- By Gerald Durrell

My Family and Other Animals

  • Title: My Family and Other Animals
  • Author: Gerald Durrell
  • ISBN: 9780241951460
  • Page: 449
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • My Family and Other Animals What we all need said Larry is sunshinea country where we can grow Yes dear that would be nice agreed Mother not really listening I had a letter from George this morning he says Corfu s wonderfu

    What we all need, said Larry, is sunshinea country where we can grow Yes, dear, that would be nice, agreed Mother, not really listening I had a letter from George this morning he says Corfu s wonderful Why don t we pack up and go to Greece Very well, dear, if you like, said Mother unguardedly.Escaping the ills of the British climate, the Durrell family ac What we all need, said Larry, is sunshinea country where we can grow Yes, dear, that would be nice, agreed Mother, not really listening I had a letter from George this morning he says Corfu s wonderful Why don t we pack up and go to Greece Very well, dear, if you like, said Mother unguardedly.Escaping the ills of the British climate, the Durrell family acne ridden Margo, gun toting Leslie, bookworm Lawrence and budding naturalist Gerry, along with their long suffering mother and Roger the dog take off for the island of Corfu.But the Durrells find that, reluctantly, they must share their various villas with a menagerie of local fauna among them scorpions, geckos, toads, bats and butterflies.

    1 thought on “My Family and Other Animals

    1. The first from the trilogy and the first of Durrel's I've ever read. No words can express my love for this author and his immense sense of humor, pure and light, nothing topical or scathing beneath. I remember vividly laughing out loud on the streets and on buses while reading it, so wisely consider your reading spot! Howling with laughter in public places might cause you troubles, but the best part - you won't care a bit and will always consider it worthy!

    2. I loved 'My family and Other Animals'(1956) by Gerald Durrell from start to finish, thoroughly and in detail. That's why I will tell you about it from A to Z.A is for animalsThe way Gerald Durrell describes them is unbeatable. He casts a spell on you not only when he portrays quite spectacular species but also quite prosaic ones. Gerry Durrell.[Image source]B is for bathing-costumeThe chapter in which mother purchases an extravagant garment, 'covered from top to bottom with hundreds of frills an [...]

    3. A delightful, lyrical and altogether MAGICAL read.*WARNING* Review includes mention of tortoise sex!It's usually a huge mistake to return to a childhood favourite, hoping it would be just as good the second time around. So, when I found this book in the attic, with its dog-eared cover held together with Sellotape and its pages jaundiced with age, I had mixed feelings about reading it again.(A side note to any fellow Brits who once strode majestically in platform shoes: the price on the book was [...]

    4. "I would like to make a point of stressing that all the anecdotes about the island and the islanders are absolutely true. Living in Corfu was rather like living in one of the more flamboyant and slapstick comic operas." - thus claims Gerald Durrell in his Speech of Defense - or as other authors would prefer to call it: The Foreword or Introduction.Gerard Durrell: My grateful thanks then to:My wife, who pleased me by laughing uproariously when reading the manuscript, only to inform me that it was [...]

    5. This is a perfectly charming memoir written by Gerald Durrell, a well known British naturalist and zookeeper. It's charming because it chronicles his experiences with his family on Corfu, as a 10-year-old animal enthusiast. It's charming because it is beautifully written. It's charming because it is humorous. It's charming because his family is so colonial and ooze Englishness but at the same time are quite unconventional. For all those reasons, I would recommend this book and indeed, I had a fe [...]

    6. I went back and decided to write a review on this non-fictional novel/memoir (not all events are fully true I believe) which is considered by some to be a modern classic. I remember finding a box of Gerald Durrell stories on the shelf as a twelve year old and reading them in luxury. They captivated me as Durrell told the story of his childhood in Corfu hunting animals. Not only was it full of interesting facts about the animals he caught but also about the people in his life. Told with wit, humo [...]

    7. I just finished My Family and Other Animals. It's VERY, very good. It's light, it’s fun and in fact what it teaches about animals, human beings included, is absolutely spot-on! It teaches about animals which a lay person doesn't usually get all that inspired about - snakes and lizards and turtles and bugs. Some special birds too. I was running to Wiki time and time again to see these creatures. One can't help but be drawn in because the stories about the strange bugs and beasts are so bizarre! [...]

    8. ¡Me ha encantado! Es entrañable, evocador y MUY divertido, hacía tiempo que no me reía a carcajada limpia con un libro pero Durrell lo consigue con una facilidad envidiable.Esta familia y su peculiar zoo ambulante se ha quedado conmigo, por supusto leeré las secuelas ♥

    9. 1/2010 Review:I inhabit this book. I walk through the olive groves and swim in the crystal seas of pre-war Corfu. I think I can never go to Greece because of this book. I would want the taxis to be horse-drawn, and the small boys to be ranging freely about the island.I love so much about this book it's hard to pick and choose. I love that Gerry was so devoted to animals from the very beginning. I love the self-centered, irascible Larry (who grew into the genius Lawrence Durrell). I love Mother, [...]

    10. It gets better every time I read it. Thank Heavens Durrell didn't get much formal schooling, or they might have educated his writing ability right out of him. The chapter about the moonless midnight swim, with the fire flies flickering, and the porpoises making trails in the phosphorescence, and the millions of stars shining overhead was so incredibly beautiful that it brought real tears to my eyes.

    11. I got hooked on the show which was amazing, and was recommended to read the book, which I'm glad I did because it's equally amazing yet different. The Durrell's story is an escape from ordinary life in a way that I can't articulate but I kind of love. It's also hilarious - what a family! I really feel like I got to know Larry, Leslie, Margo, Mother, Spiro, even Lugaretzia. One of my favorite quotes:Gradually the magic of the island settled over us as gently and clingingly as pollen. Each day had [...]

    12. Imagine that you receive a phone call that your eccentric uncle has passed away and you, his niece or nephew who barely knew him, have been tasked with the dreaded job of wading through some eighty years of his belongings.Days later, you find yourself in his dusty home, making piles of old pants for Goodwill, and in doing so, you discover a tall column of meticulously organized journals. What's this?Next thing you know, you're down on the floor, reading through page after page of fascinating not [...]

    13. Che libro meraviglioso!!! La mia famiglia e altri animali, primo romanzo della Trilogia di Corfù, che ho intenzione di continuare al più presto, è il racconto spassosissimo dei primi cinque anni di vita del famoso zoologo inglese nell'isola greca, in compagnia della sua bizzarra famiglia. Durrell racconta l'isola e le sue meraviglie naturali, mescolando, alla sua crescente passione per la Natura, aneddoti della propria vita familiare. La madre con la passione per cucina e giardinaggio, una so [...]

    14. Gerald Durrell, irmão do escritor Lawrence Durrell, escreve um relato - biográfico e muito divertido - sobre os cinco anos que ele e a sua família viveram na Grécia.As personagens:A família Durrell; Alguns habitantes de Corfu;Amigos de Larry (Lawrence), um grupo de excêntricos (quase tanto como os Durrell), que os visitam na ilha e que protagonizam cenas hilariantes;Muitos animais; cães, tartarugas, águias, pegas, lagartos, escaravelhos, cobras, e um mundo sem fim de bicharada que foram [...]

    15. Hoću ja (tvoje detinjstvo, Džeralde Durele)!To bi bio moj utisak. Pola romana sam proveo u ljubomori, pola u apsolutnom uživanju. Tipično engleski humor, zanimljivi likovi (posebno kada se malo čačne Vikipedija i istorija porodice u pitanju), tek ponekad suviše meandrirajuća narativa. Medjutim, toplina kojom zrači, krajolik kojim odiše – lek za dušu i mozak. Ali postoji i momenat gorčine, jer zaista, zaista nije lako čitati ovako nešto u sred užeglog pazuha od grada Beograda i j [...]

    16. Se não fosse pelos rasgados elogios dos amigos do nunca teria dado por esta preciosidade. E o que eu teria perdidoA Minha Família e Outros Animais foi dos livros mais divertidos que li, que me levou a ataques de riso incontroláveis e a a figurinhas de que é melhor nem falar.E nem foi preciso o autor puxar muito pela imaginação, só teve que desfolhar as memórias da meninice passada na ilha de Corfu, na Grécia.Completamente à solta numa ilha cheia de bicharada, o miúdo deu rédeas à s [...]

    17. If you need to laugh at something genuinely funny with not an ounce of mean spiritedness in it, or if you need to think of sunshine sparkling on the water (John Denver did that best) or maybe you would feel better to learn of the antics of a couple of naughty puppies named Widdle and Puke,an owl named Ulysses, various pet scorpions and snakes who chill out in the bath, then get yourself a medicinal dose of Gerald Durrell. I think I'll make a new shelf called "Medicinal Literature". I myself bega [...]

    18. Five stars all the way for this one. Yes, it was copyrighted in 1956, but this oldie is a goodie! Its hilarious. It captures the culture of the period on the Greek island of Corfu. It contains animals with unique personalities. Colorful characters abound in the form of the family's driver, Spiro, the tutor, Kralefsky, and numerous friends. This family has to be one of the first dysfunctional families to be chronicled. From the "Yes, dear" Mother to the eldest obnoxious son, Larry, to military Le [...]

    19. Hilarious, vibrant story! It sort of reminded me of two of my favorite authors, Jonathan Dunne and Farley Mowat. The story of a wacky family moving from England to Greece, it's a completely unforgettable memoir with a lot of originality.

    20. This is a hilarious book. It can be aptly summed up something like this:—In a restaurant, laughing for the past two pages. A woman asks me, "What are you reading?""My Family and Other Animals." I said, "They just got attacked by scorpions.""And you're cracking up about that?" she asks, curiously."Yup."—And it's totally true. Everything is funny about this book… even the acknowledgements!

    21. Re-read via the BBCNaturalist Gerald Durrell's magical 1930s childhood with his eccentric family on the Greek island of Corfu. Stars Celia Imrie.1956 - such a good year!

    22. Η απογοήτευση όταν αγοράζεις ένα βιβλίο με τη βεβαιότητα πως θα το απολαύσεις αλλά στο τέλος σε αφήνει με ανάμεικτα αισθήματα. Είναι το πρώτο μέρος μιας τριλογίας. Τα άλλα δύο είναι τα: Birds, Beasts, and Relatives The Garden of the Gods. Αλλά επειδή σαν ιστορία είναι καλογραμμένη και ευχάριστη κα [...]

    23. This is a wonderful account of a 10-year old boy's childhood years on the greek island of Corfu after his family moves there from England in the 1930s. The boy is a rabid naturalist, and is always collecting poisonous, slithering, leggy, and/or hostile creatures home (much to his family's dismay) to study and keep as pets. Parts of the book are laugh-out-loud funny, especially descriptions of the antics of his bizarre family members. One thing did keep nagging me throughout the book- I kept thin [...]

    24. What a delightful book and what a quirky family. Durrell is a natural born storyteller, he does such a great job with the visuals. I could really experience Corfu through his writing and some of the visulas were darn near hysterical. A turtle for a pet, a turtle who will come when called and loves strawberries. A baby pigeon who they hand feed and who than doesn't learn how to fly but follows them everywhere, running behind them and cooing. A traveler trader who has beetles tied around their wai [...]

    25. Τώρα τελευταία προμηθεύτηκα αρκετά αυτοβιογραφικά και ταξιδιωτικά βιβλία συγγραφέων που ταξίδεψαν και έζησαν στην Ελλάδα. Πάτρικ Λι Φέρμορ, Χένρι Μίλερ, Λόρενς και Τζέραλντ Ντάρελ δεν είναι και λίγοι οι συγγραφείς που απόλαυσαν τις ομορφιές και τις ιδιαιτερότητες της χώ [...]

    26. Where do I even begin?Above all things, what I can say about Durrell is that he is a fantastic observer of animal behavior, and his observations don't stop with the human animal. Durrell, as he looks back on his childhood, gives the impression of being wildly at home in the world and full of awe, reverence, mischief, curiosity. I am reminded of reading "The Wind in the Willows" because I have a similar feeling that I am reading a deeply spiritual text. Durrell basks in the quirks of his fellow c [...]

    27. What can I say about this book? It is an exquisite description of adventurous life, as a British family decides to leave for Corfu. Not just any family: a widowed Mother with her three boys and one girl, one dog called Roger and many other smaller "creatures" Gerry, the youngest, is keenly interested in nature, botanic and zoology and his passion for animals and habitats will turn him, in future, into one major protector of the wild and of nature and its inhabitants Gerald Durrell, the adult, fo [...]

    28. This was such a delightful book. I can only recommend it. It's not terribly long, but written in such an elegant but humorous way I cannot believe it took me this long to read it. I'm not a big nature person, and while this book is written by a future zoologist it doesn't seem to matter. The story is much more than a catalog of a boys adventures on Corfu, but rather a story of a very real family. I have been to Corfu and can attest to the fact that it is striking, so reading of this family who f [...]

    29. I am so glad that I finally read this book who stood neglected on my TBR shelf for too long. Durell’s remarkable ability of observation enables him to vividly portray on paper the behaviour of the creatures (and the people) around him in their minuscule details. The descriptions of the landscapes of Corfu Island in their changing seasons are equally beautifully poetic and glossy. Part nature guide and part autobiography, with plenty of humorous anecdotes, this memoir is a pleasure to read.

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