Books: The Fon's Fauna

A ZOO IN MY LUGGAGE (198 pp)—Gerald Durrell—Viking ($3.95).

Gerald Durrell once awakened in pain to find a squirrel assiduously stuffing a peanut in his ear. He has crawled into a cave to lasso a python. At various times, chimpanzees have commandeered his bed and bath, mongooses have suckled maternally under his shirt, and baby rodents have waited impatiently for him to tuck the 3 a.m. hot-water bottle under their tiny feet. Animals come close to being Durrell's best friends, and as the zoologist brother of Novelist Lawrence (The Alexandria Quartet) Durrell, he writes about them with style, verve and humor.

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