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The whispering land de Gerald Durrell
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The whispering land (original: 1961; edição: 1961)

de Gerald Durrell

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'When you have a large collection of animals to transport from one end of the world to the other you cannot, as a lot of people seem to think, just hoist them aboard the nearest ship and set off with a gay wave of your hand.' Gerald Durrell and his wife are the proud owners of a small zoo on the island of Jersey. But there's one thing that's better than a small zoo - a bigger one! So Durrell heads off to South America to collect more animals. Along windswept Patagonian shores and in Argentine tropical forests, he encounters a range of animals from penguins to elephant seals. But as always, he is drawn to those rare and interesting creatures which he hopes will thrive and breed in captivity . . . Told with enthusiasm and without sentimentality, Gerald Durrell's The Whispering Landis an often hilarious but always inspiring foray into the South American wilds.… (mais)
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Título:The whispering land
Autores:Gerald Durrell
Informação:Harmondsworth : Penguin, 1964, c1961
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The Whispering Land de Gerald Durrell (1961)

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I dimly recalled quite liking 'My Family and Other Animals', but perhaps I was put off by how popular and celebrated the book had become over the years. This was an accidental read, in a way; it was part of my school's forgotten student library, and the pages were practically falling out by the time I began with it. But a few days later I was finished and felt so exhilarated by Durrell's prose - here he describes an adventure in Patagonia - that I immediately ordered another five of his books online. ( )
  soylentgreen23 | Aug 20, 2017 |
Gerald Durrell escribe acerca de su visita a Argentina en busca de animales para su zoológico, muy bueno, una descripción de una argentina con los ojos de un Ingles particular, y que muestra un amor por la gente y los animales ( )
  gneoflavio | Mar 4, 2017 |
great illustrations by Ralph Thompson!
  magicalaurie | Jan 26, 2016 |
"The Whispering Land" is the first of Gerald Durrell's books that I've ever read, and it may be the last. The guy reminds me of one of those extraordinary Englishmen you used to see every once in a while on public television, narrating some documentary or other. Typically, these individuals' extremely refined and extremely British accents and manners contrasted delightfully with their boundless enthusiasm and adventuresome spirit: they gentlemen of the old school gone back to nature, with a vengeance. While Durrell's affection for natural world is obvious and he writes fluidly, if a little formally, I didn't find too much else to like about him. In "The Whispering Land," he treats South America more or less as an animal supermarket, which doesn't sit so well in an age where most people think that we should, if possible, leave wild animals where we found them. His relationship with many of the Argentines he meets on his journeys is also kind of problematic: while he introduces us to a couple of fascinating characters -- including a former Hungarian nobleman and a dedicated amateur naturalist -- he's also rather unkind in his descriptions of the locals he meets only in passing. How much of a jerk do you have to be to make light of a non-native speaker's difficulties in English, Gerry? He's also something of an obvious bon vivant: there's a lot in here about beautiful women, delicious asados and gin and tonics, and readers' mileage there may vary: the author sometimes comes off as precisely the kind of oblivious, high-handed Englishman he purports to loathe. Durrell's descriptions of Argentina's landscape and of the animals he meets are occasionally quite good, and "The Whispering Land" reads easily, but he's also got a bad habit of personifying the animals he sees, which takes a lot of the "natural" out of the natural world, so to speak. I read this one mostly for local interest, since I live in Buenos Aires, and the book does provide a portrait, of sorts, of an Argentina that vanished as the country modernized. Durrell's work and institutional legacy are pretty much beyond criticism, so it doesn't much matter that I didn't like "The Whispering Land." And is genuinely touching to hear how he nursed a mistreated ocelot and a sick peccary back to health. But I imagine that there are better books on Argentine wildlife out there than this one ( )
  TheAmpersand | Nov 28, 2015 |
An entertaining account of Gerald Durrell's trip to Argentina to collect animals for his zoo. Easy reading. ( )
  cazfrancis | May 6, 2014 |
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Whatley, JuliaArtista da capaautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
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who, by leaving Argentia, has deprived me of
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'When you have a large collection of animals to transport from one end of the world to the other you cannot, as a lot of people seem to think, just hoist them aboard the nearest ship and set off with a gay wave of your hand.' Gerald Durrell and his wife are the proud owners of a small zoo on the island of Jersey. But there's one thing that's better than a small zoo - a bigger one! So Durrell heads off to South America to collect more animals. Along windswept Patagonian shores and in Argentine tropical forests, he encounters a range of animals from penguins to elephant seals. But as always, he is drawn to those rare and interesting creatures which he hopes will thrive and breed in captivity . . . Told with enthusiasm and without sentimentality, Gerald Durrell's The Whispering Landis an often hilarious but always inspiring foray into the South American wilds.

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