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Menagerie manor de Gerald Durrell
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Menagerie manor (1964 original; edició 1979)

de Gerald Durrell

Sèrie: Zoo Memoirs (3)

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Menagerie Manor is Gerald Durrell's account of how he set up his zoo in Jersey. Surrounded by a team of devoted helpers, this is a tale of teamwork and devotion to the cause. Besides the human dramas, Durrell reveals a host of fascinating practical details about animal health and behaviour, as well as stories of the individual animals themselves. This is an extremely entertaining and informative book chronicling the fulfilment of Gerald Durrell's lifelong ambition. Book jacket.… (més)
Membre:blahster
Títol:Menagerie manor
Autors:Gerald Durrell
Informació:Harmondsworth : Penguin, 1979.
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Menagerie Manor de Gerald Durrell (1964)

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This wonderful book is about a young zoo. Durrell was determined to start his own zoo against all odds; he parked his collection of wild animals in his sister's back garden while looking for a location. Happily acquired the grounds of an expansive estate to convert into his zoo. Some of the book is about the management, brief purchasing trips to foreign countries, public relation efforts and necessary fund-raising. But most of it is just about the animals, which delights me. Durrell describes with obvious fondness the antics and behavioral quirks of many of his wild charges, as well as their efforts to provide the proper diet, improve housing, treat diseases, deal with accidents and breed certain species..... Near the end of the book Durrell realizes that the zoo's purpose should be to keep more rare specimens and attempt to breed them to aid conservation efforts, and he closes with an environmental appeal in particular asking for donations to further the zoo's cause and hopefully slow the extinction rate of wildlife.

As usual, I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the animals' behavior, and efforts made with their care and husbandry. There's plenty of very amusing passages as well which had me laughing aloud. Durrell has a real knack for telling a story. The book has some beautifully expressive pen-and-ink drawings by Ralph Thompson illustrating nearly every other page. I love that so many were included, and found through one of the descriptions that the artist made at least some of these drawings (perhaps all?) from life, which you can tell by their liveliness and quality.

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  jeane | Mar 7, 2018 |
A light and entertaining read, but not as good as the books of the Corfu trilogy in my opinion. ( )
  cazfrancis | Jul 27, 2013 |
A great read!: This is a great book for all those who have a special place in their hearts for animals. Gerald Durrell takes us through his experiences in setting up a zoo in Jersey. It is a marvelous book full of humor. It sends out a message about saving wildlife. So, even if you are not the one to start a zoo, this book is a must read for you!
  iayork | Aug 9, 2009 |
One of his best.

The animals are the star of the show. Written 5 years after the initial founding of the Durrell Preservation Trust, this covers the initial set-up and a highlights a few of the key animal personalities that make living in a zoo such a fascinating experience.

From settling in a newly aquired creature, dealing with it's various illnesses and temprements to finding a mate and raising the young, all the problems joys and incidents are crafted with Gerald's light touch and irrepresible humour. The illustrations of the various animals are also delightful. Each chapter is headed by an exert from a the bagfulls of post the Trust recieves, often unintensionally hillarious.

There is mention of Gerald's first wife Jaquie - which surprised me because she doens't feature much in the earlier books, and I wasn't aware he had been previously married before he met Lee as recounted in some later works. I don't think he allowed any personnal disagreements space in his writings.

Short but immensly enjoyable, full of Gerald's devotion to the forna around him and the imperitive requirement of preserving it for the future. ( )
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Explanation: Most children at the tender age of six or so are generally full of the most impractical schemes for becoming policemen, firemen, or engine drivers when they grow up, but when I was that age I could not be bothered with such mundane ambitions; I knew exactly what I was going to do: I was going to have my own zoo.
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It is one thing to visit a zoo as an ordinary member of the public but quite another to own one and live in the middle of it; this at times can be a mixed blessing.
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Menagerie Manor is Gerald Durrell's account of how he set up his zoo in Jersey. Surrounded by a team of devoted helpers, this is a tale of teamwork and devotion to the cause. Besides the human dramas, Durrell reveals a host of fascinating practical details about animal health and behaviour, as well as stories of the individual animals themselves. This is an extremely entertaining and informative book chronicling the fulfilment of Gerald Durrell's lifelong ambition. Book jacket.

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