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Gerald Durrell (1925–1995)

Auteur de Ma famille et autres animaux

104+ oeuvres 19,233 utilisateurs 389 critiques 105 Favoris
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A propos de l'auteur

Gerald Durrell was born on January 7, 1925 in Jamshedpur, India to British parents. After the death of his father in 1928, the family lived in England and Europe before settling in Corfu, where he spent much of his childhood. Educated by private tutors, he became interested in natural history and afficher plus amassed a private collection of dozens of creatures from scorpions to owls. He went on numerous wildlife expeditions and founded the Jersey Zoological Park and the Jersey Wildlife Preservation Trust with the purpose of breeding endangered species. His first book, The Overloaded Ark, was published in 1953. He wrote 37 books during his lifetime including My Family and Other Animals, The Bafut Beagles, A Zoo in My Luggage, Rosy Is My Relative, and The Mockery Bird. He received the Order of the British Empire in 1982 and was featured in the United Nations' Roll of Honor for Environmental Achievement in 1988. He died from complications related to a liver transplant on January 30, 1995 at the age of 70. (Bowker Author Biography) afficher moins

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Œuvres de Gerald Durrell

Ma famille et autres animaux (1953) 5,220 exemplaires
A Zoo in My Luggage (1960) 909 exemplaires
The Whispering Land (1961) 653 exemplaires
Le naturaliste en campagne (1983) 623 exemplaires
La forêt ivre (1956) 621 exemplaires
Fillets of Plaice (1971) 612 exemplaires
Menagerie Manor (1964) 580 exemplaires
The Corfu Trilogy (2006) 551 exemplaires
Two in the Bush (1966) 501 exemplaires
Rosy l'éléphante (1968) 487 exemplaires
Encounters with Animals (1958) 479 exemplaires
Catch Me a Colobus (1972) 457 exemplaires
Beasts in My Belfry (1973) 457 exemplaires
The Overloaded Ark (1953) 453 exemplaires
Three Singles to Adventure (1954) 444 exemplaires
The Picnic and Suchlike Pandemonium (1979) 322 exemplaires
The Stationary Ark (1976) 300 exemplaires
Le aye-aye et moi (1992) 271 exemplaires
The New Noah (1955) 220 exemplaires
The Mockery Bird (1981) 175 exemplaires
Ne tirez pas sur le naturaliste! (1984) 161 exemplaires
Beasts in My Bed (1967) — Footnotes — 156 exemplaires
The Ark's Anniversary (1990) 144 exemplaires
The Fantastic Flying Journey (1987) 140 exemplaires
Durrell in Russia (1986) 87 exemplaires
My Favourite Animal Stories (1962) 67 exemplaires
The Fantastic Dinosaur Adventure (1989) — Auteur — 46 exemplaires
Ark on the Move (1983) 39 exemplaires
Puppy's Field Day (1993) 35 exemplaires
Puppy Goes to Pets Day (1993) 32 exemplaires
Keeper (1822) 31 exemplaires
Best of Gerald Durrell (1996) 31 exemplaires
Wild Time (1993) 30 exemplaires
Toby the Tortoise (1991) 30 exemplaires
Puppy's Beach Adventure (1993) 30 exemplaires
Island zoo (1989) 22 exemplaires
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Portfolio Two (1993) — Avant-propos — 14 exemplaires
Selected Works (1981) 13 exemplaires
My Family and Other Animals (Adapted) (2019) — Original author — 12 exemplaires
A Collection of Action Stories (1988) — Contributeur — 7 exemplaires
Classic Animal Stories (1989) 5 exemplaires
Letayuschiy dom (2018) 3 exemplaires
June Book 1963 (1962) 2 exemplaires
Plekstes filejas (2000) 1 exemplaire
Putni, zvēri un radinieki (2001) 1 exemplaire
Šķirsta jubileja (2003) 1 exemplaire
Zvēru sabiedrībā (2002) 1 exemplaire
Ņirgu putns (2004) 1 exemplaire
Malysh i more (2019) 1 exemplaire
Durrell Gerald 1 exemplaire
Search for a Zoo 1 exemplaire
Complete Novels 1 exemplaire
Look at Zoos (1969) 1 exemplaire
Una educación de élite (1998) 1 exemplaire
Un ‰albero pieno d'orsi (1997) 1 exemplaire
Ostrov v nebezpečí 1 exemplaire
Ogród bogów 1 exemplaire
The Adventure Library 1 exemplaire
Puteshestvie k dinozavram (2018) 1 exemplaire

Oeuvres associées

Macmillan Illustrated Animal Encyclopedia (1984) — Avant-propos — 233 exemplaires
Watchers at the Pond (1961) — Introduction, quelques éditions149 exemplaires
Best Dog Stories (1990) — Introduction — 112 exemplaires
Whatever Happened to Margo? (1995) — Preface, quelques éditions112 exemplaires
On the Track of Unknown Animals (1958) — Introduction, quelques éditions110 exemplaires
Foundations of Fear (1992) — Contributeur — 97 exemplaires
Richard Adams's Favorite Animal Stories (1979) — Contributeur — 71 exemplaires
The Enchanted Canopy (1986) — Avant-propos — 47 exemplaires
The Durrells in Corfu Series 1 (2016) — Original book — 35 exemplaires
Twelve Gothic Tales (Oxford Twelves) (1998) — Contributeur — 29 exemplaires
Famous and Curious Animal Stories (1982) — Contributeur — 29 exemplaires
The Best of Both Worlds: An Anthology of Stories for All Ages (1968) — Contributeur — 25 exemplaires
Zoo: The Modern Ark (1990) — Avant-propos — 25 exemplaires
Animal stories : Tame & wild (1979) — Contributeur — 23 exemplaires
My Family and Other Animals [2005 film] — Based on the book by — 14 exemplaires
Favorite Animal Stories (1987) — Contributeur — 11 exemplaires
Encyclopedia of Natural History (1978) — Avant-propos — 9 exemplaires
My Family And Other Animals [1987 TV mini series] (1987) — Original book — 8 exemplaires
Travels with a Wildlife Artist: The Living Landscape of Greece (1986) — Avant-propos — 8 exemplaires
Chimps with Everything: The Story of Twycross Zoo (1979) — Préface — 7 exemplaires
A brush with animals (1963) — Introduction — 6 exemplaires
The Fireside Treasury of Modern Humor (1963) — Contributeur — 5 exemplaires
Three Great Animal Stories (1966) 2 exemplaires

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Nom légal
Durrell, Gerald Malcolm
Date de naissance
1925-01-07
Date de décès
1995-01-30
Lieu de sépulture
Jersey Zoo
Sexe
male
Nationalité
UK
Pays (pour la carte)
England, UK
Lieu de naissance
Jamshedpur, India
Lieu du décès
St Helier, Jersey, Bailiwick of Jersey
Cause du décès
sepsis
Lieux de résidence
Jamshedpur, Bihar, India
Études
Wickwood School
Professions
naturalist
author
conservationist
zookeeper
Relations
Durrell, Lawrence (brother)
Durrell, Margaret (sister)
Durrell, Jacquie (wife)
Durrell, Lee (2nd wife)
Organisations
Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust
Jersey Zoo, now renamed Durrell Wildlife
Prix et distinctions
Order of the British Empire (Officer)
Courte biographie
Gerald Durrell was born in India in 1925. His family settled on Corfu when Durrell was a boy and he spent his time studying its wildlife. He relates these experiences in the trilogy beginning with My Family and Other Animals, and continuing with Birds, Beasts and Relatives and The Garden of the Gods. In his books he writes with wry humour and great perception about both the humans and the animals he meets.

On leaving Corfu he returned to England to work on the staff of Whipsnade Park as a student keeper. His adventures there are told with characteristic energy in Beasts in My Belfry. A few years later, Durrell began organising his own animal-collecting expeditions. The first, to the Cameroons, was followed by expeditions to Paraguay, Argentina and Sierra Leone. He recounts these experiences in a number of books, including The Drunken Forest. Durrell also visited many countries while shooting various television series, including An Amateur Naturalist.

In 1958 Gerald Durrell realised a lifelong dream when he set up the Jersey Zoological Park, followed a few years later by the Jersey Wildlife Preservation Trust.

Rosy is My Relative, his first novel, was published in 1968. Whether in a factual account of an expedition or a work of non-fiction, Gerald Durrell's style is exuberant, passionate and acutely observed. Gerald Durrell died in 1995.

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The Aye-Aye and I is the tale of Gerald Durrell's visit to Madagascar, during which time he is able to secure several critically endangered aye-ayes and return them to his captive breeding facility on the island of Jersey. In my opinion, it is the best of his animal-collecting books, and it is the last of that series that Durrell penned. The book seemed to be imbued with more passion for preserving wildlife than any of his other non-fiction works, and ended with tales of his sojourns in Mauritius, and the successes he and his team had had on that island, retrieving endangered birds, and returning them in greater numbers to the wild. It was wholly a diverting book, and I enjoyed it greatly.… (plus d'informations)
 
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ahef1963 | 11 autres critiques | Feb 26, 2024 |
Mikor éppen nem állatgyűjtő expedíciókat vezetett a világ legkülönfélébb vidékeire, vagy nem a maláriától feküdt lázas betegen, netán újabb könyvét írta, Gerald Durrell állattani előadásaival kápráztatta el a rádió hallgatóságát. Olyannyira lenyűgözve őket, hogy kikövetelték tőle a sorozat írott változatát is - ez lett a Vadak a vadonban, melyben a megszokott szórakoztató módon számol be nyugat-afrikai találkozásáról a petymegekkel, dél-amerikai kalandjáról egy kajmánnal, a világ legpompásabb nászruhájával rendelkező paradicsommadarakról, a tigrisek, a vízilovak vagy az ájtatos manók udvarlási szokásairól. Ahogy büszkén emlékezik meg arról is, hogyan segített tegzeslárvák építkezésein, s miként dédelgetett egy lidérces kinézetű ostorlábút, aki a Wilhelmina névre hallgatott. De feltárja a pöfögőfutrinkák védekezési és támadási szokásait és lerántja a leplet az útonálló darázs rovarvilágbeli műtétjeiről is, amelyek gyakorlott sebészeket is eltűnődésre késztetnek. Mindezek mellett láthatjuk esetlen próbálkozásait, amint egy kengurubébit próbál felnevelni, vagy elszánt bátorságát, amikor kígyóverembe ereszkedik alá álmából felverve az afrikai éjszaka közepén. Az argentin pampák veterán gauchójával való nanduvadászata pedig egyenesen burleszkbe illő epizód.… (plus d'informations)
 
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Tompowsky | 3 autres critiques | Feb 26, 2024 |
Funny and at times sad tales of animals in the zoo that became the New Jersey Wildlife Trust.
 
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ritaer | 6 autres critiques | Feb 1, 2024 |
I read My Family and Other Animals as part of the January CalendarCAT. It has been on the Kindle for a long time as part of a compendium of all three books. But, I'm counting them one at a time.

I had seen the PBS series about the Durrells and Corfu and enjoyed it. Durrell's memoir is fun: full of the curiosity and free spirit of the young boy he was and, it seemed, probably still was in his old age. I don't quite understand the propensity to capture and cage wild animals but I suppose that is how naturalists learn. Another interesting tidbit came via Wikipedia: Durrell's brother was well-known novelist Lawrence Durrell who was married and brought his wife with him to Corfu. Gerald fails to mention Nancy. Meanwhile, in his own fictional version, Durrell only mentions brother Leslie, ignoring Gerald and his mother and sister. I could only think, "Recollections may vary."

It was fun and I will eventually read the other two.
… (plus d'informations)
 
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witchyrichy | 148 autres critiques | Jan 28, 2024 |

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Œuvres
104
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Membres
19,233
Popularité
#1,133
Évaluation
4.0
Critiques
389
ISBN
994
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Favoris
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