Gerald Durrell describes a collecting expedition to the Cameroons where, with the assistance of a pack of African enthusiasts and mongrel dogs, he captured almost everything, from flying mice to booming squirrels. The unconscious humour of a supercilious toad or a hypocritical chimpanzee is only surpassed by the electric charm of the convivial man himself.
©1954 Gerald Durrell (P)2011 AudioGO Ltd
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This book details Durrell's first trip to the Cameroons. First published in the 1950's, it is an enjoyable story about the native peoples he meets and the strange and unusual animals he collects in hopes of bringing them back to British zoos. The story is full of humor (which, incidentally, is not captured by the narrator, who seems to not grasp the humor or is unable to portray it.)
The best place to start with Durrell is My Family and Other Animals, which tells of Durrell's introduction to nature as a child, spending a summer exploring on the Greek Isle of Corfu. It is hilarious and fascinating and very memorable.
The Bafut Beagles is very similar to Durrell's A Zoo in My Luggage, the story of a subsequent collecting trip to the Cameroons.
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