The Overloaded Ark, Paperback Book

The Overloaded Ark Paperback

Part of the FF Classics series

3.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


This language series is suitable for those learning German for leisure, business purposes or working towards a curriculum qualification.

Specially designed for adults of all ages, it should give students a thorough grounding in all the skills required to understand, speak, read and write contemporary German from scratch.

The coursebook consists of 10 units covering different topic areas, each including language focus panels explaining the structures covered.

A comprehensive glossary, learning tips, assessment checklists and references to web-based activities are also included.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256 pages, b&w line illustrations
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber
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  • Category: Biography: general
  • ISBN: 9780571209330



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Naturalist and author Gerald Durrell writes in an open, friendly manner while still managing to impart a lot of information and his first book, The Overloaded Ark, is a fine example of the style and humor that were to become his trademarks in all his later works. This is the story of his first animal collecting expedition as he travels to British Cameroon in 1947 with ornithologist John Yealland. Their primary goal was in the collecting of birds, reptiles and small mammals that were shipped back to various zoos in Britain. Although well able to see the funny side of his interactions with both the natives as well as the animals that he came into contact with, I couldn’t help but miss the laugh-out-loud humor that is to be found in his Corfu Trilogy. The difference is his exuberance and delight in poking fun at his family members that was such a big part of the trilogy.The Overloaded Ark is a delightful, yet somewhat dated read. What does remain fresh is Durrell’s obvious love of nature and his winsome manner in passing these stories on to his readers.

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