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The Drunken Forest (ნადირობა. მოგზაურობა. თავგადასავალი : 12 ტომად #7)

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The Argentine pampas and the Chaco territory of Paraguay provide the setting for The Drunken Forest. With Durrell for interpreter, an orange armadillo, or a horned toad, or a crab-eating raccoon, or a baby giant anteater suddenly discovers the ability not merely to set you laughing but actually to endear itself to you.



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Paperback, 203 pages
Published 1958 by Penguin Books (first published 1956)
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Aug 27, 2015 karen rated it really liked it
there are three sad books awaiting reviews before this one, but i don't even care, because this one needs to be reviewed right now!! sorry, marguerite duras! let's call this even!!

how great is gerald durrell?? did someone say "very great??" because that is the correct answer. he is very great.

i have been meaning to read him for ages now, especially since i learned that he frequently deflates pompous brother lawrence in his books; in a good-natured brotherly way. and i appreciate lawrence durrel
Aug 26, 2011 Greg rated it really liked it
Shelves: animals
A not so informative review followed by pictures of animals!

If I had one complaint about this book it wasn't the un-PCness that Durrell sometimes is guilty of, it's the very brief treatment Foxy, the grey pampas fox is given in the book. Maybe because the fox is such a common creature to the English he doesn't get nearly the amount of space in the book as equally charming baby Anteater Sarah Huggersack or the baby crab-eating raccoon Pooh. But there is a very cute drawing of the fox in the book.
The Drunken Forest (1956) recounts Gerald Durrell's fourth expedition to collect wild animals. This time he travelled to South America - specifically Argentina and Paraguay - during 1954. It is the first time his first wife Jacquie features more in the anecdotes. Apparently the couple had had to elope in 1951, because of opposition to their marriage from her father! It is worth saying that is due in part to the encouragement and assistance from Jacquie, that we have these entertaining accounts t ...more
Alejandro Teruel
Dec 06, 2012 Alejandro Teruel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: en-casa, ciencias
Ever since I first read My family and other animals when I was ten or eleven years old, I have had a soft spot for Gerald Durrell. Some of his books have dated more than others and some now have passages that are excruciatingly politically incorrect, but the passages about the individual animals he collected or observed still thrill me and his droll descriptions of their more ludicrous antics still make me laugh.

I came across a fading copy of this book recently, dived straight in and I could se
Minnie Romanovich
May 29, 2007 Minnie Romanovich rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Enough good things can't be said about Gerald Durrell and his amazing (true) animal stories. Touching, clever, interesting, very witty and thoroughly compelling. I have seven of his books already, and my collection is steadily growing.

Highly recommended.
Oct 08, 2014 Neha rated it really liked it
If animal comedy is a genre then Gerald Durrell is PG woodhouse of the same..

His love for animals comes out vivid and colorful as he puts his encounters with them to paper.. his passion for animals just transforms itself so beautifully in words that it feels like you are watching Animal Planet or National geographic. Though his limited means in resources, technology and mobility he manages to travel the world to describe to us his wonderful adventures with the most vibrant fauna... all his adve
Apr 05, 2012 annik rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Выбирали по обложке, потому что на обложке изображен енот, упершийся носиком в дерево ^^
Я знала, что Даррелл был натуралистом, написал несколько книг о животных, но никогда бы не подумала, что он настолько зацепит меня своим Пьяным лесом… Читаешь — и погружаешься колоссально в далекую Аргентину полувековой давности.

— Пьяные деревья... Это действительно подходящее название. И место как раз для них, весь лес здесь кажется пьяным.
В самом деле, вся местность выглядела так, словно природа решила у
Deborah Pickstone
Not all GD's books are as funny as the Corfu Trilogy but they are always amiable and present loads of interesting information about the various wildlife and part of the world he was consumed by at the time.
David Kenrick
Jan 14, 2016 David Kenrick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gerald Durrell's The Drunken Forest is a charming little book which provides more of the same amusing anecdotes about animal collecting that can be found in his other works. In it, Durrell and his wife travel first to Argentina and then to Paraguay to acquire specimens for British collections. Coming straight from another of his books "Three Singles to Adventure" I was at first a bit disappointed with The Drunken Forest. While it was still well-written I actually found it rather dull at first. U ...more
Nicola Mansfield
Sep 27, 2009 Nicola Mansfield rated it liked it
Reason for Reading: I've read several of the author's books as a teenager and loved them. Except for a few, though, I can't remember, by title, which ones I've read until I start reading them. This one I had not read before and is my first foray back into Gerald Durrell since that time. I also used to watch a show he had on TV at the time and really enjoyed the man's love for his animals and his sense of humour.

Comments: The Durrells, Gerald and his wife Jacquie, travel to South America, namely
Janith Pathirage
Dec 25, 2014 Janith Pathirage rated it liked it
A very cute book about little animals but I got bit bored reading this one. Of course this book is nonfictional, so one can't expect Hal and Roger stuff here. So there's no problem with that. These guys are obviously amateurs in handling animals, but they do genuinely care for them. But its really bad they had to kill one animal even thought it was a dangerous one. A good naturalist will never decapitate an animal no matter how hard situation gets.
William Leight
Jul 14, 2015 William Leight rated it really liked it
"The Drunken Forest" features a few more stories than usual involving Durrell being stabbed, bit, clawed, or otherwise damaged by the animals he is trying to collect (stay away from tiger bitterns), although he escapes his (hilarious) encounter with an anaconda unscathed. Otherwise, it's pretty much just more of the same: luckily, with a writer as consistently funny as Durrell, that's exactly what you want.
Jan 27, 2016 Fishface rated it it was amazing
Shelves: animals, memoir
Wonderful story about one of Gerald Durrell's zoo-collecting trips. Every page is funny, fascinating and informative. Like all of his books it is good for all ages without being too sweet for an adult to read and enjoy.
Joyce Lee
Jun 16, 2014 Joyce Lee rated it it was amazing
I have to have my own copy of this book. Reading about Eggbert in a cafe made me giggle and snort so mich I was afraid to look away from the table incase people were staring. Heheheheee!
Namitha Varma
May 26, 2015 Namitha Varma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A delighting read - the way Durrell gets into the skin of the animals and almost humanises them is very charming. Except for the cruel rattlesnake encounter and the just-for-fun rhea capturing, I laughed out loud at the descriptions of almost every episode. While I do not sympathise with Durrell's aim of safeguarding animals by capturing them and rearing them in zoos, the book was an amazing experience, and if he has succeeded in his mission of protecting endangered species through his venture, ...more
May 26, 2014 Laura rated it it was amazing
I just love Gerald Durrell's books. Like most of his books this is another fun light read if you enjoy learning about strange animals and strange people these are great books.
Mar 16, 2010 Lindsay rated it liked it
Shelves: autobiography, z2010
I normally really enjoy Gerald Durrell's books but this one annoyed me for a few reasons (which I do think were actually related to the time it was written). His later books seemed to be more about learning about animals and conservation, where as this was a big adventure of putting animals in cages, kind of making up their diets (and as a vet, I know how important husbandry is for these animals!) and then after they'd all got a bit tame and been in what sounded like fairly small cages, letting ...more
Aug 20, 2012 Ercsi91 rated it really liked it
I don't know but every time I read one of Mr. Durrell's works it fills me up with energy^^

This book was fun to read again~~
The cause of it-
First it was about animals, people presented in a funny but interesting way, further on I just loved those few Spanish words which he implemented in his work-cause before this I read a similar "Spanish novel" and will read after this too X3
And a nother plus was the atmosphere in which I read his book ...on the bus,,on the way home from a long long tour- aww
"The Drunken Forest" does not pretend to be more than it really is-- a collection of humorous animal stories that happened while naturalist Gerald Durrell (writer Lawrence Durrell's younger brother) was collecting specimens from Argentina and Paraguay to take back to England. Durrell does recount some (rather big) political issues that happened while he was collecting, but he keeps the work focused on the animals and how he got them and how he cared for them. "The Drunken Forest" is not a "deep" ...more
Saqib Khan
Apr 24, 2014 Saqib Khan rated it it was amazing
May 02, 2008 Seán rated it liked it
Shelves: 2008
Snobby Brit and less famous brother of novelist Lawrence Durrell offers amusing stories about collecting unusual animals for English zoos during a trip to the Pampas and Paraguay. I realize dude is a naturalist but he seems strangely incurious to the people around him, save for the occasional story about how silly brown people are.

And yet! The illustrations are so cute!
Nov 07, 2011 Anne rated it really liked it
This is the first of Gerald's book that I have read..It was an amazing read..i loved the way he described the south america forests..the animals..each one with its own intricacies..the book was a complete treat to read..I googled about each animal i read about to understand how it looked like!..i especially loved the oven bird described by Gerald.
Jun 16, 2014 Tomek rated it liked it
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Oct 16, 2011 Barbara rated it liked it
Shelves: memoir, animals
I enjoy reading Gerald Durrell, even though dated, his memoirs of animal collecting in far-flung places of the world amuse and delight.
Mike Ward
Jun 29, 2013 Mike Ward rated it liked it
Shelves: blogged
amiable read - full review here
Jul 13, 2013 Stephanie rated it really liked it
Not one of his best, but his animal descriptions and adventures remain priceless.
Nov 13, 2013 Maggie rated it really liked it
Tremendous fun. Though you wonder if something was wrong with his brain....
David Smith
Jul 25, 2011 David Smith rated it it was amazing
When writing about Somalia all day - this is a good antidote.
Jul 08, 2009 Rosel added it
One of the first Gerald Durrell books i read.
Oct 31, 2012 Cynthia rated it liked it
Interesting, funny, entertaining.
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