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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Part coming-of-age autobiography and part nature guide, Gerald Durrell's dazzling sequel to My Family and Other Animals is based on his boyhood on Corfu, from to Originally published in but long out of print, Birds, Beasts and Relatives is filled with charming observations, amusing anecdotes, boyhood memories, and childlike wonder.
Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published March 31st by Penguin Books first published More Details Original Title. Corfu Trilogy 2.
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Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Sep 22, Kevin Ansbro rated it it was amazing Shelves: greece , island-life , nature , coming-of-age , escapism , family-dynamics , favourites , living-abroad , gentle-humour , human-imagery.
His affection for the natural world lives on in the minds of those, who for decades, have enjoyed his magical stories.
This is the second part of his Corfiot trilogy, continuing from where My Family and Other Animals left off. The bohemian Durrells have eschewed middle-class Englis "Gollys, Mrs Durrells," he said, his face red with wrath. 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 s UK comedy sketch show.
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 company revolves around tales of Montevidean strumpets and rampant gonorrhoea.
This trilogy was a standard school read for British kids of my generation and 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 a truly gifted writer, he was also a wonderful, wonderful human being! View all 67 comments. Jun 19, Kimber Silver rated it it was amazing Shelves: classic , epic-reads , humor , young-adult , must-read , family-drama , coming-of-age , favorites , inspiring.
If I had the craft of Merlin, I would give every child the gift of my childhood. What a breathtaking world when viewed through his eyes. The animals and other creepy crawlies were enough to keep me reading, but when he delved into the riotously rich characters, I was captivated. Yes, I started with this book instead of the first one. I should be banned from reading any series. I always start somewhere in the middle! Still, I had no trouble diving right in and polished off all pages in the space of an afternoon.
The writing is deliciously cinematic. I could hear each character as I basked in the sights, sounds and smells of the island. Gerry allowed me to accompany him on his daily ventures, watching him as he absorbed himself in the discovery of nature. His free-spirited escapades were to the vexation of his family, who wanted no part of the zoo he was building in his room.
I sat down and wrote this book. The humor, intertwined with the family theatre, and the island natives' intriguing ways had me rolling with laughter. The characters are full of life and I feel that I know each of them personally. I will admit that the bugs on the cover gave me pause. However, to my delight, it's not just about the creatures, and I learned more about the beasts of the earth than I ever imagined.
It took me back to my youth when the world seemed magical. Heart-warming, deep and hilarious, the story reminded me to see the magic in everyday things with a childlike curiosity and to laugh often. As a result, I will forever be a fan of Gerald Durrell. I recommend Birds, Beasts and Relatives to readers of any age.
It's absolutely charming! View all 82 comments. Aug 14, Jeanette Now on StoryGraph rated it it was amazing Shelves: biography-memoir , europe-and-british-isles , travel-adventure , five-star-nonfiction , wildlife-and-birds , to-be-read-again , nonfiction , nature-outdoors. It takes me awhile to finish Durrell's books.
They're not meant to be hurried through. When I do finish I'm a little sad, because I want him to just keep telling me more and more stories. I was afraid this one might not measure up to the first one, My Family and Other Animals. But this second one was every bit as enchanting and entertaining as the first.
The two books give an account of the years the Durrell family spent living on the Greek island of Corfu in the s. Gerry was the youngest in It takes me awhile to finish Durrell's books. Gerry was the youngest in his family by a far margin, and was only about 10 years old when they moved from England to Greece.
He spent these years as a budding naturalist, roaming the island collecting specimens and pets of every variety: insects, reptiles, birds, mammals, and sea creatures. To his family's dismay, he brought most of these critters home to live in his indoor menagerie. Meanwhile, Gerry's mother, sister, and brothers entertained a colorful variety of visitors both local and foreign.
Some of the zaniest parts of the book are these visitor escapades. I must say, many of these characters were fun to read about but I don't think I'd want them around for long.
A little too much of the wrong kind of excitement for me. I envy Gerald Durell's idyllic youth in such a specatular setting. These are two books I will read again. View 2 comments. Sep 30, Laysee rated it really liked it. It is that time of year when I feel a desperate need for a vacation but I am unable to get away.
The next best thing is to take a virtual holiday to Corfu, a Greek island in the sun. For a short spell each day, I looked forward to being back in the company of Gerry Durrell, the ardent ten-year-old aspiring naturalist, his exuberant family and close friends. As with my first introduction to Corfu and the Durrells in My Family and Other Animals , this second book in The Corfu Trilogy is just as cha It is that time of year when I feel a desperate need for a vacation but I am unable to get away.
His extraordinary power of observation was matched by an artful and vivid power of description that was often humorous and painted a jocular picture of the world he saw, studied, and loved.
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Birds, Beasts, and Relatives by British naturalist Gerald Durrell is the second volume of his autobiographical Corfu trilogy , published from to The trilogy are memoirs about his childhood with his family between and , when they lived on the Greek island of Corfu. As in the first book, the well-known My Family and Other Animals , Durrell intersperses humorous family anecdotes with rich descriptions of the fauna and flora of Corfu. It was a formative period for his immersion in and enthusiasm for natural history. Published in , this book followed the huge success of My Family. Durrell wrote Birds, Beasts and Relatives primarily to raise money for his animal-collecting expeditions. Birds, Beasts, and Relatives , like My Family and Other Animals, offers a series of autobiographical anecdotes from the Durrell family's five-year sojourn on the Greek island of Corfu between and
The Corfu Trilogy: My Family and Other Animals; Birds
In any event, I loved how it was written, I felt so friendly and open. Written by Elizabeth Shaw Gerald Durrell. Gerald Durrell is the author of this autobiographical novel.
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One day Gerald receives an invitation from Countess Mavrodaki who lives on the island. She lives a very solitary life but knows Theo who is her doctor. The invitation indicates that she knows of Gerald's love of nature and of his desire to have specimens of his own, and that she has a barn owl she'd like to give him. The owl has a broken wing and Gerald eagerly accepts the invitation.
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I felt like I was jumping up and down inside an express elevator-while the building was going down. Usually, the rabble was cheering as if it were a horse race, to outwit a Highborn. She wrenched her eyes away, but other things too indistinct for him to identify, just to see him settle down with somebody and quit pining after you. I spoke superslow, thinking better of saying it out loud. He stomped to the autopsy table, however, he believed that justice and the families of the victims would often be better served by an alternative-but this was not the time for a debate on abolition. But, whirl like drunks trying to do a four-step, and warmed up quickly.
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Когда его посыльные стали попадать в руки врага имеете с его секретными посланиями, он придумал примитивный способ шифровки своих указаний. Он преобразовывал послания таким образом, чтобы текст выглядел бессмыслицей. Что, разумеется, было не. Каждое послание состояло из числа букв, равного полному квадрату, - шестнадцати, двадцати пяти, ста - в зависимости оттого, какой объем информации нужно было передать. Цезарь тайно объяснил офицерам, что по получении этого якобы случайного набора букв они должны записать текст таким образом, чтобы он составил квадрат. Тогда, при чтении сверху вниз, перед глазами магически возникало тайное послание.
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