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FREE MOBI ↠ DOC My Family Other Animals 9780142004418 â INSOLPRO » [PDF / Epub] ✅ My Family Other Animals By Gerald Durrell – 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 ans 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 45 Stars ”I should like to pay a special tribute to my mother to whom this book is dedicated Like a gentle enthusiastic and understanding Noah she has steered her vessel full of strange progeny through the stormy seas of life with great skill always faced with the possibility of mutiny always surrounded by the dangerous shoals of overdraft and extravagance never being sure that her navigation would be approved by the crew but certain that she would be blamed for anything that went wrong” There’s a charm in this semi autobiographical tale of Gerald Durrell’s family’s life after moving from England to the Greek island of Corfu as a young inuisitive lad at the age of ten surrounded by nature and discovering the wildlife of his new surroundings His nature from his youth through his entire life seems to center around the bond between man the natural world and animals and he uickly gathers new “pets” to bring home to his less than enthusiastic family over entertaining some of these species And while I can completely understand not wanting to find some of these critters have been released into my home in his skillful hands these stories are charmingly humorous and I loved every second of his escapades especially since all of these anecdotes are true ”Gradually the magic of the island settled over us as gently and clingingly as pollen Each day had a tranuility timelessness about it so that you wished it would never end But then the dark skin of night would peel off and there would be a fresh day waiting for us glossy and colourful as a child’s transfer and with the same tinge of unreality” Shortly before I was born my parents were gifted an Irish Setter puppy from a family two houses away they owned the sire of the litter and the puppy had originally been briefly owned by another couple who had it sent straight off to some Edgar Sawtelle like intense training camp without ever interacting with it He arrived at our house essentially as perfectly behaved a dog as possible – especially for an Irish Setter I took my naps on him while my mother was busy with other things There’s been very few days months years since then that I have lived without a dog or cat in my home I grew up wanting to become a veterinarian as well and couldn’t imagine anyone not wanting to do something where you could interacts with dogs and cats Certainly there were other critters in my neighborhood where we spent our days exploring catching pollywogs and traipsing through the woods or swinging on vines all while trying to avoid snakes and such or catching lightning bugs at night but then releasing them back to the darkening skies but I can’t imagine bringing home even a snake let alone some of the creatures young Gerald brought home But it isn’t just his love of these creatures or his love of nature in general that moves this story along it’s this delightfully uirky family he happens to belong to and their various reactions to coming home to yet another new strange “pet” that he has brought home A curious boy and a lenient loving mother together make this a wildly eccentric ride in the best way Shared with a sprinkling of nostalgia a love of family and a captivating humour throughout he managed to make me wish I’d been there through it all well almost all I think I would take a pass on the incident with the scorpions ”It was no half hearted spring this the whole island vibrated with it as though a great ringing chord had been struck Everyone and everything heard it and responded It was apparent in the gleam of flower petals the flash of bird wings and the sparkle in the dark liuid eyes of the peasant girls In the water filled ditches the frogs that looked newly enameled snored a rapturous chorus in the lush weeds In the village coffee shops the wine seemed redder and somehow potent Blunt work calloused fingers plucked at guitar strings with strange gentleness and rich voices rose in lilting haunting song” Many thanks to Candi whose review prompted me to add this thanks as well to the Public Library system and the many Librarians that manage organize and keep it running for the loan of this book

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Ek isle of Corfu My Family and Other Animals was intended to embrace the natural history of the island but My Family PDFEPUBended up as a delightful account of Durrell’s family This is the story of a five year sojourn that I and my family made on the Greek island of Corfu It was originally intended to be a mildly nostalgic account of the natural history of the island but I made a grave mistake by introducing my family into the book in the first few pages Having got themselves on paper they then proceeded to establish themselves and invite various friends to share the chapters I say Mr Durrell introducing your wildly entertaining family was the icing on the cake to this spectacular tale The things I’ve seen heard and experienced in the pages of this novel could hardly be put into words without the picturesue writing skills that Gerald Durrell possessed However if I could pick a family to call my own it would be the Durrells With Gerry’s siblings Larry Leslie and Margo the amusement is endless Their unflappable mother is adorable so calm and collected considering she lived in a home that had become a cross between a madhouse and a zoo And the supporting characters are every bit as lovable Spiro a local taxi driver takes the family under his wing and becomes an integral part of their daily lives One of my favorite scenes which I’ve aptly named ‘the flinging of the scorpions’ follows Then one day I found a fat female scorpion in the wall wearing what at first glance appeared to be a pale fawn fur coat Closer inspection proved that this strange garment was made up of a mass of tiny babies clinging to the mother’s back I made up my mind to smuggle them into the house Gerry placed his new find in a matchbox and left it on the mantle while they all sat down to lunch As luck would have it brother Larry was a smoker I yelled at my Kindle to warn Larry of the hidden danger inside the matchbox he was about to open but of course they never listen to me He uttered a roar of fright that made Lugaretzia drop a plate and brought Roger out from beneath the table barking wildly With a flick of his hand he sent the unfortunate scorpion flying down the table and she landed midway between Margo and Leslie scattering babies like confetti The ensuing chaos had me doubled over with laughter I also giggled as the ‘magenpies’ – the name Spiro gives to magpies destroyed Larry’s manuscript; and again when a snake filled bathtub sent Leslie streaking into the midst of a party with only a small towel for covering In fact I hooted aloud so often that my own dogs would watch me with rapt attention perplexed by my sudden outbursts Every page is filled with dreamily descriptive writing so remarkable that I feel as if I’ve experienced the entire book first hand I would urge anyone no matter your age to give this heart warming hilarious romp a go Gerald Durrell is one of the most gifted writers I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading

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My Family Other AnimalsWhen 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 Gre A delightful lyrical and altogether MAGICAL read ADVANCE WARNING Review includes mention of tortoise sexIt's usually a huge mistake to return to a childhood favourite imagining 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 pages jaundiced with age I had mixed feelings about reading it againA side note to any fellow Brits who once strode majestically in platform shoes the price on the book was a nostalgic three shillings and sixpence My Family and Other Animals is the semi autobiographical account of prepubescent Gerald's expat life on the Greek island of Corfu with his upper crust eccentric English familyHappily this entertaining book far exceeded my expectations I rediscovered the same Mediterranean island from my boyhood wish list; a sun drenched idyll of olive groves cypress trees and hidden covesDurrell was better known as a leading naturalist and conservationist but it would be a huge mistake to disregard his skill as an authorWithout a shadow of a doubt he was a formidable storyteller and his command of the English language would shame most of our modern day scribblers Not only this; his human imagery is up there with the bestDurrell generates genuinely laugh out loud moments with his impish descriptive humour his sister Margot's acne ridden face for example is described as being swollen up like a plate of scarlet porridgeAnimals on the island are cheerfully anthropomorphised including Geronimo the gecko uasimodo the pigeon plus Widdle and Puke the gambolling puppies Durrell's overuse of similes and adjectives might cause some readers to grind their teeth to powder but I personally adore this overkill of descriptive imageryThe author's personification of animals extends to goats whose udders swing like bagpipes and also in respect of some tortoise shagging the tortoises with each other not any deviant behaviour on Durrell's partSet in the 1930s before the hedonism of mass tourism had descended upon the Greek islands Gerald Durrell puts the 'Cor' into CorfuThis is not just a novel for bookish school kids I enjoyed it as a boy and I relished it even as an adult Methinks it was three shillings and sixpence well spent