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The Bafut Beagles

4.15 of 5 stars 4.15  ·  rating details  ·  926 ratings  ·  26 reviews
Young English zoologist Gerard Durrell returns to the Cameroons in West Central Africa in 1949 for another humorous and fascinating animal collecting expedition. Meet a frog with a coat of hair (which turns out not to be hair at all), full grown monkeys that fit inside a teacup, mice with wings, and many more of the species endemic to the Cameroons, not to mention the loca ...more
Published 2001 by House of Stratus (first published October 1954)
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Jul 08, 2014 Satwant rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
Wow, wow, wow. I was at airport in between my flights and i need something to pass my time. So i just go to store and pick a random book up and guess what, It was The Bafut Beagles. I causally go through first few pages and start to feel that this is not the usual book we read. It has something extra and something new. The natural comedy that generate from individual from this book, commentary by My Durrell about certain incidence, Bafut people and most of all an exciting world of wild life. I a ...more
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This is the second of Durrell's books I have read. I am not sure if it the second in the series of his memoirs though. This one was written in 1954, so I presume it is about a trip to Cameroon that occured a few years before that? He never actually says exactly when. But it's the story of a several-months long trip in the Cameroons that he took to collect lots of animals. Most of his trip was spent in the higher lands, an area called the Bafut, where he was the guest of
Guy Noyes
I read this book 50 years ago and it remains one of Durrell's classic animal collector's tales. It is full of characters, both human like the tall, elegant Fon of Bafut and animals like the elusive hairy toad. Our affable British guide drinks gin with the Fon and teaches his people the conga line. The high grasslands are well described and, as always, mischievous animals cause havoc. Durrell laughs with his hunters and at himself. Treat yourself to a jolly time with this book.
It's quite interesting reading this at the same time as I'm listening to the audiobook of "Blood River". Both are tales of Englishmen in Africa. Whereas Tim Butcher spends most of the time in real danger, refuses to stereotype, and uses his wits to determine which of the many people he meets are worthy of trust and respect, Gerald Durrell is writing in another age, and he just cruises around, effortlessly assuming his right to be called "Masa" and "Sah" by the flock of undifferentiated, caricatu ...more
One of the funniest books I've ever read. Durrell travels to the small country of Camaroon and interacts with a jungle community, complete with its own king. The pidgin English is hilarious without ever being demeaning, and the tribes people knock themselves out helping Durrell and his crew gather rare species. Not to be missed.
Another fun book about a guy tramping around in the bush looking for obscure animals with the aid of some very interesting local characters. I just love these books and smile every time I think of Gerald leading a conga line all around a little village in the Cameroons.
Katy Defay
This book details Durrell's first trip to the Cameroons. First published in the 1950's, it is an enjoyable story about the native peoples he meets and the strange and unusual animals he collects in hopes of bringing them back to British zoos. The story is full of humor (which, incidentally, is not captured by the audiobook narrator, who seems to not grasp the humor or is unable to portray it.)
The best place to start with Durrell is My Family and Other Animals, which tells of Durrell's introducti
As always with Gerald Durrell, this book is easy to read and full of humour. Unfortunately this time there's a big qualifier: his portrayal of Africans. To be fair, it would have been a rare European in the 1940's who saw Africans as equals, there is no outright brutality - this is a book of humour, after all! - and from time to time his paternalistic affection blooms into genuine respect. Still, this grated, and in addition I for one get bored quickly by drinking scenes, but the book is saved f ...more
Clivemichael Justice
I read this in the 60's, an inspiring romp through Cameroon chasing after "wild "animals to put into zoo's. Don't recall much about it 50 years later but it is interesting to note, being here in Cameroon now, there are not many, maybe any, of those animals left. Bush meat, compromised habitat and excessive human growth have done the damage. Visiting Bafut I wonder at the older men and women, how many of them were even alive when he was here in 1949. Time to revisit it, should I find a copy somew ...more
While Durrell was reputed to exaggerate some of his experiences when on animal collecting trips for his private zoo in Jersey, no one could deny he had a way with words and delivered many humorous anecdotes about the animals and the people involved through a whole series of books. The Bafut Beagles (actually a group of men who assisted Durrell in his quests in that part of Africa) was one of the funniest and is a very entertaining read.
More of Durrell's rememberences of collecting animals in Africa. Hilarious, touching, fascinating, and yet disturbing as we stand on the brink of species extinction. A wonderful human interest book.
This book like every other Gerald Durrell book was a joy to read. Compared to My Family and Other Animals, it has a maturer tone and is one that everyone should read.
There are some great scenes, it isn't as good as the books in which the rest of the Durrell family appear, but still fun to read.
feel sorry for those animals that were captured. I actually feel sad when one of those animals are died
Great book to listen too. More stories of collecting animals for zoos in Cameroon in the 1940's.
David Smith
Very funny - Cameroun has never looked so good! Waiting to be adapted for the big screen.
"My Family and Other Animals" still remains the best, but this is a great follow-up.
The first, and most startlingly adventurous Gerald Durrell book I ever read.
humorous, entertaining, and still highly relevant to the Bafut community today
Maggie Curry
Always hilarious, this Durrell story is another keeper!
Ali Wyld
THE BAFUT BEAGLES by Gerald Durrell (1965)
Rohan Thuraisingham
Attitude to Africa and Africans a bit dated
Na foine book, dis! I like too much.
As usual, highly enjoyable.
thoroughly enjoyable
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Gerald Durrell was born in India in 1925. His family settled on Corfu when Durrell was a boy and he spent his time studying its wildlife. He relates these experiences in the trilogy beginning with My Family and Other Animals, and continuing with Birds, Beasts and Relatives and The Garden of the Gods. In his books he writes with wry humour and great perception about both the humans and the animals ...more
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My Family and Other Animals (Corfu Trilogy, #1) Birds, Beasts, and Relatives (Corfu Trilogy, #2) A Zoo in My Luggage The Corfu Trilogy The Garden of the Gods (Corfu Trilogy, #3)

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