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This article will be permanently flagged as inappropriate and made unaccessible to everyone. Are you certain this article is inappropriate? Email Address:. My Family and Other Animals is an autobiographical work by naturalist Gerald Durrell , telling of the part of his childhood he spent on the Greek island of Corfu between and It describes the life of the Durrell family on the island in a humorous manner, and also richly discusses the fauna of the island.
Durrell had already written several successful books about his trips collecting animals in the wild for zoos when My Family and Other Animals came out in Its comic exaggeration of the foibles of his family — especially his eldest brother Lawrence Durrell , who later became a famous novelist — and heartfelt appreciation of the natural world made it very successful. It launched Durrell's career as owner of the Jersey Zoological Park now Durrell Wildlife Park in the Channel Islands , as well as novel-writer and television personality; and was also influential in the development of tourism in Corfu.
The book is an autobiographical account of five years in the childhood of naturalist Gerald Durrell, age 10 at the start of the saga, of his family, pets and life during a sojourn on the island of Corfu. The book is divided into three sections, marking the three villas where the family lived on the island.
Gerald is the youngest in a family consisting of their widowed mother , the eldest son Larry , the gun-mad Leslie, and diet -obsessed sister Margo together with Roger the dog. They are fiercely protected by their taxi-driver friend Spiro Spiros "Americano" Halikiopoulos and mentored by the polymath Dr. Theodore Stephanides who provides Gerald with his education in natural history.
Other human characters, chiefly eccentric, include Gerald's private tutors , the artistic and literary visitors Larry invites to stay, and the local people who befriend the family. The book was written in in Bournemouth , where Durrell was recuperating from a severe attack of jaundice. Whereas Durrell often claimed to find writing a chore, this book was different: his first wife Jacquie recalled "Never have I known Gerry work as he did then; it seemed to pour out of him".
Although My Family is presented as autobiographical, if not completely objective, the events described are not always true — in particular Larry lived in another part of Corfu with his first wife Nancy Durrell, whom Gerald does not mention at all.
The chronology of events as they occur in the book is also inaccurate, and the reason for the Durrells' departure from Corfu World War II is not given; instead, it is implied that the family returned to England for the sake of Gerald's education.
However, the book does succeed in preserving the impressions of ten- to fifteen-year-old Gerald extremely vividly and with a great deal of light-hearted humour.
Despite the omissions and inaccuracies, Lawrence Durrell commented "This is a very wicked, very funny, and I'm afraid rather truthful book — the best argument I know for keeping thirteen-year-olds at boarding-schools and not letting them hang about the house listening in to conversations of their elders and betters".
The book was first published by Rupert Hart-Davis Ltd in and in paperback by Penguin Books in and has remained in print ever since.
Durrell and Omid Djalili as Spiro. This adaptation was written by Simon Nye. In , the Jersey Arts Centre's Theatre in Education company produced the first stage version, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the book's publication in My Dashboard Get Published.
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Gerald Durrell is the author of this brilliant book. This is a wonderful memoir by an author with great skill in capturing the moment. The language is exquisite and extremely descriptive of actions and people and life forms the author recounts. This book is a must for any reader. Gerald Durrell went from an intense interest in nature to a career in nature, ultimately writing books to support his animal collecting trips, his Jersey Zoo, and his animal foundations. His books, while focused largely on his life, are invariably self-deprecating and filled with delightful descriptions.
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Register a free business account. The first book Gerald Durrell's Corfu Trilogy: a bewitching account of a rare and magical childhood on the island of. My Family and Other Animals was intended to embrace the natural history of the island but.
Username or Email Address. Remember Me. Fleeing the gloomy British climate, the Durrell clan move to Corfu carrying the bare essentials of life- acne cures for Margo; revolvers for Leslie; books for Larry and a jam jar full of caterpillars for Gerry. Recounted with warmth and humour, it is a heart-warming portrait of an eccentric family surrounded by a wonderful cast of friends and fauna. Apart from naturalist Gerald Durrell the youngest and Larry Lawrence Durrell, the novelist , the family of Gerald comprised their widowed mother, the gun-mad Leslie, and diet-obsessed sister Margo together with Roger the dog.
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The bewitching account of a rare and magical childhood in Corfu by British conservationist Gerald Durrell. Escaping the ills of the British climate, the Durrell family - acne-ridden Margo, gun-toting Leslie, bookworm Lawrence and budding naturalist Gerry, along with their long-suffering mother and Roger the dog - take off for the island of Corfu. But the Durrells find that, reluctantly, they must share their various villas with a menagerie of local fauna - among them scorpions, geckos, toads, bats and butterflies.
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