I’m taking part in the Blogging From A-Z Challenge April 2017 with the theme of books. I’ll be blogging about books on my Goodreads shelf that I’ve read or want to read.
Today’s letter is M and the book I’ve chosen is My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell. This book is the first of a trilogy telling of the author’s childhood in Corfu during the 1930s. I listened to the abridged version of the audiobook and was transported to Corfu by the author’s wonderful writing and Hugh Bonneville’s perfect narration.
“My Family and Other Animals is the story of the adventurous time Durrell and his family spent on the island of Corfu during his childhood. Worn down by the miserable English weather, Gerry’s family takes the unusual step – for a 1930s British family – of moving somewhere hotter. Treated to the sunshine of Greece with its array of flora and fauna, young Gerald is in a budding naturalist’s utopia, with the added bonus of being able to observe the unusual creatures known as his relatives. His placid mother, gun-obsessed brother Leslie, angst and acne-plagued sister Margo, and eldest brother the irascible author Larry put on a dazzling display of human quirk, and combine with strays such as Spiro the local taxi-driver to brilliant comic effect. Animal and human life combine in this beautiful, timelessly entertaining memoir.”