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Eläimet ja muu kotiväkeni (original 1956; edition 1988)

by Gerald Durrell, Martta Eskelinen ((KÄÄnt.).)

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Title:Eläimet ja muu kotiväkeni
Authors:Gerald Durrell
Other authors:Martta Eskelinen ((KÄÄnt.).)
Info:Helsingissä [Hki] : Otava, 1988.
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Rating:****
Tags:kauno, ympäristö, elämänkerta

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My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell (1956)

20th century (36) animals (186) autobiography (199) biography (158) biology (14) British (25) British literature (14) childhood (29) comedy (23) Corfu (100) Durrell (12) English (13) English literature (18) family (59) fiction (77) Folio Society (28) Gerald Durrell (16) Greece (131) humor (184) literature (13) memoir (229) natural history (89) nature (100) non-fiction (175) own (14) read (36) to-read (32) travel (64) wildlife (21) zoology (22)
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I have a theory that people happiest in their careers are doing whatever obsessed them at age 11. This book provides supporting evidence. The Durrell family (mother, three sons and one daughter) moved to the Greek island of Corfu when the future naturalist was 10, and while My Family is something of a caricature, Other Animals are many and varied, patiently and meticulously observed, and affectionately and humorously portrayed.
  qebo | Jun 17, 2014 |
"My Family and Other Animals" first entranced me when I first read it back in the 1990s and it has been one of my favorite books ever since.

Based on author and environmentalist Gerald Durrell's childhood on the Greek island of Corfu in the 1930s, the book wonderfully evokes the times and a host of colourful supporting characters. At the same time, the reader feels a creeping sense of dread as s/he realises the fast approaching spectre of World War II that looms over Durrell, his family and friends, and Corfu itself. It's as if Durrell wants to keep his rose coloured glasses idyllic view of his childhood (it's interesting to note that while Durrell explains his family's return to England as essential for his schooling, biographies of Durrell state it was the looming invasion of Greece by Italy that caused the move).

Well worth a read. The sequal "Beasts in my Belfry" is not quite the same level but still worth reading. ( )
  MiaCulpa | Jun 2, 2014 |
This is one of my all time most favorite books. It has fascinating natural history and hysterical stories of an unusual family living on Corfu. It is great as an audiobook and in print. I constantly give it as a gift to friends. ( )
  njcur | Feb 13, 2014 |
Gerald Durrell tells the story of his family's move from England to Corfu when he was ten years old. Gerry, the youngest, is thoroughly immersed in natural history, so the island is a treasure trove for him. His family, as presented by him, are delightful: Larry, the oldest, a writer and a bit of a snob; Leslie, the hunting enthusiast; Margo, of the mixed metaphors; and best of all, his mother, who glides through all the adventures and takes them as they come. A totally delightful book. Everything else he has written is going straight to my wish list. ( )
  tloeffler | Jan 12, 2014 |
This book was one of my favourites when I was a child. Incredibly funny and filled with affection for all living creatures. ( )
  Beholderess | Dec 20, 2013 |
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"It is a melancholy of mine own, compounded of many simples, extracted from many objects, and indeed the sundry contemplation of my travels, which, by often rumination, wraps me in a most humorous sadness."--As You Like It
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To My Mother
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This is the story of a five-year sojourn that I and my family made on the Greek island of Corfu.
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From that moment I guarded the nest jealously. I erected a protecting wall of rocks round it, and as an additional precaution I wrote out a notice in red ink and stuck it on a pole nearby as a warning to the family. The notice read: "BEWAR - EARWIG NEST - QUIAT PLESE." It was only remarkable in that the two correctly spelt words were biological ones.
Gradually the magic of the island settled over us as gently and clingingly as pollen. Each day had a tranquility, a timelessness, about it, so that you wished it would never end. But then the dark skin of night would peel off and there would be a fresh day waiting for us, glossy and colorful as a child's transfer and with the same tinge of unreality.
'But how did the scorpions get on the table, dear?’
'That bloody boy. . . . Every matchbox in the house is a deathtrap. . . . '
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My family and other animals is by Gerald (Malcolm) Durrell
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As a self-described "champion of small uglies," English writer Gerald Durrell (1925-1995) devoted his life to writing and the preservation of wildlife, from the Mauritius pink pigeon to the Rodriques fruit bat. My Family and Other Animals was intended to embrace the natural history of the Greek island of Corfu, but ended up as a delightful account of his family's experiences that were, according to him, "rather like living in one of the more flamboyant and slapstick comic operas."

As a 10-year-old boy, Gerry left England for Corfu with "all those items that I thought necessary to relieve the tedium of a long journey: four books on natural history, a butterfly net, a dog, and a jam-jar full of caterpillars all in imminent danger of turning into chrysalids." Durrell's descriptions of his family and its many eccentric hangers-on (he stresses that "all the anecdotes about the island and the islanders are absolutely true") are highly entertaining, as is the procession of toads, scorpions, geckos, ladybugs, glowworms, octopuses, the puppies Widdle and Puke, and the Magenpies. This is a lovely book.

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A memoir of an English boy growing up on the Greek island of Corfu recounts the author's humorous adventures as he collects all kinds of animals and insects and brings them back to the house, much to his family's dismay.

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