My Family and Other Animals

My Family and Other Animals

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When the unconventional Durrell family can no longer endure the damp, gray English climate, they do what any sensible family would do: sell their house and relocate to the sunny Greek isle of Corfu. My Family and Other Animals was intended to embrace the natural history of the island but ended up as a delightful account of Durrell's family's experiences, from the many eccentric hangers-on to the ceaseless procession of puppies, toads, scorpions, geckoes, ladybugs, glowworms, octopuses, bats, and butterflies into their home.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2004
Copyright Date: ©1986
Branch Call Number: 508.4955 D PBK
Characteristics: xiii, 273 pages ; 20 cm
ISBN: 9780142004418
0142004413

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For a light hearted, sun-filled treat, this series by Durrell fits the bill. Gerald is an adventurous lad who loves animals; and his family is willing to put up with adopted pets of all sizes and shapes roaming their huge house on Corfu. If you like the books, the BBC Masterpiece Theater series i... Read More »


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LadyLinda1
Nov 19, 2019

...but this was Corfu, and in Corfu anything could happen. This quote from My Family and other animals sums up the hilarious and true stories from this family and the Greek island of Corfu.

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FPL_Supriya
Nov 11, 2019

I love this book for its sweet family its trials and tribulation while they move to the Greek island of Corfu.

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ChrisMcMil
Jun 02, 2019

A very humorous tale about an endearingly eccentric family and a young boy's insatiable love of nature and of life. Clearly set in a different time (perhaps best appreciated by those like myself who are just old enough to have experienced it?) and in a place at once exotic but familiar enough to be relatable. The prose is at times poetic and at times ribald, and it always moves along briskly. As a bonus you'll learn something of the flora and fauna of Corfu.

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AA789
Oct 30, 2018

Love this book!

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anndubois1
Oct 04, 2017

A delightful read about young Gerald's adventures in Corfu with his eccentric, life loving family. Well written with characters that leap from the pages and adventure after adventure which leave you laughing and wishing to be part of the family antics.

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DorisWaggoner
Aug 16, 2017

Durrell's family moves from a rainy, gloomy, expensive Bristol, England in the 1930s to Corfu, where the climate is sunny, an obese cab driver adopts them and gets the family everything they need, from whatever house they need at the time, to the right kinds of food, and people they'll enjoy. Gerald at 10 is by far the youngest, and every once in a while another member of the family remembers he needs to be educated. He thinks he's doing just fine with his books and adventures in the garden and wanderings around the island. Sometimes the tutors found for him are wonderful, sometimes they must be gotten rid of. The Durrells give wonderful parties, but they're not well organized--they may decide to invite 10, but forget to determine who can invite 10. Since they're a family of 5, some of their parties are extremely crowded. Gerald is writing this first of, apparently, 3 in a trilogy, many years later, so his viewpoint is a combination of childhood innocence and old man's wisdom. Much of it is totally hilarious.

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lafleurjaune
Apr 17, 2017

I agree that the books about Gerald Durrell's quirky yet idyllic childhood on the island of Corfu are much funnier and filled with warmth compared to the PBS TV series, which is darker. I've read all of his books based on his time in Corfu: 'My Family and Other Animals', 'Birds, Beasts and Relatives' and 'Fauna and Family'. He also wrote 'Menagerie Manor', about his adventures later in life, at the zoo he founded on the Island of Jersey. I love these books and admire his passion for animal conservation and also his wonderfully humorous writing style.

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patcarstensen
Apr 11, 2017

Roll-around-on-the-floor funny

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Rubicat
Sep 17, 2015

very entertaining - reminiscent of P. G. Wodehouse. I found it hard to like the eldest brother, but I'm sure that was the intent. All I could think of was how he deserved to be slapped, repeatedly, with notes on how to live in the real world. It was also hard not to laugh out loud about the many adventures. I cannot imagine my family dealing with that many pets in the house!

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wyenotgo
Aug 03, 2015

For anyone who, like me, admires the works of the amazingly talented Durrell family, particularly Gerald and his famous brother Lawrence, this book is not to be missed. Highly amusing, told from the viewpoint of Gerald at the age of ten, it relates the family's sojourn on Corfu. And of course besides the irrepressible Durrell clan with all their peculiarities, a great menagerie of birds, animals, reptiles etc. are bound to appear. Durrell has the biologist's view of life and the humorist's take on human foibles -- quite an irresistible combination!

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