Birds, Beasts, and Relatives

Birds, Beasts, and Relatives


By (author) Gerald Malcolm Durrell

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  • Publisher: Penguin Books
  • Format: Paperback | 248 pages
  • Dimensions: 126mm x 197mm x 19mm | 200g
  • Publication date: 29 June 2004
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0142004405
  • ISBN 13: 9780142004401
  • Sales rank: 52,090

Product description

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 1933 to 1939. Originally published in 1969 but long out of print, Birds, Beasts, and Relatives is filled with charming observations, amusing anecdotes, boyhood memories, and childlike wonder.

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Author information

Gerald Durrell was born in Jamshedpur, India, in 1925. A student of zoology, he founded the Jersey Wildlife Preservation Trust on the Channel Island of Jersey. His other books include A Zoo in My Luggage and The Whispering Land (both available from Penguin).

Review quote

A delightful book full of simple, well-known things: cicadas in the olive groves, lamp fishing at night, the complexities of fish and animals?but, above all, childhood molded by these things and intimately recalled in middle age. ("The New York Times Book Review")

Table of contents

Birds, Beasts, and RelativesConversation Part One: PERAMA 1. The Christening 2. The Bay Of Olives 3. The Myrtle Forests Part Two: KONTOKALI 4. The Pygmy Jungle 5. Cuttlefish And Crabs Interlude For Spirits 6. The Olive Merry-Go-Round 7. Owls And Aristocracy Part Three: CRISEDA 8. Hedgehogs And Sea-Dogs 9. The Talking Head 10. The Angry Barrels Epilogue Mail