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My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell
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May 01, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: memoir
Read on April 01, 2005

I read Durrell's The Aye-Aye and I a couple of years ago and LOVED it and always meant to read more of his books, but this is the first time I've returned to him since then. I was under the mistaken impression that the "family" in this story would be Durrell and his wife and children, but it's actually a memoir about his childhood years on the Greek island of Corfu. Durrell's books focus on animals and travels, but he injects a lot of humor into his storytelling, too, and this book and its cast of human and animal characters is no exception. It was overall a very funny and fascinating story, but I have to admit that while The Aye-Aye and I practically read itself, I had to struggle to keep up momentum in My Family and Other Animals, although I can't really understand why. It's a good story, but dense and a little slow-moving. Worth a read, but maybe not the best introduction to Durrell if you've never read him before.
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G-phy Masterpiece Theater made this into a great little film. Super charming and I love charming. I also love Durrell, but not all. I just read the Barfut Beagles and loved it.

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