My Family and Other Animals

My Family and Other Animals

Book - 2004
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The first book Gerald Durrell's Corfu Trilogy : a  bewitching account of a rare and magical childhood on the island of Corfu, now the inspiration for The Durrells in Corfu on Masterpiece PBS

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.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2004
ISBN: 9780142004418
0142004413
Branch Call Number: 591.9499 D96m 2004
Characteristics: xiii, 273 p. ; 20 cm

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A charming and keenly observed memoir of Durrell's childhood years when he and his family moved to the Greek island of Corfu.

A hilarious account of travels, travails and family dysfunction.

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 »


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lafleurjaune
Apr 17, 2017

I agree that the books about Gerald Durrell's quirky yet idyllic childhood on the island of Corfu are much funnier and filled with warmth compared to the PBS TV series, which is darker. I've read all of his books based on his time in Corfu: 'My Family and Other Animals', 'Birds, Beasts and Relatives' and 'Fauna and Family'. He also wrote 'Menagerie Manor', about his adventures later in life, at the zoo he founded on the Island of Jersey. I love these books and admire his passion for animal conservation and also his wonderfully humorous writing style.

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patcarstensen
Apr 11, 2017

Roll-around-on-the-floor funny

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Rubicat
Sep 17, 2015

very entertaining - reminiscent of P. G. Wodehouse. I found it hard to like the eldest brother, but I'm sure that was the intent. All I could think of was how he deserved to be slapped, repeatedly, with notes on how to live in the real world. It was also hard not to laugh out loud about the many adventures. I cannot imagine my family dealing with that many pets in the house!

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wyenotgo
Aug 03, 2015

For anyone who, like me, admires the works of the amazingly talented Durrell family, particularly Gerald and his famous brother Lawrence, this book is not to be missed. Highly amusing, told from the viewpoint of Gerald at the age of ten, it relates the family's sojourn on Corfu. And of course besides the irrepressible Durrell clan with all their peculiarities, a great menagerie of birds, animals, reptiles etc. are bound to appear. Durrell has the biologist's view of life and the humorist's take on human foibles -- quite an irresistible combination!

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ownedbydoxies
Dec 18, 2014

Thoroughly charming story, published in the 1950's, by a British man whose family moved to Greece when he was ten, in the 1930's. Things have certainly changed a lot, however the time he describes is quiet, warm, full of life and joy. He has a dry sense of humor and an obvious love for his family members. This book is highly recommended and I'll be looking for more by the same author.

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sess430
Nov 09, 2012

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.

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jennybeast
Jul 18, 2012

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

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