By Gerald Durrell
Enthusiasts of Gerald Durrell’s undying vintage My kinfolk and different Animals will love this hilarious story, which unearths him as an grownup nonetheless charmed via his cherished animals. A Zoo in My Luggage starts off with an account of Durrell’s 3rd journey to the British Cameroons in West Africa, within which he and his spouse seize animals to begin their very own zoo. Returning to England with a couple of additions to their family—Cholmondeley the chimpanzee, Bug-eye the bush child, and others—they have nowhere to place them as they haven’t but secured a spot for his or her zoo. Durrell’s account of ways he manages his menagerie in every kind of locations all through England whereas discovering an enduring domestic for the animals presents as a lot event as taking pictures them. For animal enthusiasts of every age, A Zoo in My Luggage is the romping precise tale of the boy who grew as much as make a Noah’s Ark of his personal.
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