By Gerald Durrell
Whilst the radical Durrell relatives can not suffer the damp, grey English weather, they do what any good kinfolk could do: promote their apartment and relocate to the sunny Greek isle of Corfu. My kinfolk and different Animals used to be meant to include the traditional heritage of the island yet ended up as a pleasant account of Durrell’s family’s studies, from the numerous eccentric hangers-on to the ceaseless procession of doggies, toads, scorpions, geckoes, ladybugs, glowworms, octopuses, bats, and butterflies into their domestic.
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