By Gerald Malcolm Durrell
Gerald Durrell, director and proprietor of Jersey Zoo, was once the world over well-known for his a laugh books approximately amassing wild animals, particularly My family members and different Animals. however the Overloaded Ark, his first, is still his funniest e-book. It describes an day trip to the distant territory of the Cameroons in West Africa, prior to independence. "A pleasant book...You can believe his bush-shirt sticking to his back...Bagging a computer screen, smoking out a Pangolin (scaly anteater), celebrating the catch of the infrequent Angwantibo (small lemur), fowl liming for big Kingfishers at the hot, milky waters of Lake Soden: he communicates each element of his reports with simply definitely the right measure of zest." (New Statesman).
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The writer handles English prose with an identical firmness and restraint that he used to dispense in the direction of the pangolins and lemuroids that fell to his snares and huntsmen within the Cameroons. How seldom it's that books of this type are written by means of those that can write! . . . a certainly a laugh author. ” — Time and Tide “. . . I hail a contented booklet out of Africa . . . and one fun in its personal correct . . . i will be able to contemplate not more wholesomely escapist event than traveling for an all-too-brief spell in Mr Durrell’s overloaded ark. No ask yourself it's a publication Society selection. ” — day-by-day Telegraph “. . . He has a present either one of leisure and of description, and writes vividly and good. ” — the days conceal representation by way of Paxton Chadwick for a whole record of books on hand please write to Penguin Books whose handle are available at the again of the identify web page PENGUIN BOOKS 1228 THE OVERLOADED ARK GERALD DURRELL and so they went in unto Noah into the ark, and of all flesh, in which is the breath of existence. GENESIS VII, 15 GERALD M. DURRELL THE OVERLOADED ARK WITH ILLUSTRATIONS by way of Sabine Baur PENGUIN BOOKS IN organization WITH FABER AND FABER Penguin Books Ltd. , Harmondsworth, Middlesex AUSTRALIA: Penguin Books Pty Ltd, 762 Whitehorse highway. Mitcham, Victoria — First released by means of Faber and Faber 1953 released in Penguin Books 1957 Made and published in nice Britain by means of Purnell and Sons, Ltd. Paulton (Somerset) and London FOR JOHN YEALLAND In reminiscence of beginning and beasts and the meat that no healthy die CONTENTS A note upfront Prelude half ONE: ESHOBI 1. The woodland via Day 2. Smoke and Small red meat three. larger pork four. The wooded area through evening five. The Fossil that Bites 6. pork and the Bringers of pork 7. Drills, Dances and Drums half : BAKEBE & past eight. Snakes and Sunbirds nine. Arctocebus Ahoy! 10. N’da Ali eleven. The Ju-ju that labored 12. The existence and loss of life of Cholmondeley thirteen. The Village within the Lake 14. The Ark Departs Finale INDEX AUTHOR’S ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS either John Yealland and that i wish to thank the subsequent humans, who, whereas we have been within the Cameroons, helped and prompt us in lots of methods. Of the United Africa corporation: Mr Baker and Mr Milsome of Mamfe, and Mr Coon at Victoria, who handled the various difficulties of provides and shipping. The Elders and Fyffes representatives at either Victoria and Tiko who helped us to safe go back passages for ourselves and our animals, and the Captain and group of the send we travelled again on, who did their utmost to make our voyage effortless. To some of the District officials within the Cameroons who helped us in lots of methods, and specifically Mr Robins, District Officer for the Mamfe department, who did a lot to soft our problems for us. we're deeply indebted to the Reverend Paul Schibler and his spouse, of the Basle venture in Kumba, who probably did greater than somebody else in supporting us in our paintings after we stayed with them at Kumba. we'd additionally wish to thank all these Africans — own employees, hunters, publications, and vendors — with out whose paintings and support we should always have accomplished little or no.