Summary[ edit ] 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.
Outside of his regular lessons, Gerry spends most of his time learning as much as he possibly can about all the species of wildlife that roam the island and soon obtains an immense number of pets including three dogs, two magpies, a gull, a pigeon, snakes and a gecko.
And oddly enough, I am proud of being a Durrell, albeit nameless. This frog was named in honour of Gerald Durrell and his wife Lee Durrell "for their contributions to the conservation of global biodiversity".
This same year, his dear mother Louisa died after a short illness, aged It gave him a special mission. When he was wrongly accused of a misdemeanour and beaten by the headmaster, his mother decided enough was enough and took him out of school altogether — he would never attend another.
The Trust survived a few early financial crisis thanks to the generosity of its Jersey supporters, and found its place on the world map as a centre for animal conservation, as well as a great place to spend a day out!
The mating season could be mayhem at the Jersey Zoo! I suspect that there are some most ineresting sub plots barely hinted at in this excellent biog that involve the flirting, womanising but essentially charming side of this great man. When having difficulty communicating with taxi drivers, the family meets one of the most amusing and significant characters in the story, Spiro.
Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Add to My Bookshelf. InLeslie and Doris returned to England from Africa, penniless, and ended up working as caretakers for a block of flats near Marble Arch. Rich material for a biography. The book is divided into three sections, marking the three villas where the family lived on the island.
Note that Botting does not spare the truth about Gerald's temper, or his failings it appears that the Durrells shared 'an alcohol gene' but nor does he leave out the charm and ability to enthuse others to follow in his footsteps that were also so much part of the man. One of the most active opposition members was George Cansdalesuperintendent of the London Zoo and Zoological Society of Londonand wielder of considerable influence in the zoo community.
The Trust opened an international wing, the Wildlife Preservation Trust Internationalin the United States into aid international conservation efforts in a better fashion.
If only politicians and big business could see the importance of what they attempt. He was also a regular book reviewer for the New York Times. The Trust began to gain a reputation for the best enclosures, animal health, natural behaviour and breeding.
He himself was a very engaging writer, a beautiful wrier in fact, and a man with an admirable mission in life — indeed, a huge vision — which he did his best to realise, and a very good best it was.
Foundations for the Jersey Zoo[ edit ] The publication of My Family and Other Animals in made Durrell a notable author and brought him public recognition as a naturalist.
Eve later had a breakdown and Sappho killed herself in In Durrell started the training centre for conservationists at the zoo, or the "mini-university" in his words. Durrell reportedly recalled his first visit to a zoo in India and attributed his lifelong love of animals to that encounter.
The Durrell family left Corfu as World War Two began, and inDurrell served the war effort by working on a farm. On his return from BafutDurrell and wife Jacquie stayed with his sister Margaret at her boarding house in the seaside resort of Bournemouth.
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.
But Botting looks at Durrell's life through a kind, and almost affectionate lens, and he writes in such a way that Durrell's flaws don't detract from his accomplishm When I was a boy, Gerald Durrell was one of my heroes.
A Zoo in my Luggage Later life and death[ edit ] A hard, outdoor life led Durrell to health problems in the s.The Durrell family at the Daffodil Yellow Villa in Corfu - so many times I re- read Gerald Durrell's beautiful account of his childhood on Corfu in 'My Family and other Animals'.
England was a painful experience for the young Larry. Artwork inspired by My Family and Other Animals An exhibition of artwork inspired by Gerald Durrell's most popular book will go on display at the Jersey Arts Centre.
The exhibitions are part of the celebration of the anniversary of My Family and Other Animals. My Family and Other Animals () is an autobiographical work by British naturalist Gerald Durrell.
It tells of the years that he lived as a child with his siblings and widowed mother on the Greek island of Corfu between and It describes the life of the Durrell family in a humorous manner, and explores the fauna of the bistroriviere.com: Gerald Durrell.
MY FAMILY AND OTHER ANIMALS Gerald Durrell Gerald Durrell was born in Jamshedpur, India, in In his family returned to England and in they went to live on the Continent. My Family and Other Animals is the greatest expression of biophilia in literature.
The world is now full of people who believe what Gerry believed." Gerald Durrell at his Wildlife. My Family and Other Animals is the bewitching account of a rare and magical childhood on the island of Corfu by treasured British conservationist Gerald Durrell, beautifully repackaged in hardcover for the book's 60th anniversary.Download