My Family and Other Animals is such a happy book, if you are ever feeling a bit down, this book will cheer you up. Such a joyful, funny, quirky, happy book! Gerald Durrell’s passion for the natural world is infectious, and he writes so vividly – you see his pets, the wonderfully eccentric members of his family, taxi-driver Spiro with his hilarious English, and the blue seas and beautiful island of Corfu.
Come with me on a fabulous reading journey through 2020. Together we will explore a thought-provoking selection of 19th and 20th Century classics. For each novel you will receive an illustrated monograph packed full of intriguing stories about the author behind the book, explaining its themes, tempting you with film versions to watch, and challenging you with discussion questions.
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Gerald Durrell wrote many books, but none has ever enjoyed the popularity of My Family and Other Animals. The first word he ever said was ‘zoo’, so it is not surprising that Gerald Durrell became founder of a famous zoo. He was a naturalist, raconteur, traveller, broadcaster, TV presenter, humourist, conservationist, saviour of endangered species, amateur artist, and a best-selling author.
“All over the world the wildlife that I write about is in grave danger. It is being exterminated by what we call the progress of civilization.” ― Gerald Durrell
Have you seen any of the film versions? Do you know what changes Gerald made from the real story of his family’s time on Corfu? Have you ever visited the Durrell zoo on the island of Jersey? In this Reader’s Guide, you will learn more about this remarkable man (whose first word was evidently ‘zoo’) and his classic tale of an eccentric English family let loose on a Greek island.
I hope this monograph encourages you to read, or reread this fabulous story, and that you enjoy learning a bit more about the man behind the tale, the members of his family, the themes, style, and the various film versions.
Did reading this book make you want to visit Corfu? Let me know your thoughts by leaving a comment below. I always love to hear what you think.
One word of warning – once you have read this book, you will wary of matchboxes.