By Gerald Durrell
The Corfu Trilogy contains the preferred vintage My kin and different Animals and its pleasant sequels, Birds, Beasts and family members and The backyard of the Gods. All 3 books are set at the enchanted island of Corfu within the Nineteen Thirties, and inform the tale of the eccentic English relatives who moved there.
For Gerald, the budding zoologist, Corfu used to be a usual paradise, teeming with unusual birds and beasts that he may well gather, watch and take care of. yet existence used to be no longer with out its difficulties - his relatives usually objected to his animal-collecting actions, specially while the beasts wound up within the villa or - even worse - the fridge.
With hilarious but endearing pictures of his relations and their many strange hangers-on, The Corfu Trilogy additionally captures the beginnings of the author's lifelong love of animals. stated with vast humour and style, this excellent account of Corfu's normal historical past finds an extraordinary, magical childhood.
For the passionate zoologist, Corfu was once a common paradise, teeming with unusual birds and beasts that he may well acquire, watch and take care of. yet existence used to be no longer with out its difficulties - Gerald's kinfolk frequently objected to his animal-collecting actions, specifically while the beasts wound up within the family's villa or - even worse - the fridge.
Gerald Durrell inspires his island paradise with ardour and beauty.
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