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Marrying Off Mother: And Other Stories
     

Marrying Off Mother: And Other Stories

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by Gerald Durrell
 

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“All of these stories are true,” states Gerald Durrell in the preface to this newest collection of his fiction, but he quickly amends, “To be strictly accurate, some are true, some have a kernel of truth and a shell of embroidery.”

Ranging from the equator to the southern coast of England, Marrying off Mother and Other Stories

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“All of these stories are true,” states Gerald Durrell in the preface to this newest collection of his fiction, but he quickly amends, “To be strictly accurate, some are true, some have a kernel of truth and a shell of embroidery.”

Ranging from the equator to the southern coast of England, Marrying off Mother and Other Stories covers a wonderfully eccentric cast of characters. Durrell returns to his Corfu childhood and reintroduces the members of the Durrell clan familiar from My Family and Other Animals. He also shares his picnic with a fragrant sow and prize truffler named Esmeralda in the Perigord; charms an aging belle in Memphis; stays with an alcoholic hangman in Paraguay; delivers a pornographic parrot to a clergyman in London; and dines with a gambling nun in Monte Carlo.

A world-famous conservationist and humorist, Gerald Durrell shares eight irresistible stories that beg to be retold over and over again. As you’ll see in Marrying Off Mother and Other Stories, Durrell’s wit is on-point and as said in the San Francisco Chronicle, “The old Durrell charm is still there.”

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"These stories are full of romps, archness, and old-fashioned silliness."
Boston Globe
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781611458657
Publisher:
Arcade Publishing
Publication date:
07/01/2014
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
537,064
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author


Gerald Durrell was born in India and grew up in England and on the Greek island of Corfu. A world-famous conservationist and humorist, he runs the Jersey Wildlife Preservation Trust and is also the author of more than a dozen books, including The Aye-Aye and I.

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Marrying Off Mother and Other Stories 2.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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