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The Lonely Sea: Collected Short Stories
Alistair MacLean
Her Benny
Silas K. Hocking
Vedere din Parfumerie
Silvia Kerim
Mysticism and Logic (Western Philosophy)
Bertrand Russell
The Analects of Confucious
Confucius
Pragmatism: A New Name for Some Old Ways of Thinking
William James
Does Anything Eat Wasps?: And 101 Other Unsettling, Witty Answers to Questions You Never Thought You Wanted to Ask
New Scientists Books Staff, New Scientist
Mutual Aid
Pyotr Kropotkin
City of Djinns: A Year in Delhi
Olivia Fraser, William Dalrymple
The Brothers Karamazov
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Birds, Beasts, and Relatives

Birds, Beasts, and Relatives - Gerald Durrell Mainly because his formerly more famous but less gifted brother Larry was such an idiot and asshole, I came perilously close to just throwing this particular book into a bin. That would have been a mistake, since it contains scenes and anecdotes to rival his first memoirs in Corfu, which I'd still put atop the world's greatest books.

Surely these books inspired a tourism craze in Corfu, possibly more than once. That's why it's so strange to infer that Gerald never settled in Corfu again, whereas someone like Patrick Leigh Fermor walked across Europe and the Balkans but settled in Greece.

It's telling that the only actual Greek on their picnics, etc. is their (paid?) handyman. Given that young Gerald describes going out of his way to hear peasant gossip (without relaying much), perhaps it was just brother Larry's prejudice.