My Family and Other Animals Setting & Symbolism

Gerald Durrell
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England

Gerald's family has lived in England for six years and has recently moved onto the Continent when Larry, Mrs. Durrell's eldest child, insists the family must leave the country. It is the month of August, and England is cursing the Durrell family with her usual weather of dark rain. England's weather causes each member to suffer a curious physical ailment. Larry, who sits morosely at the window, is only affected emotionally. He glares out at the weather at length before finally asking any and everyone why they continue to deal with the horrible climate. When Gerald's family returns to England five years later, it is under a cloud of depression that begins to settle in as soon as their ship sets sail.

Corfu

George writes letters to Larry extolling the beauty of Corfu. Larry is convinced the Greek island should be the family's new home. As their...

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