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The New Noah

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  245 ratings  ·  16 reviews
If you want to know how to capture, and then make friends with an ant-eater, an electric eel, or a porcupine or a boa-constrictor, this is your book. When Gerald Durrell goes wild-animal hunting he takes interest and affection along with his nets and traps. And his captives enjoy luxury treatment as he discovers how to feed and train them and prepare them for display in ...more
Paperback, 152 pages
Published April 21st 2016 by Policy Press (first published 1955)
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Bionic Jean
Gerald Durrell's books are usually a treat to read; being both informative and full of wit and humour. This is no exception. So why the low star rating for The New Noah? Frankly, I felt cheated.

Had I not been reading his books in order I probably would have thoroughly enjoyed this account from 1955. The first part is called "Collecting in the Cameroons" and consists of eight chapters. The second, "Hunts and Captures in Guiana" comprises a further six. And the final part, part three, is just
Oct 01, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nature-nonfic
I was disappointed with this because I thought it was a Durrell I'd never before seen- but it's actually bits and bobs from other books which I've already read. So, yay, Durrell! Boo, warmed-over Durrell! Still, warmed-over Durrell trumps many another nature writer. And it's always worth revisiting the anteaters.
"Boa-Constrictors, paradoxical frogs, hoatzins, bush babies and tucotucos - they're all part of what Gerald Durrell casually calls his 'big family'. Each animal in his menagerie exhibits such curious habits and eccentricities. There was Cholmondely the chimpanzee, for example, who was 'king' of the collection, liked a good cigarette and his tea not too hot, but had a horror of snakes! Cuthbert the curassow loved to collapse across people's feet when they weren't looking.

Gerald Durrell describes
Elan Hoffman
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Delightful! Durrel is always a wonderful read.
Just wanted to explain why I gave this book one star. I am a massive Gerald Durrell fan and have read nearly all his books. If you've done the same, you don't need to read this because it's simply a retelling of stories from his other books. That's why I was disappointed and therefore didn't finish reading it.
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: animal lovers and Gerald Durrell fans
Re-reading The New Noah has made me want to go back and re-read all of Gerald Durrell's animal collecting books! Durrell's style of writing can make even the most seemingly mundane topic engaging; from the challenge of changing an animal's diet to the animal transportation arrangements. He writes about each animal's personality with great enthusiasm and humor. Ralph Thompson's illustrations complement the book perfectly. They capture not only naturalistic detail but the personalities of the ...more
Dec 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: winter-books
I love reading this book. I don't understand its relatively low rating (less than 4 * at the moment). Perhaps it is due to the colourful Czech translation that the stories are very vivid. Bohumil Fencl (the translator) did a good job. Particularly chapters 5 and 6 dealing with monkeys and Cholmondely are brilliant. Illustrations by Ralph Thompson are a pleasant "whipped cream on a cake".
Написав первые свои книги, Даррелл стал обрастать обрезками историй, в меру интересными и наравне с прочими рассказами достойными внимания, но оказавшимися в стороне. Так и быть им забытыми, не напиши Джеральд ещё одну книгу малого формата, поместив туда новые подробности путешествий в Африку и Южную Америку, дополнительно слово в слово пересказывая ряд приключений, и без того хорошо читателю известных. Задача Дарреллом к моменту издания «Нового Ноя» приняла окончательный вид — ему хотелось ...more
The New Noah is a book about a man called Gerald Durrel(Author) who is a collector of animals for zoos. This book as well as many others is about his adventures in capturing them. I decided to read this book because my dad had read one of his other books to me when i was young and i really enjoyed it so when i found out that i owned this one i decided it would be a great book for my book written before i was born square. I really enjoyed this book because i love animals and this book is filled ...more
Namitha Varma
This was not as entertaining as the previous books of Durrell I read, but a 'not bad' nevertheless. Durrell has introduced me to more animals than my 21 years of schooling has. However, I do feel strongly against the capturing of the animals for zoos - it goes against the grain of my brand of environmental conservationism.
I bought this book used for a dollar so my husband could read it on our honeymoon. Unfortunately, the first two chapters are slow, so it was ten days into the honeymoon before he would give the book a shot. Once the third chapter starts, though, you are in familiar, charming territory. As always, the illustrations add so much to the stories.
M Harris
Dec 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: natural-history
I read most of this book on an airplane. It makes for good travel reading — enjoyable, informative, entertaining while being easy to read, flowing well, and not being so detailed as to make reading cumbersome.
Jan 29, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: autobiography
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May 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant as ever. Really interesting on how he captures his animals, cares for them and transports them to the Zoo's
Stephanie Mayo
Dec 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: animal-wildlife
Another delightful read from Durrell! His love and interest in animals is magnetic and his storytelling is light hearted and full of animal antics.
Very funny, as ever. Durrel is a very good storyteller, the way he describes the antics of the animals is brilliant!
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Gerald "Gerry" Malcolm Durrell was born in India in 1925. His elder siblings are Lawrence Durrell, Leslie Durrell, and Margaret Durrell. 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 ...more
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