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The Aye-aye and I

(1992)
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"In the gloom it came along the branches towards me - its round, hypnotic eyes blazing; its spoon-like ears turning to and fro independently like radar dishes; its white whiskers touching and moving like sensors; the thin, attenuated fingers on its black hands tapping delicately on the branches as it moved along, like those of a pianist playing a complicated piece by Chopin." Thus does Gerald Durrell - scientist, conservationist, and humorist par excellence - describes his first encounter with the legendary Aye-aye, the beast with the magic finger that still lurks, though in fast dwindling numbers, in the forests of Madagascar. Once thought to be extinct, the Aye-aye, one of the world's strangest creatures, is now found only in small, isolated colonies. Durrell's mission to Madagascar was to try and capture some, bring them back to his world-famous zoo on the island of Jersey, and breed them. Although on a serious scientific expedition, Gerald Durrell has a unique vision and inimitable sense of humor that make his observations and comments wondrously funny no matter how difficult or trying the circumstances. Nothing escapes his sharp eye, whether he is describing the great zoma market, the village dances, the dangerous bridges and river crossings, the strange foods and stranger magic, or the vagaries of local officialdom. As in all of Durrell's best writings, it is the animals who are the stars: here, in addition to the Aye-aye itself, the reader will delight in the author's depiction of the cat-like Fosa, the Flat-tailed tortoise, the Gentle lemurs of Lake Aloatra, and the Malagasy chameleon (which, according to Durrell, "looks as if he gets his clothes from a colour-blind Parisian designer"). "It is impossible," noted the San Francisco Chronicle, "for Gerald Durrell to write anything that is less exuberant, eccentric, and amusing." In his account of this wildlife "rescue mission," Durrell is, very simply, at his superb best.

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Hardback Editions

April 1994 : UK Hardback
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Title: Aye-aye and I: Rescue Expedition in Madagascar (Windsor Selections)
Author(s): Gerald Durrell
ISBN: 0-7451-7665-8 / 978-0-7451-7665-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Large print (Chivers, Windsor, Paragon & C
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April 1994 : USA Hardback

Title: The Aye-Aye and I
Author(s): Gerald Durrell
ISBN: 0-7927-1972-7 / 978-0-7927-1972-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: John Curley & Assoc
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February 1993 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Aye-Aye and I
Author(s): Gerald Durrell
ISBN: 1-55970-204-4 / 978-1-55970-204-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Arcade Publishing
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October 1992 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Aye-Aye and I: Rescue Expedition in Madagascar
Author(s): Gerald Durrell
ISBN: 0-00-223809-8 / 978-0-00-223809-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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Paperback Editions

September 2012 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Aye-aye and I
Author(s): Gerald Durrell
ISBN: 0-670-92068-1 / 978-0-670-92068-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Viking
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2009 : Paperback
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Title: The Aye-Aye And I
Author(s): Durrell Gerald
ISBN: 9380032404 / 978-9380032405
Publisher: Westland
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January 2008 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Aye-aye and I: A Rescue Mission in Madagascar (Revival)
Author(s): Gerald Durrell
ISBN: 1-84024-631-6 / 978-1-84024-631-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Summersdale
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April 2003 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Aye-aye and I
Author(s): Gerald Durrell
ISBN: 0-7551-1178-8 / 978-0-7551-1178-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: House of Stratus
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July 1994 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Aye-Aye and I: A Rescue Journey to Save One of the World's Most Intriguing Creatures from Extinction
Author(s): Gerald Durrell
ISBN: 0-671-88439-5 / 978-0-671-88439-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Touchstone
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January 1995 : UK Paperback
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Title: Aye-aye and I: Rescue Expedition in Madagascar (Paragon Softcover Large Print Books)
Author(s): Gerald Durrell
ISBN: 0-7451-3551-X / 978-0-7451-3551-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Large print (Chivers, Windsor, Paragon & C
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June 1994 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Aye-Aye and I: A Rescue Expedition in Madagascar (Curley Large Print Books)
Author(s): Gerald Durrell
ISBN: 0-7927-1825-9 / 978-0-7927-1825-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Chivers North Amer
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January 1994 : USA Paperback

Title: The Aye-Aye and I: A Rescue Expedition in Madagascar
Author(s): Gerald Durrell
ISBN: 0-7927-1971-9 / 978-0-7927-1971-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Chivers North America
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September 1993 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Aye-Aye and I: Rescue Expedition in Madagascar
Author(s): Gerald Durrell
ISBN: 0-00-647326-1 / 978-0-00-647326-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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Audio Editions

November 2011 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Aye-Aye and I
Author(s): Gerald Durrell
Publisher: AudioGO Ltd
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April 1994 : UK Audio Cassette
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Title: The Aye-aye and I: Complete & Unabridged
Author(s): Gerald Durrell
ISBN: 0-7451-4280-X / 978-0-7451-4280-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Audio Books
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Kindle Editions

December 2016 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: The Aye-Aye and I
Author(s): Gerald Durrell
Publisher: Open Road Media
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September 2012 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Aye-Aye and I
Author(s): Gerald Durrell
Publisher: Penguin
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