The Corfu Trilogy by Gerald Durrell
Published by Open Road Media on November 29th 2016
Genres: Animals, Biography & Autobiography, Europe, Greece, Nature, Personal Memoirs, Travel, Wildlife
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The three books making up the delightful Corfu Trilogy are all excellent as stand-alone reads. They are the classic My Family and Other Animals, and the lesser known but equally good Birds, Beasts and Relatives, and The Garden of the Gods.
In all three, Durrell shows his skills as a master story-teller and superb naturalist. He gets the perfect balance between exceptional nature observations and the hilarious experiences of his family, their many visitors and the local Corfites.
Then was different to now
Of course, there is an outdated element to the books. No child today should be encouraged or allowed to collect the vast number of animals that Durrell did, which included robbing birds’ nests and other (now) illegal activities!
So I would imagine a child reading it today might be amazed at what the young Gerald got away with. But hopefully it might lead to some useful discussions on protecting wildlife, and conserving habitats and ecosystems, rather than taking animals from the wild and keeping them in cages.
Hopefully too, the same children might realize that things were different then. The young Gerald’s nest-robbing and other activities proved useful. They laid the foundation for his later magnificent work in breeding and protecting endangered species of animals.
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