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My Family and Other Animals

Durrell, Gerald (Book - 2004 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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When the unconventional Durrell family can no longer endure the damp, gray English climate, they do what any sensible family would do: sell their house and relocate to the sunny Greek isle of Corfu. My Family and Other Animals was intended to embrace the natural history of the island but ended up as a delightful account of Durrell's family's experiences, from the many eccentric hangers-on to the ceaseless procession of puppies, toads, scorpions, geckoes, ladybugs, glowworms, octopuses, bats, and butterflies into their home.
Authors: Durrell, Gerald, 1925-1995
Title: My family and other animals
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2004
Characteristics: xiii, 273 p. ;,20 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Gerald Durrell
ISBN: 0142004413
9780142004418
Branch Call Number: 591.9499 D96m 2004
Subject Headings: Corfu Island (Greece) Description and travel Natural history Greece Corfu Island Zoologists Great Britain Biography Durrell, Gerald, 1925-1995 Childhood and youth Dorrell family
Topical Term: Natural history
Zoologists
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Join the discussion on July 21, 2015. Written in 1956, Durrell tells the lovely tale of his family’s move from a damp and gray England to the sunny island of Corfu in the Aegean Sea. There follows a constant procession of charming and amusing characters, human and animal.

A delightful account of Durrell's family's experiences on the Greek isle of Corfu, from the many eccentric hangers-on to the ceaseless procession of puppies, toads, scorpions, geckoes, ladybugs, glowworms, octopuses, bats, and butterflies into their home.

When the unconventional Durrell family can no longer endure the damp, gray English climate, they do what any sensible family would do: sell their house and relocate to the sunny Greek isle of Corfu.

Super memoir, first of a trilogy, about how the now- famous Durrell family left a cold, gray coastal English town for the isle of Corfu. Especially humorous and interesting is the way he paints his much older brother, Lawrence, probably the most famous of the family. What a pain in the patoot h... Read More »

When the unconventional Durrell family can no longer endure the damp, gray English climate, they do what any sensible family would do: sell their house and relocate to the sunny Greek isle of Corfu.


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Nov 09, 2012
  • sess430 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Durrell is a great storyteller; he can be very funny at times. I enjoyed this fantastic account of his unusual childhood on a Greek island. The BBC production of it pales in comparison.

Gerald Durrell turns his engaging writing on his family daynamics. Quirky, eccentric, highly enjoyable read set in Corfu and boyhood.

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