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A Zoo in My Luggage
"A Zoo in my Luggage" is a story about an expedition for collecting animals from West Africa in Cameroon. The story started when Gerald Durrell and his wife decided to go to Cameroon and collect as much animals as they will have their own zoo. During the expedtion in Cameroon, they stayed in the Fon of Bafut's Resthouse. After their stay in Cameroon, they collected more than 250 specimens which some of them were very rare. The major problem was to...
My Family and Other Animals (Biography)
The setting of this book is the beautiful picturesque Greek island of Corfu. A young Gerald Durrell and his somewhat eccentric family set off from cold, depressing England and arrive as if in a dream on the sunny island of Corfu.This island is a veritable treasure of animal life and olive groves.In the narrative, Gerald takes the reader on his explorations of the island. With him, the reader visits old islanders and shares in their bread and olive oil, f...
My Family And Other Animals (Literature)
When the unconventional Durrell family can no longer endure the damp, gray English climate, they sell their house and relocate to the sunny Greek isle of Corfu. My Family and Other Animals was intended to embrace the natural history of the island but ended up as a delightful account of Durrell's family's experiences, from the many eccentric hangers-on to puppies, toads, scorpions, geckoes, ladybugs, glowworms, octopuses, bats, and butterflies into their ...
Rosy is My Relative
The author Gerald Durrell is an animal lover and this is one of his humorous stories. The story starts by a young man, Adrian Rookwhistle, recieving a letter from his uncle and told him that before he dies he was going to let him Rosy. Adrian did not know that Rosy was an elephant. He was shocked when he saw this huge beast. After taking his friend's advice of going and sell Rosy to the circus, it showed Adrian that it was not an easy task to do for...

Durrell booklist

The Bafut Beagles
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 grou...
The Drunken Forest
This is the story of Gerald Durrell's animal collecting expedition to Argentina and Paraguay in 1954. As in Durrell's other books, there are descriptions of landscapes and places, and the usual portraits of charming characters, both human and animal. The Durrells had to release most of the animals they caught in Paraguay and make their escape from the country in a small aircraft, due to a revolution. As a result, they came back from the six-month journey...
The Talking Parcel
Three children find themselves in a land where all the different creatures from the myths live. There they have to fight the basiliscs who try to take over....


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