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The author of the book: Gerald Durrell
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"Gollys, Mrs Durrells," he said, his face red with wrath. "Why don'ts yous lets Masters Leslies shoot the son of a bitch?"
In life, Gerald Durrell would light up a room. His books elicit that same, warm feeling.
His affection for the natural world lives on in the minds of those of us, who for decades, have enjoyed his magical stories.
This is the second part of his Corfuan trilogy, continuing on from where My Family and Other Animals left off.
The bohemian Durrells have eschewed middle-class English suburbia for an unconventional life in idyllic Corfu. As in the first book, a procession of oddballs, fruit cakes and misfits turn up at their villa.
Best supporting character award goes to leathery-faced Spiro, whose pidgin English sounds exactly like Stavros the kebab seller from a 1980s UK comedy sketch show.
"Honest to Gods, Mrs Durells, makes me scarce what that boy finds."
Fans of Durrell already know of his transcendent skill for observational detail.
For example, there's Mrs Haddock, the spiritualist, who is incapable of breathing while speaking, andwhosewordslatchtogether like a daisy chain.
And here he describes the beginning of his memorable meal at the Venetian-style villa of eccentric Countess Mavrodiki:
The first course that Demetrios-Mustapha set before us was a fine, clear soup, sequinned with tiny golden bubbles of fat, with fingernail-sized croutons floating like crisp little rafts on an amber sea.
How overlooked is Durrell as a writer? Seriously, how many writers today can compete with that?
This bacchanalian feast continued until his pants were fit to burst, and was washed down with red wine which was as dark as the heart of a dragon.
Other characters include Captain Creech, the salty sea dog whose incautious, uncivil bonhomie (even in the politest of company) revolves around tales of Montevidean strumpets and rampant gonorrhea!
This trilogy was a standard school read for British kids of my generation.
There is absolutely no reason why his books cannot be read by adults.
His writing is evidently better than most of the dross that is out there now.
If you haven't yet familiarised yourself with Gerald Durrell, and are wasting your time reading books that have men on the cover who, for some reason, have misplaced their shirts, then please find the time to do so.
Not only was he a truly gifted writer, he was also a wonderful, wonderful human being!
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Read information about the authorGerald "Gerry" Malcolm 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.
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