My Family and Other Animals

My Family and Other Animals

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My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell

Gerald Durrell's bewitching account of a rare and magical childhood on the island of Corfu, the inspiration for The Durrells in Corfu on Masterpiece PBS

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 and relocate to the sunny Greek isle of Corfu. My Family and Other Animals was intended to embrace the natural history of the island but ended up as a delightful account of Durrell’s family’s 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142004418
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/29/2004
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 72,002
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.73(d)
Age Range: 18 - 17 Years

About the Author

Gerald Durrell - naturalist, author, media personality, conservationist and founder of the internationally renowned Jersey Zoo. He was a passionate and persuasive advocate of the need for the conservation of animals and plants and their habitats. A larger than life character, he was a brilliant story-teller in speech and in print.

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My Family and Other Animals 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!).
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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)...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't wait to read the others.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I 1st read this in the 1990's. I'd gone to the library near where I was living (overseas) at the time, and a very kind librarian pointed out Mr. Durrell's Corfu series to me. Since I'd enjoyed the James Harriet series about a Scottish veterinarian based in Yorkshire, she thought I might appreciate this series, too. She was correct. The two series are quite different in terms of settings and content. They are similar, though, in that both authors are natural storytellers with a great love for the people and the area in which they live, a love for their families, and a love of animals. I cannot recommend these books enough. They are funny, touching, and suitable for the whole family.
DurrellFan More than 1 year ago
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.
PIGEONPIE More than 1 year ago
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
Olivia50 More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the easy reading for adults and advisory reading for children
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Your eleven year old stepsis who accidently killed our guinea pig. Walked in from school. "Hey nol"