The memoir is derived from the author’s experiences prior to World War Two on Corfu, a small island off the coast of Greece. Gerald was ten-years-old when, desirous of warmer weather, his widowed mother sold their England residence and moved her small family to Corfu. His recollections of their experiences and his eccentric family and neighbor’s escapades are quite funny. At the same time, they provide a rich travelogue.
Gerald, a budding zoologist, found his heaven on earth in Corfu. The bugs, animals, and unbelievably supportive family were a dream come true for young Durrell who went on to become a well-known expert in his field.
Although I am not a fan of bugs, bats, and creepy crawling things in general, I really loved this book. It would make a great gift for anyone in search of a humorous escape of their own!