- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (June 29, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0142004413
- ISBN-13: 978-0142004418
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.7 x 7.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 479 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,427 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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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.