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Gerald & Lee Durrell in Russia
The Durrells are on the move again, this time to make a BBC television series about wildlife in 11 Russian nature reserves. Filming took place over a 10-month period, exposing the crew to every extreme of climate. Most trying, physically, was constant sunlight at the Bikada Reserve far above the Arctic Circle, where they went to see musk oxen. At Repetek, near the Afghanis ...more
Hardcover, 191 pages
Published January 1st 1986 by Simon & Schuster
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Десять месяцев пути в сто пятьдесят тысяч миль остались позади. Даррелл побывал в России, чему оказался невероятно рад. Перед ним не было традиционных русских, на любое предложение отвечающих отказом. Наоборот, найти общий язык со всеми народами планеты – вот задача населяющих Россию людей. Всюду Даррелл встречал гостеприимство, улыбки и желание сберегать богатства природы. Две беды заставили придти к разочарованию – излишнее количество министерств, отвечающих за содержание зоопарков, и отсутств ...more
A book of background details to a TV series of a tour of Russian wildlife reserves, many never filmed before or even visited by any Westerner. Durrell's writing is a treat. It's possible some readers don't like lush description or analogy, but that is not me. Some of my favorites: "He gave wild harsh cries like Maria Callas being stabbed with a penknife" (Siberian crane), "a debutante in Wellies" (whooper swan when on land), "huge ancient willows fat as dowager dutchesses", "volcano blood" (sulp ...more
An enjoyable read, and an interesting change from the previous Durrell books that I've read that all seem to be set in the warmer climes of Greece, Cameroon and Argentina. This is essentially a companion piece to a TV series that I've never seen and probably never will, unfortunately.
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