So what's this, week five of lockdown? Not only am I losing track of what day it is I've also not much clue how long we've actually been in lockdown!
Well never mind, chin up, it's time for another round of Bookshelf Travelling for Insane Times which is being hosted by Judith at Reader in the Wilderness.
The idea is to share your bookshelves with other bloggers. Any aspect you like:
2. Books in the home.
3. Touring books in the home.
4. Books organized or not organized on shelves, in bookcases, in stacks, or heaped in a helter-skelter fashion on any surface, including the floor, the top of the piano, etc.
5. Talking about books and reading experiences from the past, present, or future.
Whatever you fancy as long as you have fun.
Today's Insane posted was inspired by Cathy at Kittling Books. She posted a review of Gerald Durrell's The Stationary Ark, written by him in 1976 and it reminded me that I have these:
Like a lot of people of a certain age, I grew up with Gerald Durrell. He was on TV collecting animals in documentaries, a larger than life sort of chap with very decided opinions about what was happening to the planet's wildlife. But as well as that, if you were a keen reader, perhaps aged 13 to 16, and had either grown out of children's books or had read all the library had to offer then Gerald Durrell was often what you were coaxed into. (Not to mention Agatha Christie, Georgette Heyer, Hammond Innes and John Wyndham, in those days there really wasn't any such thing as Young Adult fiction.)
Anyway, the first three books are known as The Corfu Trilogy, portraying life with the Durrell family when they moved to Corfu in the 1930s.
I've read two, My Family and Other Animals and Birds, Beasts and Relatives. Loved them both so I must get around to The Garden of the Gods. And of course there is now a TV series called, The Durrells.
Of the other three books I've read two. The Overloaded Ark and The Whispering Land. As will be seen from my review the latter is beautifully illustrated. The Overloaded Ark charts Durrell's first animal collecting expedition to the Cameroons in Africa and The Whispering Land concerns his trip to Argentina. The third book, The Drunken Forest, which I've yet to read, covers a trip to Northern Argentina and Paraguay. As a teenager I read various other titles too, A Zoo in my Luggage spring readily to mind and also as an adult I've read one or two titles from the library.
Of course, after a while Durrell opened his own zoo on the island of Jersey and collected for this rather than for other people's zoos. His became more about conservation and he pioneered a different, more animal-centric, kind of zoo which still exists today.