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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Eight droll stories--linked only in that they may or may not have happened to Durrell--told with the cleverness and wit of an accomplished after-dinner raconteur. (May)
Library Journal
In these eight stories, which feature the author himself, naturalist Durrell contrasts human and animal behavior. The entire collection is prefaced by an epigram from Ambrose Bierce's Devil's Dictionary : ``Bride--a woman with a fine prospect of happiness behind her.'' The reader soon finds the same prospect, for the epigram's minimal relevance indicates the problem: Durrell does not seem to know when he has made his point. The title story shows how the author's widowed mother cleverly stops her meddlesome children from trying to get her remarried. ``Retirement'' aims for profundity with the sudden death of a retiring sea captain but becomes silly. ``The Jury,'' about a hangman in Paraguay haunted by his victims, has potential but grows tired and predictable. There are many wonderfully descriptive passages and images, but they ramble. A valiant effort drowned by purple prose. Not recommended.--Kenneth Mintz, Hoboken P.L., N.J.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559702133
  • Publisher: Hachette Book Group
  • Publication date: 5/9/1993
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 0.48 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2012

    Didn't appeal

    This just didn't appeal - I lost interest immediately. The charcters had no complexity; I didn't care wht they were doing or what happened to them.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2013

    Quintessentially Gerald Durrell

    I became a Gerald Durrell fan years ago after reading "My Family and Other Animals" and have thoroughly enjoyed all his autobiographical books. "Marrying Off Mother" is a great collection of some of his humorous life stories. I was shopping for the Nook versions of Gerald Durrell's wonderful stories about living in Corfu with his family. "Marrying Off Mother" is the only offering for Nook books at this time. Hopefully BN will expand their Gerald Durrell titles to at least include "My Family and Other Animals," not just the study guide for this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2013

    Max to Melody

    Go to 'M and M' first result...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2013

    :P

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    Posted November 4, 2012

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