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Rosy, the elephant bequeathed to young Adrian Rookwhistle by a reprobate relative, turned out to be a handful: not alone because of her size but also because of her fondness for strong drink. To Adrian she represented the chance to get away froma City shop and a suburban lodging by exploiting her theatrical talent and experience. To Rosy their progress towards the gayer SoRosy, the elephant bequeathed to young Adrian Rookwhistle by a reprobate relative, turned out to be a handful: not alone because of her size but also because of her fondness for strong drink. To Adrian she represented the chance to get away froma City shop and a suburban lodging by exploiting her theatrical talent and experience. To Rosy their progress towards the gayer South Coast resorts offered undreamed-of opportunities for drink and destruction. So the Monkspepper Hunt is driven to delirium and Lady Fenneltree's stately home reduced to a shambles. In due course the always efficient local constabulary caught up with the pair, whose ensuing trial was a like a triumph of the law and of the author's comic genius. The verdict was--but the story has to be read to be believed, if then. Even though the author does maintain that it is entirely credible, indeed that this, his first novel, is 'an almost true story'....

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ISBN : 9780006345534
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Number of Pages : 224 Pages
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Rosy Is My Relative Reviews

  • Joan
    2019-06-11 22:37

    This was laugh out loud hilarious! I've read it a number of times. The narrator inherits an elephant to his dismay. Rosy, the elephant, among other interesting traits, has a distinct fondness for alcohol, and had the response you'd expect to the drink. How do you deal with a drunkard elephant? Read this and find out!4/20/17 It is worth adding that the trial scene, even if likely 100+ years ago, seem as though they could still be possible today in many ways! The defense attorney's comments have a real bite to them.

  • Robin
    2019-06-22 05:35

    This is a charming story that the author clams is mostly true. A young Brit inherits an elephant (Rosy) from an uncle and he attempts to take her to the shore, where he's convinced there are any number of circuses that will take her off his hands. He gets into one scrape after another and finally is charged in court for (mainly her) misdeeds. This is a book you could read to your children or your grandmother. Mainly though I want to express my appreciation for the string of librarians who did NOT "withdraw" this book and toss it on the book sale table. It pains me that so many good books disappear when they haven't been checked out for a while. This book (which I requested from my local library) has an interesting history. Published in 1968, it was first at the Library of Congress. As it was a duplicate, it was sent on (in unknown order) to: Griffiss AFB in Rome NY (now closed), Sacred Heart College (Belmont NC), Ashford University (Clinton, Iowa), and Mount St. Clare College (Clinton Iowa) - from which I obtained it.

  • Mpreeti
    2019-05-29 03:49

    If ever you are down in the dumps and want to get away from it all, just pick up this instant pep_me-up book.f whether this is a true life story or fancied imagination just climb on the roguish Rosy and hold on tight as she trots here way into drunken shenanigans in this Laugh Riot. And if you think your drunk relative is funny then read Rosy for size. Alert: have a wad and more of tissues on you coz Rosy will have you wailing with laughter.

  • Avinash
    2019-06-05 02:28

    I wrote my review when the rest of my family was commenting on this book, but goodreads decided not to save it, so im writing it again.My bestest memories of this book are not of reading it upside down on my bed and dying of laughter. they are of having choice portions of the book read out to me by ambica.i dont know if she remembers, but i really really looked forward to the book reading sessions (which also included wodehouse), and died much more pleasurable deaths during them.

  • Nicholas Jasper
    2019-06-08 01:42

    The author claims that the events in this book happened are pretty close to what actually happened. I have read his book aloud to others more than I have read it to myself. This is one of the most fun book to read that I have ever found. Only Dickens came up with more strange and fascinating characters and he took a dozen books and 10,000 pages to do it.

  • Rishi Prakash
    2019-06-05 00:28

    Gerald is at his best again. This is another memorable book which made me think how much fun it will be to have an elephant as a pet! Imagine what will happen if we get an elephant in inheritance! This is how this book starts and builds with every page. The story is filled with memorable moments( funny as well as touching) and memorable characters( unique in every which way). Certainly there is no shortage of adventure around as the story progresses! No lack of laughs, either - this is one of those books which you have to avoid reading in public unless you want to make a spectacle of yourself howling with laughter with people around you! And do keep in mind that the risk of trying for an elephant as a Pet is real high after you read it!!

  • Alma
    2019-06-11 05:41

    This is a very funny little book published in 1968 about the adventures of a shy young Englishman who inherits an elephant with a taste for liquor. It was probably written for about 6th to 8th graders, but I found it delightful, too. This is a plug for visiting your local library. I picked up this book from the discard/sale shelves because it had a cute picture on the cover (my copy was a published-in-the-UK version). What a pleasant surprise!

  • Lorelei
    2019-06-11 23:45

    A fun romp. Adrian inherits an elephant, but what is he to do with an elephant in his rooms in the city? He decides to walk his elephant to the coast, where he hopes he can sell her to a circus. Hijinks, hilarity and romance ensue. I particularly enjoyed the last part with his lawyer and in the courtroom.

  • Veronika
    2019-06-13 03:28

    Příběh plný báječného, originálního a nenásilného humoru. Ostatně stejně jako ostatní Durrellovo dílo.Doufám že jednou také zdědím slona. :)

  • June
    2019-05-31 22:22

    Adrian inherits his Uncle's Elephant, with resulting adventures. Had me laughing out loud.

  • Denise Cowling
    2019-06-10 22:50

    Enjoyed this book a lot. Made me laugh so much.

  • Robert
    2019-06-21 03:39

    Durrell's first novel is not too bad. A man inherits an elephant and they go on a road trip. At times it is sweet sometimes it drags a bit but it is ok.

  • Elizabeth Asha
    2019-06-01 04:46

    The best book that I read as a child

  • Trounin
    2019-06-05 22:41

    Любая хорошая история должна быть изложена на бумаге. И любая плохая история должна быть изложена тоже. Потребуется опытный писатель, для которого слово «нарратив» не является пустым звуком. Тогда повествование заиграет яркими красками, поскольку ложка правды дополняется бочкой вымысла. Изменению подвергнется суть всей истории, ведь читателю требуется прежде развлечение, а уже после пища для размышлений. Поэтому стоит начать с чего-нибудь привлекающего внимание: например, со слонихи — любительницы пропустить кружечку пива. А после дополнить путешествием куда-нибудь, чтобы было увлекательно. И только потом открыть читателю реальную сторону действительности, согласно которой окажется, что животное-уничтожитель не может быть отрицательным персонажем.(c) Trounin

  • Bodwisebooks
    2019-06-11 22:29

    Fantastic, one of my favourite books, often I return to this book to re-read, as I find it very funny! A brilliant story and full of humour and a book that you read but can see the characters in your head while reading. It is a pity that Gerald Durrell didn't get to write more novels, but he did write many stories of his adventures while collecting animals from around the world. Of which I have many of them, and they all have his sense of humour. Brilliant!

  • Barbara
    2019-06-06 22:47

    What other fantastical adventures might Adrian have with his elephant Rosy? None, as they have certainly all been covered. Combine an elephant with alcohol and mayhem is certain to ensue. The bonus to reading such an old-fashioned book is the peek into previous cultural norms.

  • Joanne
    2019-05-30 02:35

    Very fun light readDelightful story - funny and diverting. Extremely refreshing (no sex, murders, vampires or swearing...) and well-written. Highly recommend. A very colorful tale...

  • Louis
    2019-06-09 01:49

    Unlike the other books I have read from Gerald Durrell this is an amusing novel, which I enjoyed very much as a teenager. It is about a boy travelling with his elephant and the trouble Rosie (the elephant) gets them into.

  • Glen J
    2019-06-20 02:40

    Whale.....we elephant of a taleOnce again we are treated to the wonderful world of Mr Durrell. A host of characters and a small zoo will bring smiles and laughter. Rosy is the lovable heroine and one imagines Adrian as Gerald Durrell...enjoy!

  • Nora
    2019-06-16 22:49

    I read this in one day. This utterly charming humerous romp by the great naturalist, Gerald Durrell, is a happy discovery. It celebrates a magnificent creature and the beauty of human eccentricities.

  • Beverly Hollandbeck
    2019-06-06 01:44

    Look for the title of this book in the dictionary under whimsical. A young man and his alcoholic elephant--where else would they end up but the courtroom. You will chuckle all the way through. This would make a great comedy movie.

  • Rosemary Wood
    2019-05-30 23:50

    Rosy is My Relative is an easy delightful read. A jolly story.

  • Lynn Dredge
    2019-06-27 03:38

    Absolutely enjoyed this enchanting book. Beautifully written, full of humour and well worth reading.

  • Ashley
    2019-06-15 23:22

    This book cracked me up multiple times, and was exactly what I would hope for from a book about an elephant wreaking havoc on the English countryside.

  • Kerry
    2019-06-26 23:23

    I have put this book aside, I don't know why but I just wasn't enjoying the story. It was dragging for me, so I can't waste time reading a book I don't care for. Maybe some day I'll return to it.

  • Sue
    2019-06-19 02:52

    Such an amusing story - difficult to believe it's mostly true! A 'feel good' read.

  • Vicky
    2019-06-07 00:49

    I love Durrell!

  • William Leight
    2019-06-27 02:30

    “Rosy is My Relative” proves that there is a considerable difference between being a funny writer and funny novelist. Durrell is undoubtedly very funny, but he is at his best as a teller of anecdotes. Which is hardly a bad thing: if you can assemble enough funny stories, tell them in a sufficiently funny manner, and come up with some sort of connective tissue that leads the reader from one incident to the next without letting him or her get bored in between, you can have a very funny book indeed. The canonical example here is of course “Three Men in a Boat”, but Durrell’s “My Family and Other Animals” and “Birds Beasts and Relatives” are undoubtedly strong contenders in this category. However, these books, though they have many merits and are some of my personal favorites, are not novels. A novel is more than just a string of incidents: it needs things like plot and character development, and in “Rosy is My Relative” Durrell shows that he had not yet mastered these elements. The plot is pretty minimal, mostly consisting of our hero, Adrian, first deciding that he doesn’t want the elephant his uncle left him in his will, and then, after traveling around the South of England with her trying to find somebody to take her off his hands, changing his mind. There’s also a romantic subplot which is so perfunctory and unpersuasive that the book would almost certainly have been better off without it. When you compare this to something like Wodehouse (not even necessarily peak Wodehouse), where at least three or four plots are constantly whizzing along, driving the action rather than just floating alongside of it, you can see how far Durrell still has to go as a novelist. Durrell’s attempts at plot are also undermined by his difficulty with characters. His strength is in writing “types”: thus, in this book we have the innkeeper who’s always telling people about his past lives, the perpetually confused Judge Turvey (known as “Topsy”), the bombastic defense lawyer, the fluffy-headed lord, etc. However, the characters who need to have a little more depth to help the plot make sense, primarily Adrian and his love interest Samantha, are lacking. We barely get to know Samantha at all, and Adrian is not much better: in fact, in a way he’s worse, as Durrell sets him up as rather hapless and querulous at the start, but isn’t quite able to make him as sympathetic as he needs to be by the end of the book. The exception is, of course, Rosy the elephant, who is the real hero of the book and has the reader’s entire sympathy from beginning to end. Still, if Durrell fails to come up to the mark as a novelist, he’s as funny as ever: the scenes of Rosy innocently wreaking havoc are hilarious and Adrian’s trial is also very well done. The classic Durrell combination of funny stories and animals still works, it’s just that the attempt to move it to a novel format is not entirely successful.

  • Marylou
    2019-06-23 06:51

    Very fun bookI loved this book. Rosy is quite a character in her own right and the story of their misadventures is very entertaining.

  • Chrisl
    2019-05-30 06:42

    When seeing "The Rosie Project," I'm reminded of the humorous Durrell story, and wonder if a re-read would reinforce my smiling memory ..."KIRKUS REVIEWWhat's slightly over a ton drip dry and has a ponderous pachydermian predilection for booze? Rosy of course, the funniest elephant joke one relative ever passed on to another. It all started back in 1900 when thirty-year-old and slightly musty Adrian Rookwhistle inherits Rosy from his last remaining relative. Uncle Amos. Rosy is an ex-circus alcoholic of endearing disposition but she somehow just doesn't fit into Adrian's city apartment or plans. So they set off to find her a more suitable establishment. En route we find Rosy breaking up a fox hunt; drunkenly sliding full tilt across a waxed ballroom floor and into the piece de resistance at the banquet table, nearly bringing down the house as an encore; running in place on a revolving stage and knocking Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves into fifty different places, and starring as heroine in a trial that finally proves that Rosy is a good person to know. An ""almost true"" tale that Mr. Durrell has lovingly embellished and you'll almost wish that you had a Rosy in your family too.