Author: Gerald Durrell
Publisher: Westland Ltd.
Paperback: 244 pages
The author Gerald Durrell was a well known naturalist and conservationist. He was also a zookeeper and wrote lots of books based on his experiences with animals. Now I am not a great animal enthusiast but I had really enjoyed one of his stories which we studied in high school. It was really a very humorous piece of writing.
So I couldn't resist picking up this book at Landmark when they were selling it at a bargain price of Rs.99.
This book does not have any animal stories (but I am not complaining !) but has six pieces on different pandemonic ( utterly confusing and chaotic) situations which he encountered.
The stories are about - a picnic with his family; then a cruise with his family; a chance meeting with his ex-girlfriend during his holiday in Venice; the impact of his reading a textbook on sexuality, on the staff of the hotel he was staying; the origins of a exotic dish served by a restaurant in France; spooky mirrors.
Stories have a great sense of "Wodehousian" humor (except one which though well written is a horror story) and I thoroughly enjoyed them.
A great read to lighten up your mood and enjoy all the good and bad things in life !
- Goodreads Rating - 4.12 out of 5 (275 ratings)