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The third volume in the 'Corfu Trilogy' continues the accounts of the young Gerald Durrell during the years that he and his family lived in Corfu before the Second World War. While the animals of Corfu are young Gerald's focus, it is the antics of his family and their array of friends and acquaintances that are the centrepiece of the humorous account....

Title : The Garden of the Gods
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ISBN : 9780002162685
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 196 Pages
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The Garden of the Gods Reviews

  • Chrissie
    2019-06-12 04:11

    This is the third and the last of Gerald Durrell's Corfu Trilogy. I think it is best to read them in order. For this reason I am not going to explain the whole story here, because this is not where you should start. When you pick up this book you will already know who everyone is. When you pick up the second and the third book it is like meeting old friends. All the books are both funny and lovely, a spot of sun in the darkness. Are you looking for something light, something to make you laugh? If so, I can whole-heatedly recommend any of them. I was on the way to giving this four stars, but the party that ends the book felt too slapstick. The audiobook narration by Christopher Timothy is absolutely wonderful. Listen to this; do not read the paper book. I honestly think the narration improves the funny lines. Each person has a different intonation that fits like a glove. Each and every one is perfectly performed. Do you need a little cheering up? Is the winter gloom getting you down? Go to the delightful island of Corfu and visit the Durrell family. I am sure you will be welcomed. Read the whole series. No, no listen to it.

  • Otis Chandler
    2019-06-13 04:15

    Book 3 is more of the same: hilarious and wonderful stories about the Durrell's live in Greece. I think this one was even funnier than the last two. If there were more of these I'd read them! Most of the funny bits have to do with Gerry and his animals doing crazy things - for instance:"The lamb seemed disappointed that no one was taking any notice of him; he had gambolled a little, decorated the floor, and done two nicely executed pirouettes, but he felt that no one was paying him the attention he deserved, so he put down his head and charged Mother."But as with the other two books, I continue to just love the picture that the book paints of what live in rustic Corfu was like:"Spiro drove us home through the cool, velvety night. The scops owls called ‘toink toink’ to each other, chiming like strange bells among the trees; the white dust billowed behind the car and remained suspended like a summer’s cloud in the still air; the dark cathedral groves of the olives were pricked out with the pulsing green lights of fireflies."

  • Joanna
    2019-06-09 05:25

    Last of the Corfu trilogy. I remember the day when I found it in the bookshop for the first time. I hugged it like a long lost friend, instantly carried it home. Read it the same day smiling and laughing all the time. I just finished it again, I read it whenever feeling blue, we have the most frightfully cold and wet weather at the moment. It was a perfect remedy. Full of sunshine and innocence of childhood, mixed with quite astute albeit slightly unkind comments about older siblings (which as the youngest in the family I can relate to)

  • dream
    2019-05-18 11:17

    What can I say? The end of the trilogy was one of my worst days in reading ever. Once being let in the magical and almost surreal world of Durrel's Corfu adventures, you can't seem to let go for long. I know these books by heart, but I still re-read them at least once a year. Not to count all the times when I only search through my favorite places, but end up reading straight through. Durrel's world is like an improved Eden before being chased away - so light, so innocent, so sunny and yet so real, full of good-natured laughter and knowledge that seeps through your mind almost effortlessly. It's the ultimate point for geeky romantics - a wonderful place to get lost.

  • Caitlin
    2019-06-05 10:25

    This is the finish to the trilogy of books Durrell wrote about growing up on Corfu. I love all three books for their combination of family memoir and natural history. Durrell writes well and these books are very funny so beware of reading them on public transportation!These books delighted me as a middle-school aged kid when I read them before and they are just as delightful now as I aspire to adulthood. Some day I will at least visit Corfu, but my true fantasy is to find a strawberry pink villa there in which to retire in splendor.

  • Margie
    2019-06-17 04:18

    The Garden of the Gods is the third and last in Durrell's Corfu trilogy. I had a hard time finding this book to purchase, but finally got an almost forty year old paperback from England in remarkably good condition for very little money (about $7.00 including shipping).Again, I was delighted with Durrell's writing. He was a genius at writing hilarious conversation and relating humorous episodes. I love laughing out loud when I read his books, but it's hard not to wake up the entire household when you are reading in bed with a flashlight! Toward the end of the book there is an episode in Chapter 7 involving Durrell's sister, Margo, which I could have done without. In the first two books, Durrell described his sister as somewhat dingy and self-involved. She comically garbled phrases and seemed naive and immature. However, in this chapter she displays a mean streak that could have endangered a young man's life. Granted, she probably didn't think about the danger of the situation, but she did mean to inflict great discomfort. It seemed out of character to previous descriptions of her and I was disappointed in the revelation. I wanted to remember the entire family as happy-go-lucky "innocents abroad." In the preface to the second book, Durrell writes about his brothers and sister telling him, in no uncertain terms, not write another book about their family. Luckily for his readers, he forged ahead anyway with books two and three. The temptation to write about his unconventional, wacky family was simply too great for Durrell to resist, leaving us with these hilarious gems.

  • Bookmaniac70
    2019-06-04 06:25

    Със съжаление приключих с прочитането на трилогията. Благодарна съм на Джералд Даръл за щедрите порции смях и прекрасните спомени от гостоприемната слънчева Гърция, както и за уникалния начин, по който пресъздава погледа на едно десетгодишно дете към света и природата. Навремето като малка явно не съм можела да оценя достатъчно майка му, но сега съм дълбоко впечатлена от аристократичното спокойствие, с което посреща всички семейни катаклизми, и подкрепата, която винаги е оказвала на децата си.

  • Israel Montoya Baquero
    2019-06-13 05:24

    Durrell mantiene el tipo en su conclusión de la "Trilogia de Corfu", con nuevas, delirantes, y divertidas historias protagonizadas por la familia del escritor en la isla griega.

  • Nancyc
    2019-05-27 07:30

    The Durrells were an amazing family. Gerry,the author of so many wonderful books, gives a delightful look into his family's lives in Corfu after moving from England. His prose is lush, giving me a feeling as if I also lived there, felt the sun on my face, swam in the ocean near their villa, saw all the animal and insect life he described, and ate some of the wonderful foods his mother cooked. The PBS series is very close to these books.

  • Hermien
    2019-06-18 11:26

    I loved the way he gives the animals and insects personalities.

  • Laura
    2019-05-18 09:09

    This is the final part of the "Corfu trilogy." The full review will be posted in the single volume os this trilogy which was kindly sent by my dear friend Themis-Atena.

  • Bímbala
    2019-06-13 03:19

    Qué penita acabar la trilogía. Leeré más libros de este autor con la esperanza de volver a encontrarme con su divertidísima familia :D

  • IonaStewart
    2019-06-06 11:02

    This is the third volume of the author´s trilogy about his life in Corfu in the 30s immediately prior to the Second World War.Gerard Durrell has a unique gift for writing hilarious prose. He is particularly humorous when describing the heterogeneous members of his family, who are continually arguing and quarrelling amongst themselves.The head of the household is Mother, whose main characteristic is her placatory nature (Oh, I´m sure he didn´t mean it, Larry!). Otherwise she is constantly occupied with creating delicious meals and searching for new, appetizing recipes.Larry is the eldest – he is exceedingly intellectual and highly literary; he always expresses his true opinions about everything, particularly the irritating activities of the others, especially Gerry and his animals, and generally furnishes literary allusions to these activities. Larry is perpetually inviting eccentric friends, acquaintances, and even people he doesn´t know, for long stays with the family, generally forgetting to warn Mother, who is the one who has to cook for, and otherwise attend to, them. Later Larry becomes a famous author, whose works include the illustrious “Alexandria Quartet”.Leslie, on the other hand, is by no means intellectual, but a ballistics expert; he is obsessed with guns and hunting, and has other practical talents.Margo, the only girl, is generally preoccupied with her latest romantic predilection. She is good at sewing/knitting and the like; when stressed she has difficulty in finding the correct words (“It´s an eye for an ear.”)Gerry, the author, who is the youngest, a boy of about ten, has an amazing talent in the field of natural history. With his patient dog Roger, he spends hours lying on his tummy observing the spectacular behaviour of tiny insects, spiders and the like; he is always bringing home wounded birds and other animals to add to his vast collection, to Larry´s despair.The maid Lugaretzia, a hypochondriac, regales the family daily on the progress of her various bodily ailments.There is also Spiro, an irascible Greek, who takes the family under his wing and, knowing everyone on the island, is able to help them with all sorts of practical problems, including bribing judges. His English is somewhat broken and he adds an “s” at the end of every word.Theodore visits the family every Thursday and they ply him with questions, since he is extremely knowledgeable about all conceivable matters. He is “everything to everyone”. He could discuss herbs and recipes with Mother and supply her with detective stories; with Margo he could talk of diets and ointments that could remedy spots, pimples and acne (which she was plagued with); he could converse on a par with Larry; he could enlighten Leslie on the history of firearms in Greece; and illuminate Gerry on the mating habits of various frogs, spiders or whatever.There is the lecherous, old mariner Captain Creech, who has amorous designs on Mother, and in particular her body, and whose lewd language is far from what she deems acceptable.These are just a few of the intriguing characters that frequented the Durrell household.I strongly recommend that you read this book. Gerald Durrell has an exceptional literary talent, not to mention his exquisite talents as a humorist; moreover, his observations of natural history are fascinating, even to a reader like me who is not normally particularly interested in such matters.

  • Trish
    2019-06-10 09:17

    A lovely conclusion to the trilogy. And the visit of the King of Greece had me in stitches.

  • Ian Smith
    2019-06-17 04:24

    An artist of words, Gerald Durrell reconstructs distant memories of his golden childhood on Corfu with evocative and humorous caricatures of people, places and events, brilliantly described in glorious technicolor. A sensory overload of sights, sounds, smells, and tastes pours from every page, liberally sprinkled with vividly flamboyant similes. Just read the first paragraph of the book - simply wonderful. Made me wonder what Gerald Durrell could have achieved had he turned to 'serious' writing. I loved this book - the third in his series of 'family' books from Corfu - when I first read it as a child, and appreciate it just as much now. Though I must confess to a certain degree of scepticism regarding the veracity of the anecdotes he relates - partly because they are often simply outrageous, and partly because no-one can possibly remember that level of detail forty years later! So not so much an autobiography as a series of beautifully crafted hilarious short stories with a tenuous basis in fact. Delightful book - one of his best.

  • Rosemary
    2019-06-06 09:09

    Another diverting read from Gerald Durrell. I got a bit tired of Captain Creech (I don't know how Mrs.Durrell put up with him), but the stories are entertaining and the descriptions of animals are again meticulous and skillful.

  • Laura
    2019-06-03 08:18

    I kept having such laughter fits that my dog woke up and came to me with a worried look on its face.

  • Naomi
    2019-06-08 11:25

    It's a vey nice book. I enjoyed it. It's not as goood as the "My family and other animals" but it has very funny and interesting stories.

  • Tabitha
    2019-06-06 11:12

    argh! I'm so torn on this one. What I loved about it:It feels so good to be in Corfu again!We meet many new characters (including the charming Jeejee) and life in Corfu is fleshed out a bit as we venture into town and interact more with the locals.We learn more about Mother and her background, which is fabulous, because she is probably my favorite character of the whole series and I find her utterly fascinating. We also get to learn a tiny bit more about Theodore, another one of my favorites.This book seems to get more into the nitty gritty of daily life, like mentioning all the fleas, which nicely balances the idyllic setting.What I didn't love about it:Ugh, Captain Creech! What a deplorable person. I got tired of hearing about his escapades and especially the lyrics of his songs and jokes.There's a lot more swearing than the first 2 books, I'm not sure why... perhaps because this one was published later? The stories felt a little haphazardly thrown together, like Mr Durrell was scraping the bottom of the barrel, especially with the animal stories. Jeejee's comment in the last chapter-- mostly because it was startling, but at least Mother was shocked! I just wasn't expecting to turn the page and see that word, which, as a person living in 2017, makes me cringe. Of course in the 30's it wasn't quite as big a deal. If I had read this first, I'd probably only give it 3 stars. Because I was already attached to the characters, I enjoyed it more and will give it 4. I still laughed out loud several times, and I still found it delightful. Just not AS delightful as the other two.

  • Lisa
    2019-05-19 03:31

    1977 50th birthday challengeWhere oh where did get this recommendation? I wish I could thank the source. Fauna and Family, also known as The Garden of the Gods, is the third in Durrell’s Corfu trilogy, and it became a show on Masterpiece Theater. I had not heard of any of this family memoir. I read the third book without having read the first two and I think it can be read it on its own, but I wish I had known these characters all along. The family consists of three brothers, one sister and their mother. The father is dead but in book three I don't know when or how he died. The relationships between these four kids and their mother is a hoot. They say anything and love each other. The accept guests into their home in Corfu and these characters are, well, characters to love and laugh at. Each chapter is its own story but they are chronological in time but can stand on their own. This book is light, quick reading and what I would recommend as a palate cleanser when needed between heavy books. I love each of the Durrell family members and watching them interact with each other, the many animals Gerry brings into the house, is delightful.

  • Linda Fagioli-Katsiotas
    2019-05-20 09:26

    I’m a fan of Gerald Durell so I forgive him for the sweeping generalization of, "like so many Americans, they were possessed of a charming naiveté and earnestness,” depicted through two flamboyant nitwits of whom Leslie played one trick after another. I found that small part of the book annoying. I deducted one star: I had no idea I was so thin-skinned. This is the last book in the trilogy. I’m saving the middle book for my escape from next year’s cold winter. I love the characters, as they are a perfect depiction of so many Greeks I’ve dealt with while in Greece. I think this might be something that those in love with Greece and specifically Corfu and her sister-mainland, would find especially entertaining to read.

  • Anna
    2019-06-09 07:03

    Határozottan az a véleményem, hogy ezek a történetek kimeríthetetlen forrásai a vidám, de legalábbis mosolygós pillanatoknak. Minden családban vannak olyan történetek, amik utólag visszagondolva roppant viccesek (mert azt be kell látni, hogy az adott pillanatban nem mindig értékeljük a dolgok pikantériáját) de mégis jobb, ha mások ballépéseiről olvasunk, ugyebár. Azért sokszor irigyeltem azt a világot Gerry-től, a szigetet, az állatok seregletét, a szokatlanabbnál szokatlanabb helyzeteket. Nem mellesleg emelem kalapom az édesanyja előtt, hogy bírta idegekkel és energiával a családot. :D

  • Patricia
    2019-06-11 03:28

    One-third of the Corfu Trilogy. Very funny!

  • Eva
    2019-05-23 04:10

    I really enjoyed it! There weren't quite as many laugh out loud moments as the first two, but overall it felt exactly like coming home to sink into the joys of Corfu for a few hours and enjoy the Durrell family.

  • Dave
    2019-06-01 03:14

    No diminishing of pleasure in these continued anecdotes from Corfu. I want to be a ten-year-old boy collecting animals, learning from Theodore and Kralefsky, befriending the locals and observing my crazy family. Read all of these books.

  • Ken Fredette
    2019-06-10 06:23

    I was a little upset when I finished the third book of the trilogy because Gerald Durrell was only still a thirteen year old at the time yet he was still looking for anything that was an animal or insect or bird or human. Still his anecdotes of the family was amusing. I can't imagine living on an island like Corfu and having the type of life they had with different people coming and going constantly as the only entertainment. I would recommend this trilogy for everyone's pleasure to read.

  • Rita Welty Bourke
    2019-06-09 07:09

    Louisa Durrell, widowed mother of four, decides to move her family from cold, rainy England to the lovely Greek island of Corfu. The dilapidated house she rents has no electricity, but the island is a paradise and living is cheap. Mrs. Durrell’s children, Larry, Leslie, Margo, and Gerry, adjust each in his/her own way: Larry works on a novel, Margo falls in and out of love, Leslie has a love affair with guns, and budding naturalist Gerry fills the house and patio with his collection of fauna: dogs, goats, birds, turtles, beetles, etc. The locals who appear on the Durrell doorstep are an equally colorful lot: there’s an old, foul-mouthed Captain, a visiting Prince who has a fetish about his clothing, a rotund policeman who has never arrested a single lawbreaker.The book is one of three memoirs Gerry wrote about his life on Corfu. It is a such a joy to read, you wish there were three more.

  • Emily
    2019-06-08 08:21

    A complete gem, just like the first two in the series. Delightful, engaging, laugh-out-loud funny. I'd recommend the Corfu trilogy to just about anyone. It was especially nice to read about dreamy, sunny Greece in the middle of a dreary, frigid winter. This one does have a bit more colorful language than the first two books in the trilogy... just something to keep in mind if reading aloud to a kid.

  • Robert
    2019-06-05 04:22

    Out of the Corfu trilogy this one is the best - it's much ruder than the other two, thanks to captain Creech and the situations described are fantastic. From the farcical picnic, the blue ice cream and the birthday party. All funny.

  • Peter Macinnis
    2019-06-04 11:08

    Almost up to the standard of the two that went before, surpassing them in places. Perhaps I am Durrelled out, but this one is definitely a keeper! And Corfu is on my list, perhaps after another week on Kefallonia.