My Family and Other Animals Characters

Gerald Durrell
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Gerald Durrell

Author and narrator of the story, Gerald Durrell is ten-years-old at the time of his family's move to the Corfu. Gerald is the youngest of his siblings by many years. This disparity in age and the lack of formal education on the island gives Gerald a freedom many children do not enjoy. Gerald dedicates his free time to learning about the natural history of Corfu. Until he is gifted a microscope by Dr. Stephanides, Gerald spends much of his time nose-to-nose with the insect world. Gerald acquires a range of different pets while on the island. Like his family, Gerald's pets have distinct personality traits and idiosyncrasies. Gerald is either allowed freedom or simply forgotten until his insects or animals cause some type of chaos. It is at these times Mrs. Durrell realizes her youngest son is in need of education and structure.

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