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Well-worth the read for those who love Nature
October 10, 2017
I first read these delightful books as a teen in the late 1960s and loved their description of animals and nature. Having become a fan recently of the British television series based on the books, I decided to re-read them and am glad I did.
If you like the tv series, you may not like the books as much as they are really mostly about the young Gerald and his exploration of Nature on Corfu. They were written with a young audience in mind. You will recognize the characters and situations but the televised version really focuses as much on the adults as on Gerald and to make them attractive to a viewing audience -- well, lets just say that liberties have been taken. For example, Spiros is described quite vividly as looking like "a gargoyle on holiday from Notre Dame"; hardly the tall, darkly handsome Spiros of the tv series!
In any case, the books are charming and most of the time it is easy to forget that they were written some decades ago except for the tendency to use adjective-laden prose and majestically long paragraphs. Re-reading them brought back happy memories.
Oh, and the BBC series is well-worth watching in its own right as well!