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Marrying Off Mother

(1991)
A collection of stories by

 
Publisher's Weekly
Eight droll stories--linked only in that they may or may not have happened to Durrell--told with the cleverness and wit of an accomplished after-dinner raconteur.

Library Journal
In these eight stories, which feature the author himself, naturalist Durrell contrasts human and animal behavior. The entire collection is prefaced by an epigram from Ambrose Bierce's Devil's Dictionary : ''Bride--a woman with a fine prospect of happiness behind her.'' The reader soon finds the same prospect, for the epigram's minimal relevance indicates the problem: Durrell does not seem to know when he has made his point. The title story shows how the author's widowed mother cleverly stops her meddlesome children from trying to get her remarried. ''Retirement'' aims for profundity with the sudden death of a retiring sea captain but becomes silly. ''The Jury,'' about a hangman in Paraguay haunted by his victims, has potential but grows tired and predictable. There are many wonderfully descriptive passages and images, but they ramble. A valiant effort drowned by purple prose. Not recommended.--Kenneth Mintz, Hoboken P.L., N.J.

 
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Hardback Editions

December 1993 : UK Hardback
Title: Marrying Off Mother and Other Stories (Windsor Selections)
Author(s): Gerald Durrell
ISBN: 0-7451-7615-1 / 978-0-7451-7615-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Large print (Chivers, Windsor, Paragon & C
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April 1992 : USA Hardback
Title: Marrying Off Mother and Other Stories
Author(s): Gerald Durrell
ISBN: 1-55970-180-3 / 978-1-55970-180-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Arcade Pub
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July 1991 : UK Hardback
Title: Marrying Off Mother and Other Stories
Author(s): Gerald Durrell
ISBN: 0-00-223808-X / 978-0-00-223808-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
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Paperback Editions

June 2016 : UK Paperback
Title: Marrying Off Mother and Other Stories (Pan Heritage Classics)
Author(s): Gerald Durrell
ISBN: 1-5098-2934-2 / 978-1-5098-2934-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Pan
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July 2014 : USA Paperback
Title: Marrying Off Mother: And Other Stories
Author(s): Gerald Durrell
ISBN: 1-61145-865-X / 978-1-61145-865-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Arcade Publishing
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January 2012 : UK Paperback
Title: Marrying Off Mother and Other Stories (Bello)
Author(s): Gerald Malcolm Durrell, Gerald Durrell
ISBN: 1-4472-1454-4 / 978-1-4472-1454-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bello
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April 2005 : USA Paperback
Title: Marrying Off Mother and Other Stories
Author(s): Gerald Malcolm Durrell
ISBN: 1-61145-067-5 / 978-1-61145-067-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Arcade
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August 1994 : UK Paperback
Title: Marrying Off Mother and Other Stories (Paragon Softcover Large Print Books)
Author(s): Gerald Durrell
ISBN: 0-7451-3501-3 / 978-0-7451-3501-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Large print (Chivers, Windsor, Paragon & C
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May 1993 : USA Paperback
Title: Marrying Off Mother: And Other Stories
Author(s): Gerald Durrell
ISBN: 1-55970-213-3 / 978-1-55970-213-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Arcade Publishing
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January 1992 : UK Paperback
Title: Marrying Off Mother
Author(s): Gerald Durrell
ISBN: 0-00-637816-1 / 978-0-00-637816-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fontana Press
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Audio Editions

March 1993 : UK Audio Cassette
Title: Marrying Off Mother and Other Stories: Complete & Unabridged
Author(s): Gerald Durrell
ISBN: 0-7451-4123-4 / 978-0-7451-4123-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Audio Books
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Kindle Editions

February 2012 : UK Kindle edition
Title: Marrying Off Mother and Other Stories (Pan Heritage Classics Book 7)
Author(s): Gerald Durrell
Publisher: Pan
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