Synopses & Reviews
Part coming-of-age autobiography and part nature guide, Gerald Durrell's dazzling sequel to My Family and Other Animals is based on his boyhood on Corfu, from 1933 to 1939. Originally published in 1969 but long out of print, Birds, Beasts, and Relatives is filled with charming observations, amusing anecdotes, boyhood memories, and childlike wonder.
A delightful book full of simple, well-known things: cicadas in the olive groves, lamp fishing at night, the complexities of fish and animalsbut, above all, childhood molded by these things and intimately recalled in middle age. (The New York Times Book Review)