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Two in the Bush

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  1,009 ratings  ·  39 reviews
Two in the Bush follows intrepid conservationist, wildlife lover and award-winning novelist Gerald Durrell as he embarks on an extended animal collecting trip in Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand. A powerful conservation piece, Durrell and his first wife Jacquie track down a whole host of endangered species, providing an insight into these rare creatures while stressing ...more
Paperback, 220 pages
Published 1968 by Fontana (first published 1966)
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Nandakishore Varma
Reading Gerald Durrel is a pleasure - always.

He has combined his passion for the animal kingdom with the naturalist's eye for detail; and with classic wry British humour added to the mix, it is a potent combination few book lovers can resist. This book, detailing his travels in New Zealand, Australia and Malaysia on a trip to film the conservation efforts of those countries is also in the same vein: readable and informative at the same time.

I had read this book long back in my teens - it slowly
"Two in the Bush is a record 0f a six-month journey which took Gerald Durrell, his wife Jacquie, and two camera men through New Zealand, Australia and Malaya. The object was, first, to see what was being done about the conservation of wild life in these countries, and, secondly, to make a series of television films for the BBC. They were introduced to many rare and remarkable animals -- Royal Albatrosses, Tuataras, Duck-Billed Platypuses, Flying Lizards and Long-Noised Bandicoots, as well as to ...more
Jan 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was first Durrell. This is about shooting of a documentary with the same title that led Durrell and his team across New Zealand, Australia and Malaysia, covering some 45000+ miles. There are of course, wondrous descriptions of placid platypuses, belligerent emus, mimetic lyrebirds, playful kakas, shy tahakes, singing siamangs, 3-eyed tuataras and dozens of other exotic creatures in their natural habitats. But the real fun lies in the description of the people and situations - a group of Sik ...more
Erik Walker
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very entertaining read from the 1950's about traveling the globe to film rare and endangered animals. Sobering to read about conservation efforts back then, and to realize the situation we are in now, and how Mr. Durrell would just be appalled (and, in places, proud). Some very funny bits, and clever writing.
Josephine Draper
Jan 02, 2019 rated it liked it
No doubt out of print now but fascinating to read the state of conservation in 1966, particularly in NZ, as Mr Durrell visits NZ (where his observations of people are more telling than those of hard to spot birds), Australia and "Malaya" as it was then.

In some ways conservation in NZ has changed so much - plagues of black swans don’t seem to be a problem any more - but the pest problem is the same, the kakapo and takahe are still clinging on for dear life and still attitudes to conservation are
Более Даррелл не отлавливает животных. Он переключился на создание фильмов о дикой природе. На очереди путешествие по Новой Зеландии, Австралии и Малайзии с целью ознакомления положения тамошних обитателей. Галопом по землям Океании получилась сия прогулка. От Даррелла ничего не зависело — ему нарисовали маршрут движения, вручили график посещения определённых мест и пустили осматривать окрестности в сопровождении чиновников. Вместо увлекательного чтения, наполненного юмором, из-под пера Джеральд ...more
Nov 16, 2016 rated it it was ok
I struggled with the approach of the 'naturalist', as he calls himself, Gerald Durrell. I understand that this was written in the 1960s but I was saddened by what I saw as a lack of respect for creatures in their natural habitat. There is a level of arrogance and superiority that is present in the writing and practises of handling wild creatures. The name of places isn't always correct Griffith in NSW is referred to as Griffiths, the Koala continues to be called a bear even after he clearly stat ...more
Anastasija Lysuk
Книга, вдохновляющая на собственные открытия, описывает неимоверный мир удивительных животных Новой Зеландии, Австралии и Малайзии. После прочтения даже воробьи и голуби заставляют посмотреть на себя совсем под другим углом. Если вам интересно собственными глазами увидеть стаи черных лебедей, узнать, кто такие какапо и такахе, затаив дыхание следить за рождением кенгуренка и узнать, как кожистые черепахи делают кладку и, самое главное, открыть в себе новый источник любви и счастья - эта книга дл ...more
Stephen Hamilton
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Told with Durrell’s customary good humour, this is an entertaining account of a wildlife filming expedition to New Zealand, Australia and Malaysia, but with a stronger than usual emphasis on conservation and its importance, a message that is, if anything, even more meaningful today. 🐨
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Light-hearted read with a serious message.
Holly Kenyon
Apr 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I am so pleased I finally read this book! I say finally as this book has sat quietly and unassumingly on our bookshelves for so many years. Certainly it had been there since way before my birth and I suspect has been in the house since its first publication. A cursory flick through by chance revealed to me it was set in part in New Zealand. So off the shelf it came!
What a find this book is.
It doesn't say much for New Zealand hotel standards and food in 1966, but it does say an awful lot about
Feb 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gerald Durrell pertenece a esa estirpe de aventureros modernos, cuya única misión y legado ha sido el acercar su fascinación por la naturaleza y la fauna de nuestro planeta a la humanidad. Muy pocos son los que han sacrificado asi hasta el punto dedicar su vida a la divulgación y la conservación del medio ambiente, como Felix Rodriguez de la Fuente, por desgracia fallecido en acción, Jacques Cocteau, o David Attenborough. Cada uno de ellos han marcado mi vida y la de muchos otros, nos han acerca ...more
Feb 02, 2012 rated it liked it
This is not the edition I have; mine is a 1981 reprint with a cartoon koala being roped down from a tree on the cover. Can;t find an ISBN though no doubt it has one.

I'm a long-time fan of Gerald Durrell's books with early favourites being My Family and Other Animals, Birds, Beasts and Relatives, Menagerie Manor and Encounters with Animals. I've read most of the others, but less frequently, so they've made less impression on me. Nevertheless, I remember certain scenes, such as the arrowheads Dur
Oct 28, 2008 rated it really liked it
I have a soft spot for Gerald Durrell's books. As a kid, he was by far my favorite author. I even shyly once I wrote a letter to him at the Jersey Wildlife Preservation Trust, pledging to do all I could to help his conservation efforts.

I saved all of the books I owned then, but haven't touched many of them for years. Recently, when I went on my honeymoon to New Zealand, I thought rereading Two In The Bush might give me some insights into places to go and things to see.

It did succeed in that - be
Jul 22, 2016 rated it liked it
Originally written in the 60's, this book is definitely showing its age, although that's not necessarily a bad thing. I found it interesting to see how things have changed over the decades - I've never worked in wildlife documentaries, but I am a photographer, so reading about times when they had to give up because conditions were too poor to shoot (usually too dark in the forest etc), highlighted how much technology has advanced. Likewise it seemed to be commonplace to go and grab unsuspecting ...more
Irene Lazlo
Otro encantador librito de Gerald Durrell. En este caso Gerry y su mujer junto a los cámaras Chris y Jim, viajan a Australia, Nueva Zelanda y Malasia para rodar un documental sobre la conservación de las especies autóctonas. Como siempre, las descripciones son muy vívidas y Durrell da mucha importancia a transmitir la personalidad de los animales. El sentido del humor sutil pero mordaz le da más salsa al libro.
I like Gerald Durrell's style of writing. He gives you a sense of being there. It made me wonder how those animals have fared since this book was written - not well, I imagine. I felt sorry for the flying lizard made to fly all day just for a couple of seconds of film. The poor thing! It must've been exhausted and hungry. I would hope, in this day and age, that less stressful means would be used in order to film them.
Huw Collingbourne
Jan 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Durrell's entertaining prose can't entirely hide the fact that nothing much really happened on his trip to New Zealand, Australia and Malaya where he filmed some TV natural history documentaries. Many of his animal-collecting adventures in Africa and South America (forming the subject of other books) are packed with incident (varying from chaos to catastrophe). Durrell's writing is, as always, a joy to read but the story of this adventure is pretty thin.
Nov 05, 2015 rated it liked it
I love Durrell's writing. I love his humor and he had a wonderful way with words. This wasn't as hysterical as "My Family and Other Animals" (still my favorite) and there was a weird part at the end where he was pimping out his foundation, but otherwise another good, solid read. I now have to go through and image search all the animals he saw.
Dec 22, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If you're interested in reading about a man's fascination about wildlife, then this is for you. It definitely isn't for me. While I find Durrell's enthusiasm for exotic creatures endearing at times, most of the time I think it's tedious, simply because I can't imagine sharing the same excitement. LOL! This book just isn't my cup of tea.
Aug 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I will read this book again and again. It is so beautifully written and the descriptions are amazing. I loved it, and the case it makes for conservation is moving and inspiring. It is a lovely book that everyone should read at least once.
Marie Bouteille
Jun 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fascinating account of Durrell's close encounters with the wildlife of New Zealand, Australia and Malaisia. He's obviously passionate about it and it's a pleasure to see it through his eyes mixed with concern about the future of all these animals.
Lee Belbin
Aug 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
A great writer and read
May 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed and recommend butnot my favourite Gerald Durell. Read it on bus home brilliant to pass the journey
Gita Madhu
Durrell is as good as ever even re-read years later. He still tickles my funny bone and I continue to enjoy his caricatures of people and animals.
Bionic Jean
Travels in search of exotic animals in New Zealand, Malaya and Australia.
Namitha Varma
May 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another amazing read. Humourous and thought-provoking. Durrell has made me look at even lizards with a respectful eye, and *that* is saying something!
Jun 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Here's an author who used proceeds from publishing to run his own zoo. And he made twitching in place seem like a thrilling adventure story.
Dec 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Amazing. Anyone that can liken the appearance of an endangered New Zealand bird to a stable full of multicoloured unicorns is doing something right with his writing.
Aug 03, 2011 rated it it was ok
makes u want to meet gerry, so do all his books
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Gerald "Gerry" Malcolm Durrell was born in India in 1925. 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 his books he writes with wry humour and great perception about both the humans ...more
“In linea di massima sapevo che cosa aspettarmi, eppure rimasi affascinato perchè fu uno degli spettacoli più miracolosi e incredibili che avessi mai visto in tutti i miei anni di osservazioni naturalistiche. In realtà, il piccolo era in tutto e per tutto un embrione, nato in effetti dopo soli trentatrè giorni di gestazione. Era cieco e le zampe posteriori ordinatamente incrociate una sull'altra erano senza forza, eppure era stato messo nel vasto mondo. Come se questo non fosse già un grosso ostacolo, adesso quel coso doveva arrampicarsi su per il peloso petto di Pamela fino a trovare l'ingresso del marsupio. Un'impresa perfettamente paragonabile a quella di un cieco con le gambe rotte che dovesse arrampicarsi attraverso dense foreste fino alla cima del monte Everest, anche perchè il piccolo non riceveva il minimo aiuto da parte della madre.” 0 likes
“I shall always attribute my uncertain start in New Zealand to the fact that I was introduced too early to what is knows as the 'five o'clock swill'. The phrase has, when you consider it, a wonderful pastoral - one might almost say idyllic - ring to it. It conjures up a picture of fat but hungry porcines, all freshly scrubbed, eagerly and gratefully partaking of their warm mash from the horny but kindly hands of the jovial farmer, a twinkling eyed son of the soil.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
The five o'clock swill is the direct result of New Zealand's imbecilic licensing laws. In order to prevent people getting drunk the pubs close at six, just after the workers leave work. This means they have to leave their place of employment, rush frantically to the nearest pub, and make a desperate attempt to drink as much beer as they can in the shortest possible time. As a means of cutting down drunkenness, this is quite one of the most illogical deterrents I have come across.”
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