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Rosy Is My Relative by Gerald Durrell
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Rosy Is My Relative (1968)

by Gerald Durrell

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The story is about Adrian whose life is thrown into turmoil when his uncle dies and leaves him an elephant to care for. Not knowing what else to do with the enormous (but gentle) beast, he decides to travel with the elephant to the seashore where he hopes a circus will take her off his hands. Rosy the elephant is very good-natured but has a weakness for alcohol, and also having been a performer, thinks that many exciting circumstances she ends up in are an opportunity to do her tricks. They cause various kinds of innocent havoc with a foxhunt in the countryside, a high-society birthday ball and a theater performance. In the end, several outraged people who want justice for injuries and damage come pursuing Adrian. But Adrian has also gathered some friends along the way, and Rosy's friendly personality has won her even more. There are several chapters about the court appearance and trials - it was the most amusing court scene I have ever read! I was laughing out loud for pages and pages. A wonderful, fun story. I do believe it is based on a real man and his elephant, but not sure how much else was true.

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  jeane | Nov 10, 2013 |
The first novel from the Durrell brother who usually wrote about animals and natural history. It is a comic romp and a good laugh. Read April 2009 ( )
  mbmackay | Aug 30, 2009 |
If you enjoy James Herriot, Farley Mowat or P.G. Wodehouse, you're bound to love this book. Adrian Rookwhistle is asked to look after and care for "Rosy" by an aging uncle. Adrian is a bit concerned, especially when learning that she is a bit fond of alcohol. When Rosy arrives, Adrian is taken aback by the fact that she is, in fact, an elephant. He decides to take her to the coast to join her up with a circus. While traveling, they have many (mis)adventures and Adrian comes to find that Rosy offers a change in his fairly staid life. Hilarious! ( )
  paclreference | Feb 20, 2008 |
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For NOEL COWARD who has a passion for pachyderms
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Unaware that doom was overtaking him, Adrian Rookwhistle, in his shirt sleeves, was occupied in making faces at himself in his looking-glass.
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One of Gerald Durrell's few novels. Adrian Rookwhistle inherits a circus elephant that has a penchant for alcohol. Hilarity ensues as Adrian and Rosy travel through England.

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