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This is the story of Gerald Durrell's animal collecting expedition to what was then the British Cameroons, in the late 1940's. The book is full of memorable characters, human and animal. The portrait of the Fon (chief) of Bafut is a marvellous character study, and the country and the people are described with fondness. Among the things Durrell writes about are dancing monkeys, a midnight frog hunt, the night he taught the Fon to dance the Conga, his group of hunters and their motley pack of hunting dogs (the beagles), and the joys and problems of keeping a large collection of wild animals.
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Plot & Themes

Ethnic/Relig. of subject (inside)    -   African Black Ethnic/regional/gender    -   Yes Outdoors story    -   Yes Exploring:    -   animal watching/hunting Period of greatest activity?    -   1950+

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   small businessman Ethnicity    -   White Nationality    -   British


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   6 () Africa    -   Yes Kind of Africa:    -   Black Africa Jungles?    -   Yes Small town?    -   Yes Century:    -   1930's-1950's

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   very happy    -   like laughing Pictures/Illustrations?    -   A ton 16-20 B&W How much dialogue in bio?    -   significantly more descript than dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   0-25% of book

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