The Whispering Land - Gerald DurrellRupert Hart-Davis, 1961, Hardback in Dustwrapper..
Condition: Good — in Poor Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the spine ends and corners with commensurate ruffling to the dustwrapper, loss and tears to the corners of the dust wrapper. Text complete, clean and tight.
From the cover: “No one but Gerald Durrell could wake up under a Land-Rover in a cold Patagonian dawn and watch a family of foxes performing a Chinese ballet with a roll of lavatory paper, and no one else could describe their grace and absurdity so vividly. He had gone to that windswept and beautiful land to film penguins who had camped themselves on an arena by the shore where the sand was dotted with relics of an extinct race of Indians, and to watch the placid amours of the fur seals and the gross indolence of the elephant seals, and his description of these creatures is as lively and evocative as any film. Besides meeting guanacos and rheas on the pampas he was also out to collect what animals he could from a tropical paradise in the opposite end of Argentina with the delicious name of Jujuy. A wealth of macaws, parrots (one of them with a treacherous flow of abuse) seriemas and other birds keep him busy and the reader entertained and amused, and so does his ingenuity in dealing with such diverse mammals as a half-starved ocelot and a peccary with pneumonia, to say nothing of his crazy and unsuccessful attempt to catch a vampire bat using his own frozen toe as bait.”
Illustrator: Ralph Thompson
Size: 8¾" x 5¾"
Number of Pages: 235
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