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Fauna and Family by Gerald Durrell

Fauna and Family (1978)

by Gerald Durrell

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A rip-snortingly hilarious conclusion to a first-rate trilogy about a young naturalist enjoying an idyllic childhood on the island of Corfu in the early 20th century. The finale is a bit naughtier than the preceding two volumes in the saga about the Durrell family of Corfu, which is fitting as the narrator, Gerry, is now 12 years old. Full of endearing characters and unforgettable crazy scenarios, Gerald Durrell outdid himself with this one. ( )
  JMlibrarian | Feb 27, 2015 |
Durrell's third book of stories about his magical childhood on the Greek island of Corfu in the years leading up to the second world war is just as hilarious as the previous two. Interspersed with sketches on the native fauna are unbelievably funny anecdotes of the colourful people who populated his home and the island around it. Meet Prince Jeejeebuoy and Count Rossignol, and enjoy the continuing escapades of Gerry's siblings, Margo, Leslie, and Lawrence, as well as the scintillating insights of Gerry's friend and tutor, the fascinating polymath Theodore Stephanides. ( )
  Editormum | Aug 12, 2012 |
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Fauna and Family, also known as The Garden of the Gods, is the third in Durrell's Corfu trilogy that begins with his beloved classic, My Family and Other Animals and continues with Birds, Beasts and Relatives. In his foreword to Fauna and Family, Durrell confessed that in the first two books, "I had left out a number of incidents and characters that I would have liked to have described, and I have attempted to repair this omission in this book . . . I hope that it might give the same pleasure to its readers as apparently its predecessors have done, as for me it portrays a very important part of my life . . . which is a truly happy and sunlit childhood."
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