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Gerald Durrell (1925–1995)

Autor(a) de My Family and Other Animals

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About the Author

Gerald Durrell was born on January 7, 1925 in Jamshedpur, India to British parents. After the death of his father in 1928, the family lived in England and Europe before settling in Corfu, where he spent much of his childhood. Educated by private tutors, he became interested in natural history and mostrar mais amassed a private collection of dozens of creatures from scorpions to owls. He went on numerous wildlife expeditions and founded the Jersey Zoological Park and the Jersey Wildlife Preservation Trust with the purpose of breeding endangered species. His first book, The Overloaded Ark, was published in 1953. He wrote 37 books during his lifetime including My Family and Other Animals, The Bafut Beagles, A Zoo in My Luggage, Rosy Is My Relative, and The Mockery Bird. He received the Order of the British Empire in 1982 and was featured in the United Nations' Roll of Honor for Environmental Achievement in 1988. He died from complications related to a liver transplant on January 30, 1995 at the age of 70. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos

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Obras por Gerald Durrell

My Family and Other Animals (1953) 5,221 exemplares
Birds, Beasts, and Relatives (1969) 1,265 exemplares
A Zoo in My Luggage (1960) 910 exemplares
The Garden of the Gods (1978) 694 exemplares
The Bafut Beagles (1954) 678 exemplares
The Whispering Land (1961) 653 exemplares
The Amateur Naturalist (1983) 624 exemplares
The Drunken Forest (1956) 622 exemplares
Fillets of Plaice (1971) 614 exemplares
Menagerie Manor (1964) 580 exemplares
The Corfu Trilogy (2006) 552 exemplares
Two in the Bush (1966) 502 exemplares
Rosy Is My Relative (1968) 488 exemplares
Encounters with Animals (1958) 479 exemplares
Catch Me a Colobus (1972) 457 exemplares
Beasts in My Belfry (1973) 457 exemplares
The Overloaded Ark (1953) 453 exemplares
Three Singles to Adventure (1954) 444 exemplares
The Stationary Ark (1976) 300 exemplares
The Aye-Aye and I (1992) 271 exemplares
The New Noah (1955) 220 exemplares
The Mockery Bird (1981) 175 exemplares
How to Shoot an Amateur Naturalist (1984) 161 exemplares
Beasts in My Bed (1967) — Footnotes — 156 exemplares
The Ark's Anniversary (1990) 145 exemplares
The Fantastic Flying Journey (1987) 141 exemplares
The Donkey Rustlers (1968) 133 exemplares
Durrell in Russia (1986) 87 exemplares
My Favourite Animal Stories (1962) 67 exemplares
The Fantastic Dinosaur Adventure (1989) — Autor — 47 exemplares
Ark on the Move (1983) 39 exemplares
Puppy's Field Day (1993) 35 exemplares
Puppy Goes to Pets Day (1993) 32 exemplares
Keeper (1822) 31 exemplares
Best of Gerald Durrell (1996) 31 exemplares
Wild Time (1993) 30 exemplares
Toby the Tortoise (1991) 30 exemplares
Puppy's Beach Adventure (1993) 30 exemplares
Island zoo (1989) 22 exemplares
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Portfolio Two (1993) — Prefácio — 14 exemplares
Selected Works (1981) 13 exemplares
My Family and Other Animals (Adapted) (2019) — Original author — 12 exemplares
A Collection of Action Stories (1988) — Contribuidor — 7 exemplares
Classic Animal Stories (1989) 5 exemplares
Letayuschiy dom (2018) 3 exemplares
June Book 1963 (1962) 2 exemplares
Plekstes filejas (2000) 1 exemplar
Putni, zvēri un radinieki (2001) 1 exemplar
Šķirsta jubileja (2003) 1 exemplar
Zvēru sabiedrībā (2002) 1 exemplar
Ņirgu putns (2004) 1 exemplar
Malysh i more (2019) 1 exemplar
Durrell Gerald 1 exemplar
Search for a Zoo 1 exemplar
Complete Novels 1 exemplar
Look at Zoos (1969) 1 exemplar
Una educación de élite (1998) 1 exemplar
Un ‰albero pieno d'orsi (1997) 1 exemplar
Ogród bogów 1 exemplar
Puteshestvie k dinozavram (2018) 1 exemplar

Associated Works

Macmillan Illustrated Animal Encyclopedia (1984) — Prefácio — 233 exemplares
Watchers at the Pond (1961) — Introdução, algumas edições149 exemplares
Whatever Happened to Margo? (1995) — Preface, algumas edições113 exemplares
Best Dog Stories (1990) — Introdução — 112 exemplares
On the Track of Unknown Animals (1958) — Introdução, algumas edições110 exemplares
Foundations of Fear (1992) — Contribuidor — 97 exemplares
Richard Adams's Favorite Animal Stories (1979) — Contribuidor — 71 exemplares
The Enchanted Canopy (1986) — Prefácio — 47 exemplares
The Durrells in Corfu Series 1 (2016) — Original book — 35 exemplares
Twelve Gothic Tales (Oxford Twelves) (1998) — Contribuidor — 29 exemplares
Famous and Curious Animal Stories (1982) — Contribuidor — 29 exemplares
The Best of Both Worlds: An Anthology of Stories for All Ages (1968) — Contribuidor — 25 exemplares
Zoo: The Modern Ark (1990) — Prefácio — 25 exemplares
Animal Stories: Tame and Wild (1979) — Contribuidor — 23 exemplares
My Family and Other Animals [2005 film] — Based on the book by — 14 exemplares
Favorite Animal Stories (1987) — Contribuidor — 11 exemplares
Encyclopedia of Natural History (1978) — Prefácio — 9 exemplares
My Family And Other Animals [1987 TV mini series] (1987) — Original book — 8 exemplares
Chimps with Everything: The Story of Twycross Zoo (1979) — Prefácio — 7 exemplares
A brush with animals (1963) — Introdução — 6 exemplares
The Fireside Treasury of Modern Humor (1963) — Contribuidor — 5 exemplares
Three Great Animal Stories (1966) 2 exemplares

Etiquetado

Conhecimento Comum

Nome legal
Durrell, Gerald Malcolm
Data de nascimento
1925-01-07
Data de falecimento
1995-01-30
Localização do túmulo
Jersey Zoo
Sexo
male
Nacionalidade
UK
País (no mapa)
England, UK
Local de nascimento
Jamshedpur, India
Local de falecimento
St Helier, Jersey, Bailiwick of Jersey
Causa da morte
sepsis
Locais de residência
Jamshedpur, Bihar, India
Educação
Wickwood School
Ocupações
naturalist
author
conservationist
zookeeper
Relações
Durrell, Lawrence (brother)
Durrell, Margaret (sister)
Durrell, Jacquie (wife)
Durrell, Lee (2nd wife)
Organizações
Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust
Jersey Zoo, now renamed Durrell Wildlife
Prémios e menções honrosas
Order of the British Empire (Officer)

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Gerald Durrell was born in India in 1925. His family settled on Corfu when Durrell was a boy and he spent his time studying its wildlife. He relates these experiences in the trilogy beginning with My Family and Other Animals, and continuing with Birds, Beasts and Relatives and The Garden of the Gods. In his books he writes with wry humour and great perception about both the humans and the animals he meets.

On leaving Corfu he returned to England to work on the staff of Whipsnade Park as a student keeper. His adventures there are told with characteristic energy in Beasts in My Belfry. A few years later, Durrell began organising his own animal-collecting expeditions. The first, to the Cameroons, was followed by expeditions to Paraguay, Argentina and Sierra Leone. He recounts these experiences in a number of books, including The Drunken Forest. Durrell also visited many countries while shooting various television series, including An Amateur Naturalist.

In 1958 Gerald Durrell realised a lifelong dream when he set up the Jersey Zoological Park, followed a few years later by the Jersey Wildlife Preservation Trust.

Rosy is My Relative, his first novel, was published in 1968. Whether in a factual account of an expedition or a work of non-fiction, Gerald Durrell's style is exuberant, passionate and acutely observed. Gerald Durrell died in 1995.

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The Aye-Aye and I is the tale of Gerald Durrell's visit to Madagascar, during which time he is able to secure several critically endangered aye-ayes and return them to his captive breeding facility on the island of Jersey. In my opinion, it is the best of his animal-collecting books, and it is the last of that series that Durrell penned. The book seemed to be imbued with more passion for preserving wildlife than any of his other non-fiction works, and ended with tales of his sojourns in Mauritius, and the successes he and his team had had on that island, retrieving endangered birds, and returning them in greater numbers to the wild. It was wholly a diverting book, and I enjoyed it greatly.… (mais)
 
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ahef1963 | 11 outras críticas | Feb 26, 2024 |
Mikor éppen nem állatgyűjtő expedíciókat vezetett a világ legkülönfélébb vidékeire, vagy nem a maláriától feküdt lázas betegen, netán újabb könyvét írta, Gerald Durrell állattani előadásaival kápráztatta el a rádió hallgatóságát. Olyannyira lenyűgözve őket, hogy kikövetelték tőle a sorozat írott változatát is - ez lett a Vadak a vadonban, melyben a megszokott szórakoztató módon számol be nyugat-afrikai találkozásáról a petymegekkel, dél-amerikai kalandjáról egy kajmánnal, a világ legpompásabb nászruhájával rendelkező paradicsommadarakról, a tigrisek, a vízilovak vagy az ájtatos manók udvarlási szokásairól. Ahogy büszkén emlékezik meg arról is, hogyan segített tegzeslárvák építkezésein, s miként dédelgetett egy lidérces kinézetű ostorlábút, aki a Wilhelmina névre hallgatott. De feltárja a pöfögőfutrinkák védekezési és támadási szokásait és lerántja a leplet az útonálló darázs rovarvilágbeli műtétjeiről is, amelyek gyakorlott sebészeket is eltűnődésre késztetnek. Mindezek mellett láthatjuk esetlen próbálkozásait, amint egy kengurubébit próbál felnevelni, vagy elszánt bátorságát, amikor kígyóverembe ereszkedik alá álmából felverve az afrikai éjszaka közepén. Az argentin pampák veterán gauchójával való nanduvadászata pedig egyenesen burleszkbe illő epizód.… (mais)
 
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Tompowsky | 3 outras críticas | Feb 26, 2024 |
Funny and at times sad tales of animals in the zoo that became the New Jersey Wildlife Trust.
 
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ritaer | 6 outras críticas | Feb 1, 2024 |
I read My Family and Other Animals as part of the January CalendarCAT. It has been on the Kindle for a long time as part of a compendium of all three books. But, I'm counting them one at a time.

I had seen the PBS series about the Durrells and Corfu and enjoyed it. Durrell's memoir is fun: full of the curiosity and free spirit of the young boy he was and, it seemed, probably still was in his old age. I don't quite understand the propensity to capture and cage wild animals but I suppose that is how naturalists learn. Another interesting tidbit came via Wikipedia: Durrell's brother was well-known novelist Lawrence Durrell who was married and brought his wife with him to Corfu. Gerald fails to mention Nancy. Meanwhile, in his own fictional version, Durrell only mentions brother Leslie, ignoring Gerald and his mother and sister. I could only think, "Recollections may vary."

It was fun and I will eventually read the other two.
… (mais)
 
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witchyrichy | 148 outras críticas | Jan 28, 2024 |

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Membros
19,249
Popularidade
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Avaliação
4.0
Críticas
389
ISBN
994
Línguas
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Marcado como favorito
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