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My Family and Other Animals (Macmillan Collector's Library) Hardcover – Unabridged, July 19, 2016
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Gerald Durrell - naturalist, author, media personality, conservationist and founder of the internationally renowned Jersey Zoo. He was a passionate and persuasive advocate of the need for the conservation of animals and plants and their habitats. A larger than life character, he was a brilliant story-teller in speech and in print.
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given away many copies, I was delighted to be able to get it on my Kindle and read it once again. I find it has lost none of it's enchantment over
the years, in fact, because it of a simpler time, it may be even more enjoyable. By getting to know the young Gerald Durrell and his unusual and
charming family, it is easy to see how he became such an animal expert and conservator.
While serving as much of the source for the TV show, this book alone still manages to be as different from the TV show as it is from the reality depicted in Haag's biography of the Durrell family "The Durrells In Corfu", which I bought along with "My Family And Other Animals". The writing is not great---apparently Gerry Durrell never went to school after the last effort, forced on him at age 9 or so, but it has a certain British sense of humor that is engaging. I enjoyed reading it, and am finding the biography just as entertaining.
One can only wonder what might have happened if formal education and better discipline had played a greater role in the Durrell family's upbringing, but as they are all dead, and we are left with the rather fanciful story of their life on this enchanted island, in the sunset of it's pre-tourist idyll, we can only sit back and go along for the ride and it's a fun ride.
The series is scenic and charming, but doesn't really capture the sweetness and wit of the book. Gerald Durrell is a genius in describing his family and his passion for the natural world in terms both deeply interesting and hilarious. His remembrances are vivid and delightful, and some are etched in my memory forever. I love this little book and nothing is better than curling up with an old friend, and settling into a nostalgic and thoroughly heart-warming visit.