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Gerald Durrell (1925–1995)

Auteur de Ma famille et autres animaux

110+ oeuvres 19,572 utilisateurs 397 critiques 105 Favoris

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


Œuvres de Gerald Durrell

Ma famille et autres animaux (1953) 5,320 exemplaires, 152 critiques
A Zoo in My Luggage (1960) 917 exemplaires, 15 critiques
Trilogie de Corfou, III : Le jardin des dieux (1978) 704 exemplaires, 20 critiques
The Whispering Land (1961) 655 exemplaires, 11 critiques
Le naturaliste en campagne (1983) 638 exemplaires, 1 critique
La forêt ivre (1956) 631 exemplaires, 5 critiques
Fillets of Plaice (1971) 621 exemplaires, 5 critiques
Menagerie Manor (1964) 582 exemplaires, 7 critiques
The Corfu Trilogy (2006) 565 exemplaires, 6 critiques
Two in the Bush (1966) 510 exemplaires, 4 critiques
Encounters with Animals (1958) 490 exemplaires, 4 critiques
Rosy l'éléphante (1968) 489 exemplaires, 5 critiques
Beasts in My Belfry (1973) 465 exemplaires, 10 critiques
Catch Me a Colobus (1972) 463 exemplaires, 5 critiques
The Overloaded Ark (1953) 457 exemplaires, 10 critiques
Three Singles to Adventure (1954) 452 exemplaires, 8 critiques
The Picnic and Suchlike Pandemonium (1979) 331 exemplaires, 8 critiques
The Stationary Ark (1976) 303 exemplaires, 5 critiques
Le aye-aye et moi (1992) 278 exemplaires, 12 critiques
Marrying Off Mother and Other Stories (1991) 273 exemplaires, 12 critiques
The New Noah (1955) 223 exemplaires, 2 critiques
The Battle for Castle Cockatrice, or The Talking Parcel (1974) 198 exemplaires, 4 critiques
The Mockery Bird (1981) 178 exemplaires, 4 critiques
Ne tirez pas sur le naturaliste! (1984) 165 exemplaires, 3 critiques
Beasts in My Bed (1967) — Footnotes — 157 exemplaires, 1 critique
The Fantastic Flying Journey (1987) 149 exemplaires, 1 critique
The Ark's Anniversary (1990) 149 exemplaires, 4 critiques
Les Voleurs d'ânes (Bibliothèque verte) (1968) 136 exemplaires, 3 critiques
Durrell in Russia (1986) 88 exemplaires, 2 critiques
My Favourite Animal Stories (1962) 67 exemplaires, 1 critique
The Fantastic Dinosaur Adventure (1989) — Auteur — 51 exemplaires
Ark on the Move (1983) 40 exemplaires, 2 critiques
Puppy's Field Day (1993) 35 exemplaires
Puppy Goes to Pets Day (1993) 33 exemplaires
Best of Gerald Durrell (1996) 32 exemplaires, 1 critique
Keeper (1822) 30 exemplaires
Wild Time (1993) 30 exemplaires
Toby the Tortoise (1991) 30 exemplaires, 1 critique
Puppy's Beach Adventure (1993) 30 exemplaires
Island zoo (1989) 23 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
Guida del naturalista 1 exemplaire
Plekstes filejas (2000) 1 exemplaire
Rosy 1 exemplaire
Complete Novels 1 exemplaire
Malysh i more (2019) 1 exemplaire
Puteshestvie k dinozavram (2018) 1 exemplaire
Ņirgu putns (2004) 1 exemplaire
A Bevy of Beasts (1973) 1 exemplaire
Zvēru sabiedrībā (2002) 1 exemplaire
Una educación de élite (1998) 1 exemplaire
Look at Zoos (1969) 1 exemplaire
Search for a Zoo 1 exemplaire
Šķirsta jubileja (2003) 1 exemplaire
Un ‰albero pieno d'orsi (1997) 1 exemplaire
Ostrov v nebezpečí 1 exemplaire, 1 critique
The Adventure Library 1 exemplaire
The Drunken Forest (2002) 1 exemplaire
Durrell Gerald 1 exemplaire
Putni, zvēri un radinieki (2001) 1 exemplaire

Oeuvres associées

Macmillan Illustrated Animal Encyclopedia (1984) — Avant-propos — 239 exemplaires, 1 critique
Watchers at the Pond (1961) — Introduction, quelques éditions152 exemplaires, 3 critiques
Best Dog Stories (1990) — Introduction — 118 exemplaires, 2 critiques
Whatever Happened to Margo? (1995) — Preface, quelques éditions117 exemplaires, 3 critiques
On the Track of Unknown Animals (1958) — Introduction, quelques éditions111 exemplaires, 1 critique
Foundations of Fear (1992) — Contributeur — 99 exemplaires, 2 critiques
Richard Adams's Favorite Animal Stories (1979) — Contributeur — 75 exemplaires, 2 critiques
The Enchanted Canopy (1986) — Avant-propos — 48 exemplaires, 1 critique
The Durrells in Corfu Series 1 (2016) — Original book — 34 exemplaires
Twelve Gothic Tales (Oxford Twelves) (1998) — Contributeur — 30 exemplaires, 3 critiques
Famous and Curious Animal Stories (1982) — Contributeur — 29 exemplaires, 1 critique
Zoo: The Modern Ark (1990) — Avant-propos — 26 exemplaires
The Best of Both Worlds: An Anthology of Stories for All Ages (1968) — Contributeur — 25 exemplaires, 1 critique
Animal stories : Tame & wild (1979) — Contributeur — 23 exemplaires
My Family and Other Animals [2005 film] — Based on the book by — 13 exemplaires
Favorite Animal Stories (1987) — Contributeur — 13 exemplaires
Encyclopedia of Natural History (1978) — Avant-propos — 9 exemplaires
Travels with a Wildlife Artist: The Living Landscape of Greece (1986) — Avant-propos — 8 exemplaires, 1 critique
My Family And Other Animals [1987 TV mini series] (1987) — Original book — 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


Partage des connaissances

Nom légal
Durrell, Gerald Malcolm
Date de naissance
Date de décès
Lieu de sépulture
Jersey Zoo
Pays (pour la carte)
England, UK
Lieu de naissance
Jamshedpur, India
Lieu du décès
St Helier, Jersey, Bailiwick of Jersey
Cause du décès
Lieux de résidence
Jamshedpur, Bihar, India
Wickwood School
Durrell, Lawrence (brother)
Durrell, Margaret (sister)
Durrell, Jacquie (wife)
Durrell, Lee (2nd wife)
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.




Charming memories of the idyllic years that Gerald Durrell spent as a boy in Corfu with his family. Not being an animal enthusiast, I found some of the description of the fauna and flora a bit boring, but when describing the antics of his family, the Greek natives and the chaos that Gerry's animals cause it can be quite amusing. I'm sure the author has taken some licenses with the facts to make them more funny, but that's OK. That time clearly was a lost Golden Age for the author, full of freedom.… (plus d'informations)
jcm790 | 151 autres critiques | May 26, 2024 |
Some about family, some about travel and one horror tale.
ritaer | 7 autres critiques | May 22, 2024 |
This is one of my all-time favorite books and the third time I've read it over a period of years.
dvoratreis | 151 autres critiques | May 22, 2024 |
This is the last in the Corfu Trilogy (My Family and Other Animals; Birds, Beasts and Relatives; and The Garden of the Gods) by Gerald Durrell, younger brother of Lawrence. All three books are wonderful. They are honest, human, humane, funny, beautifully written, and just plain lovely. They tell of the years before the 2nd World War when the family lived on Corfu and Gerald was a child, albeit a child totally immersed in the natural life (birds, beasts, etc.) of the island. But you don't have to know the first thing about birds or beasts to thoroughly enjoy this book. It has, in its language and its subject matter, the feel of a time gone by.

And by the way, the synopsis seems to read in Spanish. I don't know why!
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dvoratreis | 19 autres critiques | May 22, 2024 |


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