proper writing. Just look at the cover and you see him holding a tapir.
It made me laugh my butt off i highly recomend it to anyone.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Autumn's mom on August 21, 2011
Format: Paperback
I first came upon this book in paperback when I was 12 years old (1972). I loved it and re-read it many times. I've read the James Herriot books aloud to my kids and they loved them. I've told them about this book and was glad to see that it's still in print. I'll be reading it it to them and hopefully it will be as great as I remembered.
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