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Beasts In My Bed
Mrs. Durrell begins at the moment when she first set eyes on her future husband, Gerald . . . Her meetings with the othr members of his family, their efforts at home-making and their journeys together in search of animals for the zoo reveal a writer of wit, massive understatement and a most attractive style (jacket blurb). Footnotes by Gerald Durrell.
Paperback, Eighth impression, 191 pages
Published May 1974 by Fontana Books
(first published 1967)
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Does anyone remember a passage in this book where Gerald Durrell and his brother(s) make Jacquie have a haircut, almost by force? If I remember correctly, there was something about their telling her she 'looked like an eastern European refugee' or similar, and making her sit down while one of them cut her hair whether she liked it or not? She said it did look better afterwards, but even so...
Oct 09, 2014 Rebecca Foster rated it really liked it
(3.5) Jacquie writes almost as well as Gerald, and in a similar style: wry and witty, with good recreated dialogue and charming descriptions of animal antics. This memoir chronicles their early married days with Mother and Margo in Bournemouth, collecting trips to Paraguay, Cameron, Argentina, New Zealand and Australia, and the early stages of setting up the Jersey Zoo. There’s a funny section about dancing with the Fon of Bafut (a recurring figure in Durrell’s work), and plenty of grumbling abo ...more