Birds, Beasts, and Relatives

Birds, Beasts, and Relatives

eBook - 1978
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The follow-up to My Family and Other Animals and the inspiration for The Durrells in Corfu: A naturalist’s memoir of his family’s time on a Greek island.

In the years before World War II, Gerald Durrell’s family left the gloomy shores of England for the sun-drenched island of Corfu. Against this picturesque backdrop, Durrell fondly recalls his family’s disorderly household and outrageous antics, including their interactions with locals of both human and animal varieties.
 
After a boyhood spent studying zoology and acquiring the island’s exotic insects, reptiles, birds, mammals, and sea creatures as pets, Durrell’s budding naturalism would later bloom into a passion for conservation that would last a lifetime.
 
Filled with clever observations, amusing anecdotes, and childlike wonder, Birds, Beasts and Relatives is half nature guide, half coming-of-age tale, and all charmingly funny memoir.
 
This ebook features an illustrated biography of Gerald Durrell including rare photos from the author’s estate.
 


Publisher: New York :, Penguin Books,, 1978
Copyright Date: ©1969
ISBN: 9781504041669
Characteristics: text file,rda
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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tjdickey
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...

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m0k1m3
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.

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jennybeast
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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