Literature: My Family and Other Animals
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.My Family and Other Animals
is a hilarious semi-autobiographical
account of Gerald Durrell
and his family living on the island of Corfu between 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 famous writer
; Leslie the gun nut
; his ditzy older sister Margo; the over-protective family friend Spiro "Americano" Chalikiopoulos
; and the distinguished naturalist and king of 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.
This contains examples of the following tropes: