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  1. says:

    35 Originally published in 1992 this was Durrell’s last book a record of his final animal collecting expedition and ongoing conservation efforts in Madagascar It has his usual warm funny writing about both people and animals I’ve seen aye ayes in his zoo at Jersey and can attest to how strange but endearing these highly rare creatures are I love his account of his first meeting with one it bit his walking stick combed his beard and finally stuck its long ET finger in his ear “To allow such an astonishing and complex creature to become extinct was as unthinkable as burning a Rembrandt turning the Sistine Chapel into a disco or pulling down the Acropolis to make way for a Hilton”Durrell seems a touch patronizing about the Malagasy but his frustration with the futility of on paper wildlife regulations is understandable Though the aye aye and other species were protected the locals either didn’t know or didn’t care and continued to kill them for food or because they were eating their coconuts He was struggling significantly with his health by the time of this trip and mentions how tough the potholed roads were on his hips but mostly turns his physical travails to humorous effect like his intestinal issues on first arrivalFavorite passages“Over the years I have found that certain hotels object to your keeping a baby warthog in your room or fuss because you put snakes in the bath It is a short sighted policy which will not bring them custom in my considered opinion One is reduced to the vulgar level of a smuggler having by subterfuge to insert a creature into one’s room without making the management privy to one’s designs It is a hazardous business For example a charming South American maid once narrowly missed having a cardiac arrest when she discovered that I was sharing my bed not with my wife or mistress which would have been acceptable but with a baby Giant anteater”“Malagasy is a fine rackity clackity ringing language which sounds not unlike someone carelessly emptying a barrel of glass marbles down a stone staircase”


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  3. says:

    35 stars I cannot cope with tummy trouble and a recalcitrant lemur at the same time I know just what you mean Gerry I have that problem regularly It shouldn't surprise any of us that the little Gerry Durrell we met in My Family and Other Animals grew up to be the Gerry Durrell who went to Madagascar in his sixties artificial hips and all to collect animals in danger of extinction The aye aye is a lemur with extremely long fingers and teeth so sharp they can tear off the top of a coconut in two or three bites Their teeth don't stop growing so they need to chomp on things the way beavers do I didn't know prior to reading this book that lemurs are only found in Madagascar and some neighboring islands Apparently pretty much all of the animals on Madagascar are uniue to the place due to its geographic isolation THE AYE AYETHE SIFAKA These guys like to do a little sideways dancing Check it out SPORTIVE LEMUR These guys had to have been the prototype for Gollum


  4. says:

    I still can’t really get my head around the fact that I am going to Madagascar in about 5 weeks a trip arranged by my in laws I’m trying to make it feel real the best way I know how—reading This book recounts Gerald Durrell’s 1990 expedition to the island nation collecting specimens of rare and endangered animals to bring back to his zoo in England for captive breeding programs This style of conservation feels a little dated and Durrell’s prissy but game pith hatted colonial adventurer persona gets a little tiresome at times—he’s not as funny as he thinks he is—but the anecdotes that drive the book are pretty interesting Durrell and his intrepid team brave crumbling bridges disintegrating roads and vicious attack ducks to rescue gentle lemurs tortoises snakes giant jumping rats that would give the Dread Pirate Roberts pause and of course the titular aye aye Durrell’s focus is on the animals but he does spend some time on the Malagasy people and culture as well if through a somewhat patronizing lens


  5. says:

    The Aye Aye and I first published in 1992 is Gerald Durrell's account of his last major animal collecting expedition a trip to Madagascar in 1990 This is a Durrell different in some ways from the Durrell of earlier books If you've read his adventures in The Bafut Beagles The Drunken Forest The Whispering Land and so on you're probably familiar with a Gerry who shins up trees goes on long treks searching for elusive animals and has some of the most bizarre and hair raising experiences one could hope or not hope for This is an older Durrell he was to die just 5 years later in 1995 his hips ruined by arthritis and replaced with steel his adventures confined to letting others do much of the climbing and hunting and venturing into the unknown Yet this is a Durrell who is despite his frailties still Durrell with a brilliant sense of humour and an unparalleled enthusiasm and love for animals including the human variety The Aye Aye and I is a fine example of the uintessential Durrell book brimming with delightful descriptions of everything from the inappropriately named 'gentle lemurs' to the local village school children and their reactions to a first time viewing of a TV; from an account of a rather painful encounter while bathing on a thunder box with a trio of ducks to the many people local Malagasy and vazaha foreigners who race and gallop flit and tread through this book An absolute delight and highly recommended for any Durrell fan


  6. says:

    This book is like if James Herriot was in Madagascar rather than the British countryside It is very interesting from a conservation point of view lots of adventures with animals It is also a real curiosity because despite being written in the 90's it feels like it could have been written 100 years ago It is rollicking in that way that travel writing rarely is any and Durrell clearly cares deeply about his mission You can let this book sweep you away with its charms it is uite charming and funny but at some point it will inevitably sour Durrell writes about the Malagasy people without even a hint of concern about the fact that he is from a white country that colonized and enslaved people just like the Malagasy for hundreds of years and that has portrayed the people of the African continent as godless savages for even longer It would have taken just a little bit of thought to avoid these pitfalls Durrell is mostly respectful and delighted by the people he encounters but when he goes wrong it can go awfully wrong Much of his frustration as a conservationist is directed towards the governments that know better but don't care rather than the people themselves he is close but he is not uite there The audio reader it has just been recorded as an audiobook for the first time is perfectly suited to the material


  7. says:

    The Aye Aye and I When I first picked this book up in the library I thought that it was a fiction book It wasn't until I got home that I realised it was a sort of travel book come conservation story The book follows Gerald Durrell his wife and team from the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust The book combines facts about Madagascar a country which is under threat from slash and burn agriculture destroying animals habitat The book follows the team as they search for a number of different animals This was a really good book well written with good anecdotes from the expeditions


  8. says:

    A book with an unfortunate looking cover design that I chose at random from my housemate's bookshelf not expecting much Turns out that this book about a conservationist's adventures in Madagascar procuring some endangered species to sustain their population is an absolutely delightful insightful and hilarious read As I read along I realised that Durrell is a respected author who wrote the classic 'My Family and Other Animals' which I haven't read yet but definitely will along with all his other books now that I've gotten a taste of his way with words Amidst the madcap shenanigans there's a strong environmental message Durrell died in 1995 and was way ahead of his time when it came to environmentalism He understood that conservation is done best when it starts in the home country of a specific animal and he set about setting up sanctuaries worldwide and training local people to run them It was pretty depressing how ravaged Madagascar already was when this book was published almost 30 years ago so I hope there has been some positive progress since then


  9. says:

    An excellent read from a forward thinking conservationist who did a huge amount to help the animals andtherefore also the people of Madagascar amongst other placesDurrell is certainly a great storyteller and the book doesn't disappoint for laughs anecdotes and insights into what pioneering conservation zoology was likeThere are certainly parts and phrases which as an enlightened millennial will make you wince descriptions of locals for example or his obsession with the figure of just about every woman he encounters While not much of an excuse it was written 40 years ago now and the creepinesscasual racism comes off as benign


  10. says:

    The last book Durrell published during his life about his trips to collect strange animals and save them from extinction Animalists who complain about zoos should read books like these before they show their ignorance In this book I did not like Durrell's insistence on informing us in detail about his medical problems during the trip specially those which had to do with relieving his vowels


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Here is the riveting tale of Gerald Durrell's adventures and misadventures in the enchanted forests of Madagascar in search of the elusive Aye aye Once thought to be extinct the Aye aye the beast with the magic finger still lurks though in fast dwindling numbers in the forests of Madagascar Durrell's mission to help save this stra 35 stars I cannot cope with tummy trouble and a recalcitrant lemur at the same time I know just what you mean Gerry I have that problem regularly It shouldn't surprise any of us that the little Gerry Durrell we met in My Family and Other Animals grew up to be the Gerry Durrell who went to Madagascar in his sixties artificial hips and all to collect animals in danger of extinction The aye aye is a lemur with extremely long fingers and teeth so sharp they can tear off the top of a coconut in two or three bites Their teeth don't stop growing so they need to chomp on things the way beavers do I didn't know prior to reading this book that lemurs are only found in Madagascar and some neighboring islands Apparently pretty much all of the animals on Madagascar are uniue to the place due to its geographic isolation THE AYE AYETHE SIFAKA These guys like to do a little sideways dancing Check it out SPORTIVE LEMUR These guys had to have been the prototype for Gollum Biggles Fails to Return problem regularly It shouldn't surprise any of us that the little Gerry Durrell we met in My Family and Other Animals grew up to be the Gerry Durrell who went to Madagascar in his sixties artificial hips and all to collect animals in danger of extinction The aye aye is a lemur with extremely long fingers and teeth so sharp they can tear off the top of a coconut in two or three bites Their teeth don't stop growing so they need to chomp on things the way beavers do I didn't know African Nights prior to reading this book that lemurs are only found in Madagascar and some neighboring islands Apparently Kings pretty much all of the animals on Madagascar are uniue to the Doctor Who place due to its geographic isolation THE AYE AYETHE SIFAKA These guys like to do a little sideways dancing Check it out SPORTIVE LEMUR These guys had to have been the An Affair with My Mother prototype for Gollum

review The Aye Aye and I A Rescue Mission in Madagascar

The Aye Aye and I A Rescue Mission in Madagascar

Nge creature turns into a madcap journey in which you will meet not only the enigmatic Aye aye but the catlike Fosa the Flat tailed tortoise the Gentle lemurs of Lac Alaotra and the Malagasy chameleons among others Truly nothing escapes Durrell's sharp eye whether he is describing the great zoma market the village dances the treac The Aye Aye and I first published in 1992 is Gerald Durrell's account of his last major animal collecting expedition a trip to Madagascar in 1990 This is a Durrell different in some ways from the Durrell of earlier books If you've read his adventures in The Bafut Beagles The Drunken Forest The Whispering Land and so on you're probably familiar with a Gerry who shins up trees goes on long treks searching for elusive animals and has some of the most bizarre and hair raising experiences one could hope or not hope for This is an older Durrell he was to die just 5 years later in 1995 his hips ruined by arthritis and replaced with steel his adventures confined to letting others do much of the climbing and hunting and venturing into the unknown Yet this is a Durrell who is despite his frailties still Durrell with a brilliant sense of humour and an unparalleled enthusiasm and love for animals including the human variety The Aye Aye and I is a fine example of the uintessential Durrell book brimming with delightful descriptions of everything from the inappropriately named 'gentle lemurs' to the local village school children and their reactions to a first time viewing of a TV; from an account of a rather painful encounter while bathing on a thunder box with a trio of ducks to the many people local Malagasy and vazaha foreigners who race and gallop flit and tread through this book An absolute delight and highly recommended for any Durrell fan Believing In Faeries published in 1992 is Gerald Durrell's account of his last major animal collecting expedition a trip to Madagascar in 1990 This is a Durrell different in some ways from the Durrell of earlier books If you've read his adventures in The Bafut Beagles The Drunken Forest The Whispering Land and so on you're Buddho probably familiar with a Gerry who shins up trees goes on long treks searching for elusive animals and has some of the most bizarre and hair raising experiences one could hope or not hope for This is an older Durrell he was to die just 5 years later in 1995 his hips ruined by arthritis and replaced with steel his adventures confined to letting others do much of the climbing and hunting and venturing into the unknown Yet this is a Durrell who is despite his frailties still Durrell with a brilliant sense of humour and an unparalleled enthusiasm and love for animals including the human variety The Aye Aye and I is a fine example of the uintessential Durrell book brimming with delightful descriptions of everything from the inappropriately named 'gentle lemurs' to the local village school children and their reactions to a first time viewing of a TV; from an account of a rather The Burning Boys painful encounter while bathing on a thunder box with a trio of ducks to the many A Little Learning people local Malagasy and vazaha foreigners who race and gallop flit and tread through this book An absolute delight and highly recommended for any Durrell fan

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Herous bridges and river crossings the strange foods and stranger music or the vagaries of local officialdom As the San Francisco Chronicle noted It is impossible for Gerald Durrell to write anything that is less than exuberant eccentric and amusing And in his account of this rescue mission Durrell is uite simply at his superb bes An excellent read from a forward thinking conservationist who did a huge amount to help the animals andtherefore also the people of Madagascar amongst other placesDurrell is certainly a great storyteller and the book doesn't disappoint for laughs anecdotes and insights into what pioneering conservation zoology was likeThere are certainly parts and phrases which as an enlightened millennial will make you wince descriptions of locals for example or his obsession with the figure of just about every woman he encounters While not much of an excuse it was written 40 years ago now and the creepinesscasual racism comes off as benign