My Family and Other Animals - WikipediaCreated by the original team behind SparkNotes, LitCharts are the world's best literature guides. Should've Sent Him Away. Gerald Durrell's brother, Lawrence Durrell, a well-known author in his own right, has been quoted as saying that his brother's books are proof that children should be sent away to boarding school and not allowed to sit in on adult conversations and goings-on. Naming Honors. Gerald Durrell and his second wife, Lee, have had a number of recently discovered animal species named in their honor.
My Family and Other Animals
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 island. Durrell had already written several successful books about his trips collecting animals in the wild for zoos when he published My Family and Other Animals in Its comic exaggeration of the foibles of his family — especially his eldest brother Lawrence Durrell , who became a celebrated novelist and poet— and his heartfelt appreciation of the natural world made it very successful. He also became known as a novel-writer and television personality. His books helped stimulate 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.
These beautiful books make perfect gifts or a treat for any book lover. My Family and Other Animals is Gerald Durrell's hilarious account of five years in his childhood spent living with his family on the island of Corfu. With snakes, scorpions, toads, owls and geckos competing for space with one bookworm brother and another who's gun-mad, as well as an obsessive sister, young Gerald has an awful lot of natural history to observe. This richly detailed, informative and riotously funny memoir of eccentric family life is a twentieth-century classic. See more book details 14 July I do assure you, the world needs Durrell. Sir David Attenborough The enduring joy of the book resides in reading about a bohemian family when you have never been part of one yourself.
The novel succeeds in being a creative mixture of natural history study and autobiographical account of the Durrell family as they live on Corfu for five years. The first in a trilogy of books on the island, My Family and Other Animals is a creative introduction to Gerald Durrell, child animal collector, and his eccentric family. The novel is a humorous study on human and animal behavior by a best-selling author and zoologist. August has brought dreary, raining weather with it. Each family member suffers a physical ailment due, in Larry's opinion, to the dank climate.