The Garden of the Gods

The Garden of the Gods

eBook - 2016
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Part of the trilogy of memoirs that inspired the television show The Durrells in Corfu : A naturalist's adventures with animals--and humans--on a Greek island. When his family moved to a Greek island, young naturalist Gerald Durrell was able to indulge his passion for wildlife of all sorts as he discovered the new world around him--and the creatures and people who inhabited it. Indeed, Durrell's years growing up on Corfu would inspire the rest of his life. In addition to his tales of wild animals, Durrell recounts stories about his even wilder family--including his widowed mother, Louisa, and elder siblings Lawrence, Leslie, and Margo--with undeniable wit and humor. The final chapter in Durrell's reflections on his family's time in Greece before the start of World War II, The Garden of the Gods is a fascinating look at the childhood of a naturalist who was ahead of his time. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Gerald Durrell including rare photos from the author's estate.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Open Road Media, [2016]
ISBN: 9781504041683
Branch Call Number: 921 Durre
Description: 1 online resource (200 pages)
Additional Contributors: Freading (Firm)


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May 29, 2019

This book is hilarious! It is also poignant in its graphic description of a boy enthralled by nature on the island of Corfu (before aviation brought mass tourism and retirement development to eliminate natural habitats and the peasant society). Readers should turn to Wikipedia to find out the meaning of passing references to Marie Stopes and Hester Stanhope. Gerald Durrell (1925-1995) became an animal collector for zoos, the founder of a captive breeding sanctuary for endangered species, and a wildly popular author and TV personality in the 1960s - 1980s.


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May 29, 2019

At the age of ten Gerald Durrell's family settled on the Greek island of Corfu in the Adriatic Sea arm of the Mediterranean. For the young 'Gerry' Corfu was a treasure house of exotic creatures which he could watch, collect, and breed. It was not always tranquil. His older brother Lawrence ('Larry') was unreasonably vexed when he found the icebox filled with decomposing sparrows; his gun-enthusiast middle brother Leslie scared off the woman from the society for the protection of donkeys; and his sister Margo had her scheme to eliminate an over-ardent admirer by Gerry's familiarity with local peasant hospitality. Visually graphic, sharply observant, and wildly funny (!), Durrell evokes the rapture of a boy discovering the natural world. This is the second book of the acclaimed "Corfu Trilogy": My Family and Other Animals; and Birds, Beasts and Relatives.


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