Since we will be taking a close look at narratives next term, I thought that it would be a good idea to work with an actual book. The book in question is “My Family and Other Animals” by Gerald Durrell. There are many reasons why this is a book worth reading and studying. Durrell is an excellent wordsmith. He paints such vivid pictures with his words that you don’t need a photograph to show you the world through his eyes. The storyline is entertaining, and the characters so well described that you feel you know them intimately. If you have read the book then you will know what I am talking about, and you will be happy to know that we will be spending a lot of time with it next term. If you have not read the book you might like to try it. It is unforgettable. You will be amazed at the amount of information we will draw from this single book. Those of you who are studying Literature may wonder why you need one more book added to the list. The answer is that you can never have too much literary exposure.
Even if you don’t want to read the book before school opens, you might want to look up Gerald Durrell on the internet. Sadly, he has passed away, but his life work lives on- he was always an avid conservationist and has done done much to give mute animals a voice in the face of their destruction.