The Overloaded Ark, 1953 (IN RUSSIAN LANGUAGE) / (Pod pologom pjanogo lesa / . ) Gerald Durrell

ISBN: 9785170167678

Published: 2003

Hardcover

462 pages


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The Overloaded Ark, 1953 (IN RUSSIAN LANGUAGE) / (Pod pologom pjanogo lesa /    .  )  by  Gerald Durrell

The Overloaded Ark, 1953 (IN RUSSIAN LANGUAGE) / (Pod pologom pjanogo lesa / . ) by Gerald Durrell
2003 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 462 pages | ISBN: 9785170167678 | 7.68 Mb

Durrells books are so funny and absorbing- loaded with delightfully, engagingly anthropomorphic portraits of the rare animals he is collecting to finance his private zoo in the Isle of Jersey. This collecting trip takes place in Cameroon, in the rainforest not far from where the first African violet was discovered.In fact that connection is why I recently decided to re-read it.

While teaching a class on the rainforest to 1st & 2nd graders this year, I realized that I had actually read quite a lot of books about the rainforest, or set in the rainforest, but that they had been disguised under the sinister name jungle. For example, Heart of Darkness is set in the Congo, the second largest rainforest in the world. (Although that is a bit like saying Marseilles is the second largest city in France, both statements are still true.) Apparently a true jungle is the dense, tangled undergrowth that springs up when a large rainforest tree is felled, taking advantage of the new access to light and air.I read all of Durrells books as a precocious child and realized recently that they are also set in rainforest because thats where the greatest number of animals can be found.They are certainly dated on re-reading-- there is something very Kipling-esque in the many scenes of Durrell speaking pidgin with all the native bearers and drinking sundowners with the local Brits--but he has some sense of humor about the typical British colonial and has a prescient awareness of environmental concerns and how important zoos would become in the cause of conservation.And did I mention that his portraits of animals are priceless?

It really made me feel like I had been to the rainforest and made friends with the animals. Totally worth the read.



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