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My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell
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May 08, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: memoir, books-i-own, nonfiction, read-in-2011
Read from January 04 to May 08, 2011

I simply adored this book. Maybe that is why it took me five months to read it, because I was savoring every morsel. I, first, saw the Masterpiece Theatre film of the book and fell in love. The book did not disappoint. Set in the 30s in Corfu, Greece, Gerry Durrell is 10 years old and a budding naturalist if ever there was one. Though, the book's description of Corfu's flora and fauna receive a rich and elaborate description, it's the interactions of the family that I adore. Larry, the eldest brother and a writer is one of my faves. Leslie is Gerry's gun-obsessed, snake hating brother, and Margo like many teenage girls worries about her acne and boys. But nothing beats their wonderful mother. To finish this book on mother's day is only fitting. I highly recommend this one! Now, I'm determined to watch the movie again.

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