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Джеральд Даррелл

Дата рождения: 7. Январь 1925
Дата смерти: 30. Январь 1995

Дже́ральд Ма́лкольм Да́ррелл — английский натуралист, писатель, основатель Джерсийского зоопарка и Фонда охраны дикой природы, которые сейчас носят его имя.

Младший брат известного писателя-романиста Лоренса Даррелла, Лесли Даррелла и Марго Даррелл .


„Наш мир так же сложен и уязвим, как паутина. Коснитесь одной паутинки, и дрогнут все остальные. А мы не просто касаемся паутины, — мы оставляем в ней зияющие дыры. Растениям и животным некому писать, за них некому заступиться, кроме нас, людей, которые вместе с ними населяют эту планету, но не являются ее собственниками.“

„Попробуй диету из апельсинового сока и салата. Это очень полезно. А можешь сесть на молоко и сырые овощи. Тоже очень полезная диета, но отнимает много времени.“


„A house is not a home until it has a dog.“

„I do wish you wouldn't argue with me when I'm knitting.“ My Family and Other Animals

„I said I *liked* being half-educated; you were so much more *surprised* at everything when you were ignorant.“ My Family and Other Animals

„My childhood in Corfu shaped my life. If I had the craft of Merlin, I would give every child the gift of my childhood.“ My Family and Other Animals

„‎'All we need is a book,' roared Leslie; 'don't panic, hit 'em with a book.“ My Family and Other Animals

„Tea would arrive, the cakes squatting on cushions of cream, toast in a melting shawl of butter, cups agleam and a faint wisp of steam rising from the teapot shawl.“ My Family and Other Animals


„Each day had a tranquility a timelessness about it so that you wished it would never end. But then the dark skin of the night would peel off and there would be a fresh day waiting for us glossy and colorful as a child's transfer and with the same tinge of unreality.“ My Family and Other Animals

„Gradually the magic of the island [Corfu] settled over us as gently and clingingly as pollen.“ My Family and Other Animals

„They were maps that lived, maps that one could study, frown over, and add to; maps, in short, that really meant something.“ My Family and Other Animals

„It's all your fault, Mother,' said Larry austerely; 'you shouldn't have brought us up to be so selfish.' 'I like that!' exclaimed Mother. 'I never did anything of the sort!' 'Well, we didn't get as selfish as this without some guidance,' said Larry.“ My Family and Other Animals


„Japan and Hong Kong are steadily whittling away at the last of the elephants, turning their tusks (so much more elegant left on the elephant) into artistic carvings. In much the same way, the beautiful furs from leopard, jaguar, Snow leopard, Clouded leopard and so on, are used to clad the inelegant bodies of thoughtless and, for the most part, ugly women. I wonder how many would buy these furs if they knew that on their bodies they wore the skin of an animal that, when captured, was killed by the medieval and agonizing method of having a red-hot rod inserted up its rectum so as not to mark the skin.“ The Aye-Aye and I

„I can't be expected to produce deathless prose in an atmosphere of gloom and eucalyptus.“ My Family and Other Animals

„I have attempted to draw an accurate and unexaggerated picture of my family in the following pages; they appear as I saw them. To explain some of their more curious ways, however, I feel that I should state that at the time we were in Corfu the family were all quite young: Larry, the eldest, was 23; Leslie was 19; Margo was 18; while I was the youngest, being of the tender and impressionble age of 10. We had never been certain of my mother's age for the simple reason she could never remember her date of birth; all I can say is she was old enough to have four children. My mother also insists that I explain that she is a widow for, as she so penetratingly observed, you never know what people might think.“ My Family and Other Animals

„Les, muttering wrathfully, hauled the bedclothes off the recumbent Larry and used them to smother the flames. Larry sat up indignantly.

'What the the hell is going on?' he demanded.

'The room is on fire, dear.'

'Well, I don't see why I should freeze to death... why tear all the bedclothes off? Really, the fuss you all make. It's quite simple to put out a fire.'

'Oh, shut up!' snapped Leslie, jumping up and down on the bedclothes.“
My Family and Other Animals

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