My Family and Other Animals

5 Jan

July had been blown out like a candle by a biting wind that ushered in a leaden sky 

The first line of my favourite book, and todays daily prompt. This book, written by Gerald Durrell, who was born in India but lived in Corfu with his family as a child, was one I read as a schoolgirl while studying GCSE English. 

ImageI loved it so much, that I went and bought my own copy, which I still have today. 

Durrell paints a wonderfully sunny, tourist free image of Corfu in in the 1930’s, it sounded like a totally wonderful place to live. For a while I was so inspired I wanted to visit Corfu, but decided that Gerald Durrell’s Corfu was probably very different to the Corfu of today. 

As a child he is fascinated by nature, and this story is a wonderful account of family life in Corfu from the eyes of a child, while also educating and introducing the reader to a fascinating array of animals, birds and insects. I was entertained, inspired and educated by Durrell’s account of his childhood, and would read it over and over again, which I cannot say for many books. 

This is a wonderful autobiographical account of Durrell’s childhood, with a large dose of fascinating nature, animal and insect education from someone who, as a child, preferred the company of animals to people at times! 

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One Response to “My Family and Other Animals”

  1. Viva Violet January 6, 2013 at 15:49 #

    I read this book as a child and absolutely loved it! Oh, and I felt I could relate it to my own family at times, too 😛

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