What is the summary for Birds, Beasts, and Relatives?

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This book, the second in a trilogy, contains the boyhood reminiscences of Gerald Durrell, the youngest of the four Durrell children. Gerald, who would grow up to be a famous naturalist, lived on Corfu with his widowed mother and three older siblings after the death of his father. Lawrence Durrell, who would go on to be a famous novelist, did not actually live with the family (as portrayed in the book) but with his wife, Nancy, also on Corfu.

The book contains a series of humorous incidents with the Durrell family, including Gerald's brother Leslie, who enjoys shooting guns, and his sister, Margaret (called Margo), who sunbathes and burns herself to cure her acne. The family is helped in all things, including in finding their villa, by their local friend, Spiro. Gerald acquaints himself with the flora and fauna of the island accompanied by his dog, Roger, and...

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