❴Reading❵ ➶ The Aye-Aye and I: A Rescue Mission in Madagascar Author Gerald Durrell – 91videos.co

Here Is The Riveting Tale Of Gerald Durrell S Adventures And Misadventures In The Enchanted Forests Of Madagascar, In Search Of The Elusive Aye Aye Once Thought To Be Extinct, The Aye Aye, The Beast With The Magic Finger, Still Lurks, Though In Fast Dwindling Numbers, In The Forests Of Madagascar Durrell S Mission To Help Save This Strange Creature Turns Into A Madcap Journey In Which You Will Meet Not Only The Enigmatic Aye Aye, But The Catlike Fosa, The Flat Tailed Tortoise, The Gentle Lemurs Of Lac Alaotra, And The Malagasy Chameleons, Among Others Truly Nothing Escapes Durrell S Sharp Eye, Whether He Is Describing The Great Zoma Market , The Village Dances, The Treacherous Bridges And River Crossings, The Strange Foods And Stranger Music, Or The Vagaries Of Local Officialdom As The San Francisco Chronicle Noted, It Is Impossible For Gerald Durrell To Write Anything That Is Less Than Exuberant, Eccentric, And Amusing And In His Account Of This Rescue Mission, Durrell Is, Quite Simply, At His Superb Best


10 thoughts on “The Aye-Aye and I: A Rescue Mission in Madagascar

  1. says:

    3.5 Originally published in 1992, this was Durrell s last book, a record of his final animal collecting expedition and ongoing conservation efforts in Madagascar It has his usual warm, funny writing about both people and animals I ve seen aye ayes in his zoo at Jersey and can attest to how strange but endearing these highly rare creatures are I love his account of his first meeting with one it bit his walking stick, combed his beard, and finally stuck its long E.T finger in his ear To allow such an astonishing and complex creature to become extinct was as unthinkable as burning a Rembrandt, turning the Sistine Chapel into a disco, or pulling down the Acropolis to make way for a Hilton Durrell seems a touch patronizing about the Malagasy, but his frustration with the futility of on paper wildlife regulations is understandable Though the aye aye and other species were protected, the locals either didn t know or didn t care and continued to kill them for food or because they were eating their coconuts He was struggling significantly with his health by the time of this trip, and mentions how tough the potholed roads were on his hips, but mostly turns his physical travails to humorous effect, like his intestinal issues on first arrival.Favorite passages Over the years I have found that certain hotels object to your keeping a baby warthog in your room, or fuss because you put snakes in the bath It is a short sighted policy which will not bring them custom, in my considered opinion One is reduced to the vulgar level of a smuggler, having, by subterfuge, to insert a creature into one s room without making the management privy to one s designs It is a hazardous business For example, a charming South American maid once narrowly missed having a cardiac arrest when she discovered that I was sharing my bed not with my wife or mistress which would have been acceptable but with a baby Giant anteater Malagasy is a fine, rackity clackity, ringing language which sounds not unlike someone carelessly emptying a barrel of glass marbles down a stone staircase.


  2. says:

    The Aye Aye and I, first published in 1992, is Gerald Durrell s account of his last major animal collecting expedition, a trip to Madagascar in 1990 This is a Durrell different in some ways from the Durrell of earlier books If you ve read his adventures in The Bafut Beagles, The Drunken Forest, The Whispering Land and so on, you re probably familiar with a Gerry who shins up trees, goes on long treks searching for elusive animals, and has some of the most bizarre and hair raising experiences one could hope or not hope for This is an older Durrell he was to die just 5 years later, in 1995 , his hips ruined by arthritis and replaced with steel, his adventures confined to letting others do much of the climbing and hunting and venturing into the unknown Yet, this is a Durrell who is, despite his frailties, still Durrell, with a brilliant sense of humour and an unparalleled enthusiasm and love for animals including the human variety The Aye Aye and I is a fine example of the quintessential Durrell book brimming with delightful descriptions of everything from the inappropriately named gentle lemurs , to the local village school children and their reactions to a first time viewing of a TV from an account of a rather painful encounter while bathing on a thunder box with a trio of ducks, to the many people, local Malagasy and vazaha foreigners who race and gallop, flit and tread through this book An absolute delight, and highly recommended for any Durrell fan.


  3. says:

    The Aye Aye and I When I first picked this book up in the library I thought that it was a fiction book It wasn t until I got home that I realised it was a sort of travel book come conservation story The book follows Gerald Durrell, his wife and team from the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust The book combines facts about Madagascar, a country which is under threat from slash and burn agriculture destroying animals habitat The book follows the team as they search for a number of different animals This was a really good book, well written with good anecdotes from the expeditions.


  4. says:

    Zbo ujem Durrella Jeho humor, schopnos op sa veci, vedomosti o zvierat ch a zap lenie pre ich z chranu a s ou s visiace nutn poznanie to d va dohromady ve mi itate n oddychovky s hlb m podt nom Aye aye je o v prave na Madagaskar, kde v z ujme z chrany nieko k ch druhov pri la Durrellova v prava, aby do svojej zoo na Jersey odniesli nieko ko exempl rov vz cnych lemurov ed ch, korytna iek kapidolo, sk kaj cich kre kov a napokon i p r aye aye, zvl tnych tvorov, ktor Durrella neprestali prekvapova Cel je to p san typick m durrellovsk m t lom, zmes humoru a ir nie doplnen ast m o nezvy ajn situ cieA napokon s v dy pr tomn m odkazom pre itate ov Tak, ekl Carl a podal mi pon kud smutn vypadaj c mrtvou my , kterou vyt hl z kapsy Jdi si t mhle stoupnout a dr tu my zvednutou do v ky a j je p ivol m Stoupl jsem si na strni t a poslu n my zvedl p ipadaje si jako morbidn a korpulentn socha Svobody Carl za al opakovan volat k a dob e p itom uplatnil sopr nov rejst k sv ho hlasu To trvalo n jak as, a m za ala bolet ruka U let zvolal najednou Carl.Uc til jsem nepatrn z van rozru en ho vzduchu, jako mrknut oka se kmitlo hn d t lo, zalesklo oko, pa ty se docela lehce dotkly m ch prst , kdy mi mal dravec obratn vzal my z ruky a odlet l s n Byl to asn z itek, kdy se tento pt k, z jeho druhu zbyli v p rod u jen ty i jedinci a kter byl nyn s pomoc um l ho chovu na najelp cest k z chran , snesl z nebe jako ipka a vzal si my z m ch prst Z Carlova irok ho sm vu a z c ch o jsem vy etl, e je s sp n mi v sledky sv tvrd pr ce spokojen pr v jako j Druh den jsme odlet li do Lond na, ale kdy jsme rachotili vp ed v obrovsk m letadle, st le jsem je t c til jemn dr pnut po tol ch pa tk na kotn c ch prst jako pohlazen.


  5. says:

    An excellent read from a forward thinking conservationist who did a huge amount to help the animals and therefore also the people of Madagascar, amongst other places.Durrell is certainly a great storyteller, and the book doesn t disappoint for laughs, anecdotes, and insights into what pioneering conservation zoology was like.There are certainly parts and phrases which as an enlightened millennial will make you wince descriptions of locals for example, or his obsession with the figure of just about every woman he encounters While not much of an excuse, it was written 40 years ago now, and the creepiness casual racism comes off as benign.


  6. says:

    The last book Durrell published during his life about his trips to collect strange animals and save them from extinction Animalists who complain about zoos should read books like these before they show their ignorance In this book I did not like Durrell s insistence on informing us in detail about his medical problems during the trip, specially those which had to do with relieving his vowels.


  7. says:

    Empec a leerlo sin conocer nada sobre el autor ni la tem tica y me sorprendi gratamente El sentido del humor y la narrativa hacen que te introduzcas en un mundo desconocido, como es la zoolog a, de una forma sencilla, clara y amena.


  8. says:

    Libro interessante e a tratti spassoso per rispetto agli altri libri di Durrell che ho letto molto pi specifico un misto tra un saggio e un diario di viaggio Mi venuta ovviamente voglia di andare in Madagascar a farmi ispezionare un orecchio da un Aye Aye, simpatico e misterioso lemure dal dito oblungo, la cui vita da salvaguardare.


  9. says:

    I came to this book ignorant to the stellar reputation of author Gerald Durrell and his equally stellar rescue efforts for endangered species across the world All I cared about was learning about the elusive and, according to some, mystical lemuroid known as the Aye Aye The Creature with the Magic Finger.In this, the late Gerald Durrell chronicled his departure from Jersey in order to investigate Madagascar for not only the mythical Aye Aye, but also mouse lemurs of Lac Alaotra, the Fosa, golden brown river snakes and flat tailed tortoises The problem I had with the book that knocked the book down to three wasn t an issue with the author s penchant for verbose language that sometimes veers into the hazardous territory of becoming bloviating He was English, after all, and at least he was fortunate enough to suffer a vast vocabulary No, my only significant trial with the book was waiting for the damned Aye Aye to show up, not at all unlike Gerald and his traveling band of biologists, zoologists and hunters.Want to hazard a guess as to how long it takes for the Aye Aye to finally take center stage If you guessed one hundred and thirty pages, you d be correct This is a problem considering the book, at least in paperback, is a mere one hundred and sixty seven pages So, it s one of those tales that s about the journey than the destination I did feel that Durrell could have truncated some of his experiences in the villages and areas of Antanambaobe and Tamatave in order to establish a clearer path to the animal whose namesake graces the front cover.Still, this is not a story for the express sake of telling a story There is much wisdom in these pages that were meant as a call to arms to do something about the beautiful animals being ravaged and disappearing due to deforestation and illegal poaching Durrell made animals his life s work He was lucky enough to be able to write about that work Bless him wherever the next journey carried him.