Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Esmerelda from "Marrying Off Mother"

I've always had a soft spot for Gerald Durrell's stories: not only a splendid storyteller but a naturalist who helped invent the modern, superior animal enclosure method for zoos and freed them from concrete steel prisons in favor of little habitats separated by moats, AND preceded the concept of endangered species protection.   Oddly enough a large portion of my favorite stories are nothing to do with conservation, but simply amusing stories from his travels.

I highly recommend the short stories collection "Marrying Off Mother" to anyone wanting a quick read.

This is a passage form "Esmerelda", about how he encounters a much-treasured truffle pig in Perigord.