The Corfu Trilogy – My Family and Other Animals, Birds, Beasts and Relatives and The Garden of the Gods – is a classic in natural history writing. Here are sometimes unexpected, always delicious accounts of Gerald Durrell’s life on Corfu with his family and friends. They include observations of the zebras and tapirs they collected, visions of boating with John Kirkness and other life-long friendships, descriptions of the cats it takes to bring up young children, and stories about the misadventures that make up what it means to be human.
The Corfu Trilogy is a charming, captivating, and witty tale of discovery. The three books in the trilogy deal with various aspects of natural history and ecology, interspersed with Gerald’s involvement with his zoo. We follow tourists as they roam around the island of Corfu and meet exciting animals along the way, even doffing their hats at Lord Rothschild!
The Corfu Trilogy by Gerald Durrell is a classic novel set on the enchanted island of Corfu in the 1930s and tells the story of the eccentric English family who moved there. For Gerald, the budding zoologist, Corfu was a natural paradise, teeming with strange birds and beasts he could collect, watch and care for. But life was not without its problems as he had to deal with his alcoholic father’s antics, his social faux pas, and many heartbreaks along the way.
This classic novel tells the story of a young Englishman, Gerald Durrell, who sets up his home on the Greek island of Corfu in the 1930s and brings with him his passion for zoology. In this exquisitely crafted book, he explores the island’s natural history but also introduces us to its wildlife – some very unusual.
About The Corfu Trilogy Book
The Corfu Trilogy consists of the popular classic My Family and Other Animals and its delightful sequels, Birds, Beasts, Relatives, and The Garden of the Gods. All three books are set on the enchanted island of Corfu in the 1930s and tell the story of the eccentric English family who moved there. For Gerald, the budding zoologist, Corfu was a natural paradise, teeming with strange birds and beasts he could collect, watch and care for.
But life was not without its problems – his family often objected to his animal-collecting activities, especially when the beasts wound up in the villa or – even worse – the fridge. With hilarious yet endearing portraits of his family and their many unusual hangers-on, The Corfu Trilogy also captures the beginnings of the author’s lifelong love of animals. Recounted with immense humor and charm, this extraordinary account of Corfu’s natural history reveals a rare, magical childhood.