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My Family and Other Animals
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745143491
  • Publisher: Sound Library
  • Publication date: 11/1/1994
  • Format: Cassette
  • Edition description: Unabridged

Meet the Author

Gerald Durrell was born in Jamshedpur, India, in 1925. A student of zoology, he founded the Jersey Wildlife Preservation Trust on the Channel Island of Jersey. His other books include A Zoo in My Luggage and The Whispering Land (both available from Penguin).

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Table of Contents

My Family and Other Animals The Speech For The Defence

Part One
The Migration
1. The Unsuspected Isle
2. The Strawberry-Pink Villa
3. The Rose-Beetle Man
4. A Bushel Of Learning
5. A Treasure Of Spiders
6. The Sweet Spring
Conversation

Part Two
7. The Daffodil-Yellow Villa
8. The Tortoise Hills
9. The World In A Wall
10. The Pageant Of Fireflies
11. The Enchanted Archipelago
12. The Woodcock Winter
Conversation

Part Three
13. The Snow-White Villa
14. The Talking Flowers
15. The Cyclamen Woods
16. The Lake Of Lilies
17. The Chessboard Fields
18. An Entertainment With Animals
The Return

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2005

    I wish I could give it 6 stars!

    This book is absolutely, brilliantly funny. The wit and unique characterizations are woven with great descriptions of the animals and plants of Corfu. That Durrell can hold the attention of readers who have no interest in biology simply demonstrates what a fine work this is. Gerald's depiction of a larger-than-life expatriate family on a larger-than-life Greek island is a tremendous celebration of life. The variety of different Greek characters parading through this book rivals the variety of Corfu's flora and fauna. Absolute great read!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2007

    This book is the best!

    This is so wonderful as it tells about Gerald and his family leaving England for Corfu And how he spends his life their learning and growing. This book is truly amozing

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2006

    MY FAMILY AND OTHER ANIMALS

    I absolutely loved this book because it was really funny. Durrell lovingly described each and every animal that he owned. He also told every detail of the settings, so I felt like I was really in Corfu.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2005

    Fantastic Comedy

    Some parts (namely the garden scenes) can be a bit slow, but the eccentric nature and vibrant personalities of the family creates some of the most rib-bruising comedy I've ever read. I first read it when I was eleven, and I still have tears of myrth running down my face each time I read my favorite scenes! Every sentance (yes, even in the slower scenes) is written in a way that creates breathtaking images in your mind. There are very few writers who can stir such beautiful sights in the depths of my imagination. This is highly reccomended to anyone looking for a good laugh (particularly those with loud, loony families!).

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2005

    A family favorite

    This book has been a family favorite for myself and three children. Perhaps a bit slow going in the beginning for a youngster, a ten to twelve-year-old can read it by themselves and enjoy it as well as a seasoned adult reader. Great for cold days as it evokes the shimmery heat of a Greek summer.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2000

    Hilarious!

    this is one of the funniest and most informative books i have ever read...all the characters in it were so alive for me that i was heartbroken when while i was halfway through the book, the newspapers advertised the passing away of the famous lawrence durrell (the author's brother and a main character in the book)...

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  • Posted August 29, 2014

    A wonderful read!!

    This is one of my most favorite books. It is wonderful from every angle....family dynamics, international travel, animals and nature...all written about with great humor. I was given it as a gift long ago and have given it as a gift numerous times since. It is always well received. It is one of those books that can help you thru times of stress or just "to change the subject" for a while.

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  • Posted April 26, 2013

    IT WAS READ TO ME AS A CHILD WHILE I HAD THE HONG KONG FLU.  AS

    IT WAS READ TO ME AS A CHILD WHILE I HAD THE HONG KONG FLU.  AS SICK AS I WAS & AS UNCOMFORTABLE LAUGHING WAS I COULDN'T STOP LAUGHING.  WHEN I WAS BETTER I FINISHED THE BOOK MYSELF.  AND NEARLY FIFTY YEARS LATER I CAN REMEMBER THE KID WITH THE BLEEDING EARS AND A HEAD SWATHED IN COTTON.  MOTHER'S FACE WHEN SHE WAS TOLD WHAT SUBSTITUTED FOR A TOLIET.  AND THE SAINTS BIRTHDAY.  I CAN STILL SMELL HIS ROTTING TOES WITH THE SLAVIA DRIPPING DOWN THE SIDE.  IF YOU LOVE PEOPLE FOR THEMSELVES THIS IS YOUR BOOK

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  • Posted September 3, 2012

    The description of the plot, such as it is, does not reveal the

    The description of the plot, such as it is, does not reveal the richness of the writing. You gallop through the adventures and misadventures of this motley family and their menagerie. I was particularly taken by his descriptions of the olive trees in Corfu. I grew up in an olive orchard and have always been struck by the grace and beauty of the trees, especially when tousled by the wind. They are subtle, elegant trees. His perception of the olives was matched by his description of everything else, though I cannot attest to the landscape, as I have never had the pleasure of traveling to Corfu in person. I have, however, very much enjoyed living on the island vicariously through this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2003

    A book for all ages and all backgrounds

    I first read this book when turning 12. Despite the fact that I read it in translation and could not relate to all the quirks of the lovely British family, it has completely won my heart over. It still remains one of my favourites - a book to turn too when some humour, love and good writing is needed in life. And some memorable quotes have become additions to our family jargon.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2001

    If You Want to Smile, If You Want to Laugh

    This book was given to me by my Uncle in 1980 for Christmas and it seemed as though that family could have been ours. (My father was British, mother Scottish, children Canadian, and we had a French poodle.) Coming from an eccentric British family, I can relate only all too well with the humour that this story possesses. I have given this book as a gift to all of my closest friends so that they might have a deeper insight into how our family operates. (Oddly at best) I highly recommend this to anyone who wants to take a vacation but can't get away. Some day I too will go to Corfu.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2001

    A must reading for someone who appreciates animals and comedies

    the easy reading for adults and advisory reading for children

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