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Ma famille et autres animaux

par Gerald Durrell

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Séries: Corfu Trilogy (1)

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Biography & Autobiography. Nature. Travel. Nonfiction. HTML:The inspiration for The Durrells in Corfu, a Masterpiece production on public television: A naturalist's account of his childhood on the exotic Greek island.

When the Durrells could no longer endure the gray English climate, they did what any sensible family would do: sold their house and relocated to the sun-soaked island of Corfu.

As they settled into their new home, hilarious mishaps ensued as a ten-year-old Gerald Durrell pursued his interest in natural history and explored the island's fauna. Soon, toads and tortoises, bats and butterflies??as well as scorpions, geckos, ladybugs, praying mantises, octopuses, pigeons, and gulls??became a common sight in the Durrell villa.

Uproarious tales of the island's animals and Durrell's fond reflections on his family bring this delightful memoir to life. Capturing the joyous chaos of growing up in an unconventional household, My Family and Other Animals will transport you to a place you won't want to leave.

This ebook features an illustrated biography of Gerald Durrell including rare photos from the author's estate.<
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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. ( )
  witchyrichy | Jan 28, 2024 |
A great childhood. A good read. ( )
  SteveMcI | Jan 5, 2024 |
Descriptive power, adventurousness, enthusiasm, and humour are Durrell’s great strengths, and they give this book the charm and interest that has made it so well loved for decades. The many descriptions of the creatures and plants of Corfu here include ascribing emotions or qualities to them. As such, they are often fanciful but at the same time knowledgeable, and so they “animate” the account. Once set, this sense and tone of animation feels appropriate, and so when the young Durrell’s tutor leads us to his imaginative mother and the “talking flowers” she describes (chapter 24), this fits pleasingly in. As in Don Quixote, or Schweijk, a bunch of stories or anecdotes from third parties are thrown in and doubtless embellished. Some land well, others less so. The author presumably can’t resist, whether from doubt that he may ever find another outlet for these exploits or from sheer raconteurial gusto. Among many memorable scenes, the portrait of the picnic, siesta, cooking fire, and moonlit return from the excursion to the Lake of Liliies would make anyone yearn for such an idyllic and wholesome setting. ( )
1 voter eglinton | Dec 31, 2023 |
The humor here is incredibly dated and repetitive. ( )
  nog | Nov 20, 2023 |
I really wanted to like this book more than I did. I love nature and I love humorous writing, but the combination of the two just didn't work for me in this case. Much of the humour derives from people doing dumb or inconsiderate things, and then suffering the consequences very shortly afterwards. I just couldn't help but sympathise with the person who was wronged rather than seeing the funny side of a meal spoiled by the presence of scorpions or a poorly constructed boat.

The characters were not engaging, seen as they are through the naturally self-centred eyes of a child. And the colonialist elements really grated right throughout the book. I know that Corfu wasn't a part of the British Empire at the time, but just the general attitude of moving the whole family there, renting a villa and then admiring the picturesque "peasants" in the fields was too much for me. There's also a colonial aspect the ceaseless conquest of nature that the narrator carries out. Just when I found myself warming to him as he observed the natural world with the wonder of a child, he'd change tack and grab a wild animal and stick it in a cage or a tank. This rarely ended well for the animals, although the reader only finds out about their "amusing" endings, not the many which must have perished in more mundane ways.

Yes, I know that desire to capture and own animals is very normal in children. I also know that this book is not meant to be read earnestly, but somehow I just couldn't warm to it. ( )
  robfwalter | Jul 31, 2023 |
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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. . . . '
Mother, looking like a tiny, harassed missionary in an uprising, was dragged unwillingly to the nearest lamp-post by an exuberant Roger, and was forced to stand there, staring into space, while he relieved the pent-up feelings that had accumulated in his kennel.
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Biography & Autobiography. Nature. Travel. Nonfiction. HTML:The inspiration for The Durrells in Corfu, a Masterpiece production on public television: A naturalist's account of his childhood on the exotic Greek island.

When the Durrells could no longer endure the gray English climate, they did what any sensible family would do: sold their house and relocated to the sun-soaked island of Corfu.

As they settled into their new home, hilarious mishaps ensued as a ten-year-old Gerald Durrell pursued his interest in natural history and explored the island's fauna. Soon, toads and tortoises, bats and butterflies??as well as scorpions, geckos, ladybugs, praying mantises, octopuses, pigeons, and gulls??became a common sight in the Durrell villa.

Uproarious tales of the island's animals and Durrell's fond reflections on his family bring this delightful memoir to life. Capturing the joyous chaos of growing up in an unconventional household, My Family and Other Animals will transport you to a place you won't want to leave.

This ebook features an illustrated biography of Gerald Durrell including rare photos from the author's estate.

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De courts chapitres dissèquent avec humour et légèreté la vie aristocratique sans pesanteur d'une famille anglaise, qui séjourne sur l'île de Corfou.
Le frère de l'auteur, Lawrence est l'écrivain bien connu. GD ne le ménage pas, dans son tableau familial. Paresseux, prétentieux, jouant un rôle : un vilain aristo. C'est la mère de ces deux enfants qui mérite particulièrement l'attention du lecteur. Esclave digne et consentante de sa progéniture, elle flotte sur leurs caprices et tient son rang. Une espèce en voie de disparition et fort mal protégée !
Quand à GD, son intérêt pour la zoologie va être à l'origine des aventures cocasses que cette famille vivra à Corfou. Attention aux serpents dans la baignoire, à l'albatros écorcheur, aux mantes avides, aux scorpions en forte expansion, etc. Le pire est au programme, mais avec légèreté, humour et distance de bon ton.
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