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 by way of his liked animals. A Zoo in My Luggage starts with an account of Durrell’s 3rd journey to the British Cameroons in West Africa, within which he and his spouse catch 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 the way he manages his menagerie in all kinds of areas all through England whereas discovering an everlasting domestic for the animals presents as a lot event as shooting 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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Occasionally we’d go downstairs to the communal washer-and-dryer room and find some Malibu trust fund ne’er-do-well or poor Mexican teen smoking pot. Then there was the homeless contingent in Santa Monica. Being a beach town, my mother’s theory was that we shouldn’t spend money on airconditioning. She would prop open the front door to our apartment and plug in the Builders Emporium box fan to cool the place down. One time a big, scary-looking, stanky-smelling vagrant just walked into our apartment and started yelling at my dad, caught unawares in his boxers and Sears T-shirt.
Why would anyone want to drink this stuff? That really was my first and last taste of alcohol. When my pals in high school were starting to drink, it always looked unappealing to me. I would be at a big party and see one of the popular girls or football players completely wasted and puking and acting a fool, and think to myself, There’s nothing cool about that. I never wanted to be that out of control. I had friends who would drink because they were nervous, or they were shy. I wasn’t really nervous, and I certainly wasn’t shy.
The three things I still live my life by: television, insomnia, and delusions of grandeur. Mom must have spent a fortune on these three carnations for my eighth-grade graduation. Let’s just get this stuff out in the open: As a kid, I was ugly, I was freckly, I had short, wiry orange hair, and when I walked down the street, boys in my class would bark. ) And the torture didn’t end when the school year did. One summer, my parents treated my brother Johnny and me to a horseback-riding lesson. ” Ouch.
A Zoo in My Luggage by Gerald Durrell