The Whispering Land

The Whispering Land


By (author) Gerald Malcolm Durrell, Illustrated by Ralph Thompson

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  • Publisher: Penguin USA
  • Format: Paperback | 235 pages
  • Dimensions: 124mm x 193mm x 15mm | 180g
  • Publication date: 30 May 2006
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0143037080
  • ISBN 13: 9780143037088
  • Edition statement: Reissue
  • Sales rank: 186,243

Product description

Fans of Gerard Durrell's beloved classic My Family and Other Animals and other accounts of his lifelong fascination with members of the animal kingdom will rejoice at The Whispering Land. The sequel to A Zoo in My Luggage, this is the story of how Durrell and his wife's zoo-building efforts at England's Jersey Zoo led them and a team of helpers on an eight-month safari in Argentina to look for South American specimens. Through windswept Patagonian shores and tropical forests in Argentina, from ocelots to penguins, fur seals to parrots, Durrell captures the landscape and its inhabitants with his signature charm and humor.

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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

"Animals come close to being Durrell's best friends. . . . He writes about them with style, verve, and humor." --Time"No one can be funnier than Mr. Durrell in relating his own adventures or the antics of the claw and paw set." --The Christian Science Monitor

Table of contents

The Whispering LandA Word in Advance Part One The Customs of the Country The Whispering Land A Sea of Headwaiters The Golden Swarm The Bulbous Beasts Part Two The Customs of the Country Jujuy A City of Bichos Vampires and Wine A Wagon-Load of Bichos The Customs of the Country Stop Press Acknowledgments