Birds, Beasts and Relatives
The follow up to My Family and Other Animals and the second book in The Corfu Trilogy, the beloved books that inspired ITV's television series The Durrells.
In this second collection of tales concerning the Durrell family on the island of Corfu, young Gerry continues to be captivated by the fascinating flora and fauna of their adopted home - much to the bemusement and upset
In life, Gerald Durrell would light up a room and his books elicit that same warm feeling.
His affection for the natural world lives on in the minds of those, who for decades, have enjoyed his magical stories.
This is the second part of his Corfiot trilogy, continuing from where My Family and Other Animals left off.
The bohemian Durrells have eschewed middle-class Englis ...more
Corfu, Greece, as seen through the eyes of Gerry Durrell, had me digging around for my passport. What a breathtaking world when viewed through his eyes. The animals and other creepy crawlies were enough to keep me reading, but when he delved into the riotously rich characters, I was captivated.
"The island lies off the Albanian and Greek coast-lines like a lo ...more
I was afraid this one might not measure up to the first one, My Family and Other Animals. But this second one was every bit as enchanting and entertaining as the first. The two books give an account of the years the Durrell family spent living on the Greek island of Corfu in the 1930s.
Gerry was the youngest in ...more
‘The Angry Barrels’, the last chapter in this second book of the trilogy, exemplifies the carefree, bountiful, pre-war life the Durrell’s have stumbled upon. It is a beautiful portrait.
This is guilty pleasure reading for me and fulfills my ne ...more
‘I second that,’ said Larry. ‘If you publish we’ll sue you in a body.’
Faced with such a firm and united family, bristling in their resolve to prevent me at all costs, there was only one thing I could do. I sat down and wrote this book.
If you've ever read "My Family and other Animals" then you can also delight in more humour from Corfu in the second of the series.
Our reasons for packing up and leaving the gloomy sho ...more
But as with the first book, what is magical about this book are just the descriptions of life in Corfu - ...more
Durrell used the proceeds from his writing to found and nurture the Jersey Wildlife Preservation Trust, the first zoo in the world founded specifically for the breeding and conservation of endangered species. Should you ever be i ...more
This was my personal favourite of Gerald Durrell's works that I read as a child. It is as wittily dry as My Family and Other Animals and the prose is also as rich and lush.
Where Durrell excels, and what I remember him for, is in how he creates an entire book consisting of fragments of short stories. It really reads as an entire story chronicling his life, though many details are no doubt highly exaggerated. If you are a fan of humour, autobiographies, short stories and full novels then this is ...more
Some of my favorite comic scenes: the arrival of Max and Donald and the whole first encounter (brilliant). The story of Sally the donkey. Gerry's meal with Countess Mavrodaki. The London interlude and encounter with Mrs. Haddock.
I also really loved reading about th ...more
I was first introduced to him by my Seattle grandparents, Wayne and Lorene, who I remember sitting up in their big king-sized bed with me, all of us reading Gerald Durrell books and laughing and stoppi ...more
authors brother is Lawrence Durrell ...more
This is just what I look for in a mood-boosting book. It's light, but it also has deep truths. It's beautifully written, but not written in a way that leaves your brain scrambled.
I think I shall read on with book three ...more
I have loved 'My Family and Other Animals' now for so long I can hardly remember but oddly enough had never dipped into parts 2 and 3 of the trilogy so evocatively written by Gerald Durrell.
His sheer joy and love of life and his hugely eccentric family living in pre-war Corfu with seemingly no cares in the world comes through in waves of deliciously written prose. Its so gorgeous its a bit like treating yourself to a knickerbocker glory when you fancy an ic ...more
With Gerald Durrell, I think it's the opposite--I can remember My Family and Other Animals so well, and I'm sure I sold it short at the time. That book has a durable glow.
This one is also glowing: more funny stories about the Durrell family (their time on Corfu retold, with fewer logistics and more anecdotes), the ani ...more
Throw in a slightly different perspective on meeting the same characters and it amounts to one of the most disappointing reads of all time.
I didn’t finish this. I was that disappointed. It gets three stars for the writing but I feel cheated!
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"Ciao vecchio finocchio", lo salutò. E poi ricominciò a bere e ad ubriacarsi.”