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11th Apr '13 3:23:58 PM Xtifr
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-->''This is the story of a five-year sojourn that I and my family made on the Greek island of Corfu. It was originally meant to be mildly nostalgic account of a natural history of the island, but I made a grave mistake in introducing my family into the book in the first few pages. Having got themselves on paper, they then proceeded to establish themselves and invite various friends to share the chapters. It was only with the greatest difficulty, and by exercising considerable cunning, that I managed to retain a few pages here and there to devote exclusively to animals.''
-->--Gerald Durrell, ''MyFamilyAndOtherAnimals''

-->''This is a very wicked, very funny, and I'm afraid rather truthful book the best argument I know for keeping thirteen-year-olds at boarding-schools and not letting them hang about the house listening in to conversations of their elders and betters.''
-->--[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lawrence_Durrell Lawrence "Larry" Durrell]]

''MyFamilyAndOtherAnimals'' is a hilarious [[BasedOnATrueStory semi-autobiographical]] account of Gerald Durrell and his family living on the island of Corfu between [[TheThirties 1935 and 1939]] as well as various fauna of the island. Each of Gerry's family, as well as other characters, have their own idiosyncrasies that make this one of the funniest books ever written. There's his long-suffering mother that never seems to be surprised by anything, his eldest brother Larry, another [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lawrence_Durrell famous writer]]; Leslie the [[GreatWhiteHunter gun nut]]; his ditzy older sister Margo; the over-protective family friend [[LargeHam Spiro "Americano" Chalikiopoulos]]; and the naturalistic and king of [[IncrediblyLamePun Incredibly Lame Puns]] Dr Theodore Stephanides.

It has two sequels, ''Birds Beasts and Relatives'' and ''The Garden of the Gods'' though these are not nearly as famous as the original. It has been adapted twice for television, once as a mini-series in 1987 starring {{BRIAN BLESSED}} and once in a 2005 made for TV film. It was also adapted for the stage in 2006.
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!!This contains examples of the following tropes:

* BasedOnATrueStory: Not just shortened, but there are a few inaccuracies. Larry is depicted as living with the family, though at the time he was living in another part of Corfu with his wife Nancy (shown in the film briefly but not in the book). Also, the reason that the Durrells leave the island in the book is for continuing Gerry's education, rather than [[WorldWarII the real reason]] for needing to go back to England.
** Somewhat Retconned: ''Birds Beasts and Relatives'' talks about the onset of the war. Spiro's response is typically hilarious.
* BigCreepyCrawlies: Cecily the Mantis, her fight with the gecko Geronimo is a CrowningMomentOfAwesome.
* CloudCuckooLander: The Rose Beetle Man who never speaks.
* DeadpanSnarker: Larry.
* TheDitz: Margo.
* DogsAreDumb: Dodo. Gerry says that her Victorian ignorance of the facts of life is rather touching. The other dogs in the house don't even acknowledge her existence...until they discover she comes into season '''very''' regularly. She has the attention span of a goldfish and obsessively follows Gerry's mother around, even when she is in the bath. This is taken to a new level when she had her puppy and insists on carrying it around everywhere.
* FeatheredFiend: Alecko, the seagull.
* FrogsAndToads: Toads make Spiro throw up.
* GreatWhiteHunter: Leslie.
* HeyItsThatGuy:
** The 1987 TV series features {{BRIAN BLESSED}} as Spiro.
** In the 2005 film, [[HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix Umbridge]] is Gerry's mother, and [[Film/WatchMen Ozymandias]] is Larry.
* HollywoodChameleons: Averted with the geckos and the lacewing beetles.
* IncrediblyLamePun: Theodore is full of these.
* ItWorksBetterWithBullets: Larry's first attempt at hunting snipe.
* LargeHam: Spiro, there's a reason why he was played by {{BRIAN BLESSED}}.
* LoyalAnimalCompanion: Roger.
* OneForSorrowTwoForJoy: Larry constantly accuses the Magenpies of being thieves and says they'll have to bury their belongings with an armed guard over them. They're given the run of the house until they are caged. Then during a party, they manage to undo the lock on their cage and get drunk.
* PetBabyWildAnimal: Gerry has many of these, like Achilles the tortoise, Ulysses the scops owl, the Magenpies and Quasimodo the pigeon.
* PollyWantsAMicrophone: The Magenpies, also to some extent Quasimodo who likes to dance to music.
* ReptilesAreAbhorrent: Leslie finding snakes in the bath.
* ScaryScorpions: Played straight when Gerry finds a mother scorpion with her babies, puts it in a matchbox that Larry brings to the breakfast table, [[HilarityEnsues hilarity ensues]]. Subverted by the fact that Gerry has a lot of respect for scorpions and wanted to raise a colony so he could study them more closely, but his family (unsurprisingly, all things considered) flatly refused.
* [[TurtlePower Tortoise Power]]: There's Achilles, as well as the dueling tortoises that fight over the ladies.
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-->''This is the story of a five-year sojourn that I and my family made on the Greek island of Corfu. It was originally meant to be mildly nostalgic account of a natural history of the island, but I made a grave mistake in introducing my family into the book in the first few pages. Having got themselves on paper, they then proceeded to establish themselves and invite various friends to share the chapters. It was only with the greatest difficulty, and by exercising considerable cunning, that I managed to retain a few pages here and there to devote exclusively to animals.''
-->--Gerald Durrell, ''MyFamilyAndOtherAnimals''

-->''This is a very wicked, very funny, and I'm afraid rather truthful book the best argument I know for keeping thirteen-year-olds at boarding-schools and not letting them hang about the house listening in to conversations of their elders and betters.''
-->--[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lawrence_Durrell Lawrence "Larry" Durrell]]

''MyFamilyAndOtherAnimals'' is a hilarious [[BasedOnATrueStory semi-autobiographical]] account of Gerald Durrell and his family living on the island of Corfu between [[TheThirties 1935 and 1939]] as well as various fauna of the island. Each of Gerry's family, as well as other characters, have their own idiosyncrasies that make this one of the funniest books ever written. There's his long-suffering mother that never seems to be surprised by anything, his eldest brother Larry, another [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lawrence_Durrell famous writer]]; Leslie the [[GreatWhiteHunter gun nut]]; his ditzy older sister Margo; the over-protective family friend [[LargeHam Spiro "Americano" Chalikiopoulos]]; and the naturalistic and king of [[IncrediblyLamePun Incredibly Lame Puns]] Dr Theodore Stephanides.

It has two sequels, ''Birds Beasts and Relatives'' and ''The Garden of the Gods'' though these are not nearly as famous as the original. It has been adapted twice for television, once as a mini-series in 1987 starring {{BRIAN BLESSED}} and once in a 2005 made for TV film. It was also adapted for the stage in 2006.
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!!This contains examples of the following tropes:

* BasedOnATrueStory: Not just shortened, but there are a few inaccuracies. Larry is depicted as living with the family, though at the time he was living in another part of Corfu with his wife Nancy (shown in the film briefly but not in the book). Also, the reason that the Durrells leave the island in the book is for continuing Gerry's education, rather than [[WorldWarII the real reason]] for needing to go back to England.
** Somewhat Retconned: ''Birds Beasts and Relatives'' talks about the onset of the war. Spiro's response is typically hilarious.
* BigCreepyCrawlies: Cecily the Mantis, her fight with the gecko Geronimo is a CrowningMomentOfAwesome.
* CloudCuckooLander: The Rose Beetle Man who never speaks.
* DeadpanSnarker: Larry.
* TheDitz: Margo.
* DogsAreDumb: Dodo. Gerry says that her Victorian ignorance of the facts of life is rather touching. The other dogs in the house don't even acknowledge her existence...until they discover she comes into season '''very''' regularly. She has the attention span of a goldfish and obsessively follows Gerry's mother around, even when she is in the bath. This is taken to a new level when she had her puppy and insists on carrying it around everywhere.
* FeatheredFiend: Alecko, the seagull.
* FrogsAndToads: Toads make Spiro throw up.
* GreatWhiteHunter: Leslie.
* HeyItsThatGuy:
** The 1987 TV series features {{BRIAN BLESSED}} as Spiro.
** In the 2005 film, [[HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix Umbridge]] is Gerry's mother, and [[Film/WatchMen Ozymandias]] is Larry.
* HollywoodChameleons: Averted with the geckos and the lacewing beetles.
* IncrediblyLamePun: Theodore is full of these.
* ItWorksBetterWithBullets: Larry's first attempt at hunting snipe.
* LargeHam: Spiro, there's a reason why he was played by {{BRIAN BLESSED}}.
* LoyalAnimalCompanion: Roger.
* OneForSorrowTwoForJoy: Larry constantly accuses the Magenpies of being thieves and says they'll have to bury their belongings with an armed guard over them. They're given the run of the house until they are caged. Then during a party, they manage to undo the lock on their cage and get drunk.
* PetBabyWildAnimal: Gerry has many of these, like Achilles the tortoise, Ulysses the scops owl, the Magenpies and Quasimodo the pigeon.
* PollyWantsAMicrophone: The Magenpies, also to some extent Quasimodo who likes to dance to music.
* ReptilesAreAbhorrent: Leslie finding snakes in the bath.
* ScaryScorpions: Played straight when Gerry finds a mother scorpion with her babies, puts it in a matchbox that Larry brings to the breakfast table, [[HilarityEnsues hilarity ensues]]. Subverted by the fact that Gerry has a lot of respect for scorpions and wanted to raise a colony so he could study them more closely, but his family (unsurprisingly, all things considered) flatly refused.
* [[TurtlePower Tortoise Power]]: There's Achilles, as well as the dueling tortoises that fight over the ladies.
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2nd Feb '13 10:33:11 AM nombretomado
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** In the 2005 film, [[HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix Umbridge]] is Gerry's mother, and [[WatchMen Ozymandias]] is Larry.

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** In the 2005 film, [[HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix Umbridge]] is Gerry's mother, and [[WatchMen [[Film/WatchMen Ozymandias]] is Larry.
28th Oct '12 8:04:19 AM LittleZelina
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** Somewhat Retconned: ''Birds Beasts and Relatives'' talks about the onset of the war. Spiro's response is typically hilarious.
12th Jun '12 11:15:54 AM Aquila89
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7th Aug '11 2:58:19 PM chelonianmobile
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* ItWorksBetterWithBullets: Larry's first attempt at hunting snipe.
2nd Jul '11 12:57:39 AM mlsmithca
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''MyFamilyAndOtherAnimals'' is a hilarious [[BasedOnATrueStory semi-autobiographical]] account of Gerald Durrell and his family living on the island of Corfu between [[TheThirties 1935 and 1939]] as well as various fauna of the island.
Each of Gerry's family, as well as other characters, have their own idiosincracities that make this one of the funniest books ever written. There's his long-suffering mother that never seems to be surprised by anything, his eldest brother Larry, another [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lawrence_Durrell famous writer]]; Leslie the [[GreatWhiteHunter gun nut]]; his ditzy older sister Margo; the over-protective family friend [[LargeHam Spiro "Americano" Chalikiopoulos]]; and the naturalistic and king of [[IncrediblyLamePun Incredibly Lame Puns]] Dr Theodore Stephanides.
It has two sequels, ''Birds Beasts and Relatives'' and ''The Garden of the Gods'' though these are not nearly as famous as the original. It has been adapted twice for televion, a 1987 starring {{BRIAN BLESSED}} and a 2005 made for TV film. It was also adapted for the stage in 2006.

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''MyFamilyAndOtherAnimals'' is a hilarious [[BasedOnATrueStory semi-autobiographical]] account of Gerald Durrell and his family living on the island of Corfu between [[TheThirties 1935 and 1939]] as well as various fauna of the island.
island. Each of Gerry's family, as well as other characters, have their own idiosincracities idiosyncrasies that make this one of the funniest books ever written. There's his long-suffering mother that never seems to be surprised by anything, his eldest brother Larry, another [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lawrence_Durrell famous writer]]; Leslie the [[GreatWhiteHunter gun nut]]; his ditzy older sister Margo; the over-protective family friend [[LargeHam Spiro "Americano" Chalikiopoulos]]; and the naturalistic and king of [[IncrediblyLamePun Incredibly Lame Puns]] Dr Theodore Stephanides.
Stephanides.

It has two sequels, ''Birds Beasts and Relatives'' and ''The Garden of the Gods'' though these are not nearly as famous as the original. It has been adapted twice for televion, television, once as a mini-series in 1987 starring {{BRIAN BLESSED}} and once in a 2005 made for TV film. It was also adapted for the stage in 2006.



* BigCreepyCrawlies: Cecily the Mantis, her fight with the gecko Geronimo is a CrowningMomentOfAwesome
* CloudCuckooLander: The Rose Beetle Man who never speaks
* DeadpanSnarker: Larry
* TheDitz: Margo
* DogsAreDumb: Dodo. Gerry says that her Victorian ignorance of the facts of life is rather touching. The other dogs in the house don't even acknowledge her existance...until they discover she comes into season '''very''' regularly. She has the attention span of a goldfish and obsessively follows Gerry's mother around, even when she is in the bath. This is taken to a new level when she had her puppy and insists on carrying around everywhere.
* FeatheredFiend: Alecko, the seagull

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* BigCreepyCrawlies: Cecily the Mantis, her fight with the gecko Geronimo is a CrowningMomentOfAwesome
CrowningMomentOfAwesome.
* CloudCuckooLander: The Rose Beetle Man who never speaks
speaks.
* DeadpanSnarker: Larry
Larry.
* TheDitz: Margo
Margo.
* DogsAreDumb: Dodo. Gerry says that her Victorian ignorance of the facts of life is rather touching. The other dogs in the house don't even acknowledge her existance...existence...until they discover she comes into season '''very''' regularly. She has the attention span of a goldfish and obsessively follows Gerry's mother around, even when she is in the bath. This is taken to a new level when she had her puppy and insists on carrying it around everywhere.
* FeatheredFiend: Alecko, the seagullseagull.



* GreatWhiteHunter: Leslie
* HeyItsThatGuy
** 1987 TV series
*** {{BRIAN BLESSED}}
** 2005 film
*** [[HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix Umbridge]] is Gerry's mother
*** [[WatchMen Ozymandias]] is Larry.

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* GreatWhiteHunter: Leslie
Leslie.
* HeyItsThatGuy
HeyItsThatGuy:
** The 1987 TV series
***
series features {{BRIAN BLESSED}}
BLESSED}} as Spiro.
** In the 2005 film
***
film, [[HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix Umbridge]] is Gerry's mother
***
mother, and [[WatchMen Ozymandias]] is Larry.



* LoyalAnimalCompanion: Roger
* OneForSorrowTwoForJoy: Larry constant accuses the Magenpies of being thieves and says they'll have to bury their belongings with an armed guard over them. They're given the run of the house until they are caged. Then during a party, they manage to undo the lock on their cage and get drunk.

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* LoyalAnimalCompanion: Roger
Roger.
* OneForSorrowTwoForJoy: Larry constant constantly accuses the Magenpies of being thieves and says they'll have to bury their belongings with an armed guard over them. They're given the run of the house until they are caged. Then during a party, they manage to undo the lock on their cage and get drunk.



* [[TurtlePower Tortoise Power]]: There's Achilles, as well as the dueling tortoises that fight over the ladies.

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* [[TurtlePower Tortoise Power]]: There's Achilles, as well as the dueling tortoises that fight over the ladies.ladies.
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13th Feb '11 12:51:30 PM Micah
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* CrowningMomentOfFunny: Has to be a tie between Gerry's scoprions at the breakfast table, Leslie's "burglar alarm" of guns that he sets off in the middle of the night, and Spiro throwing the barrel of water '''inside the house''' on the randy dogs after Dodo.
13th Jan '11 2:42:17 PM Circeus
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* ScaryScorpions: Played straight when Gerry finds a mother scorpion with her babies, puts it in a matchbox that Larry brings to the breakfast table, [[HilarityEnsues hilarity ensues]]. Subverted by the fact that Gerry has a lot of respect for scorpions and wanted to raise a colony so he could study them more closely, but his family flatly refused.

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* ScaryScorpions: Played straight when Gerry finds a mother scorpion with her babies, puts it in a matchbox that Larry brings to the breakfast table, [[HilarityEnsues hilarity ensues]]. Subverted by the fact that Gerry has a lot of respect for scorpions and wanted to raise a colony so he could study them more closely, but his family (unsurprisingly, all things considered) flatly refused.
11th Aug '10 10:35:46 PM Jumpingzombie
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* ReptilesAreAbhorrent: Leslie finding snakes in the bath.
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