Birds, Beasts, and Relatives

Birds, Beasts, and Relatives

Book - 1969
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Publisher: New York, Viking Press [1969]
Characteristics: 248 p. 23 cm


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Oct 04, 2019

Fantastic book! Really enjoyed reading this , I feel like I enjoy Gerald Durrell work over his brother Lawrence's books. Both have wonderful way with words and painting pictures in your mind. Can't wait to read more.

Dec 28, 2017

The preface speaks of Gerald at a family reunion, and all of the Durrells are complaining about the bad reputation they have based on the popularity of "My Family and Other Animals." Each member of the family can think of other stories from their time on Corfu which might be even worse reflections, and they forbid Gerald from writing any more.
Of course, we get this delightful sequel as a result...

May 11, 2017

I read the first book "My Family and Other Animals" to my youngest in 1989 and it's has held a sweet place in my memory since. Was delighted to find this, equally charming and irresistible sequel. It delights as much as the first. Wonderful.

Aug 21, 2012

Durrell revisits his childhood on Corfu – since clearly he forgot some of the best stories, according to his family. Full of beautiful and silly reminiscences of a different time, a different place.


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Jun 10, 2019

In this third memoir in the "Corfu Trilogy", Gerald Durrell (1925-1995) recounts more tales of his youthful misadventure, exploration, and amusement on an enchanted Mediterranean island just prior to the outbreak of the Second World War. A young naturalist with a sharp eye, extraordinary patience, and keen enthusiasm, Durrell accumulates and nurtures a large menagerie of animals. His two older brothers, sister, mother, and assorted locals have their lives 'animated' by young Gerry's enthusiastic animal collecting. Looking back after 30 years on his boyhood, Durrell writes engaging anecdotes, skillful caricatures, word pictures, and infectious humour.


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Jun 10, 2019

" Summer gaped upon the island [of Corfu] like the mouth of a great oven. Even in the shade of the olive groves it was not cool and the incessant, penetrating cries of the cicadas seemed to swell and become more insistent with each hot, blue noon. ... The sea lay as breathless and still as a bale of silk ... You had to row the boat out into deep water ... and dive over the side to get cool. It was like diving into the sky. Now was the time for butterflies and moths. ... you would get the great languid swallow-tails, flapping elegantly and erratically from bush to bush; fritillaries, glowing almost as hot and angry an orange as a live coal ... cabbage whites; clouded yellows; and the lemon-yellow-and-orange brimstones bumbled to and fro on untidy wings. Among the grasses the skippers, like little brown furry aeroplanes, would skim and purr, and on glittering slabs of gypsum the red admirals, as flamboyant as a cluster of Woolworth jewellery ...". (p. 211)


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