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Title:
The Aye-Aye and I: A Rescue Mission in Madagascar
Author(s): Gerald Durrell
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher:  Lonely Planet
Publication date: July 12th 1994 (first published 1992)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0671884395
ISBN-13: 9780671884390
Book Summary
Here is the riveting tale of Gerald Durrell's adventures and misadventures in the enchanted forests of Madagascar, in search of the elusive Aye-aye. Once thought to be extinct, the Aye-aye, the beast with the magic finger, still lurks, though in fast dwindling numbers, in the forests of Madagascar. Durrell's mission to help save this strange creature turns into a madcap journey in which you will meet not only the enigmatic Aye-aye, but the catlike Fosa, the Flat-tailed tortoise, the Gentle lemurs of Lac Alaotra, and the Malagasy chameleons, among others. Truly nothing escapes Durrell's sharp eye, whether he is describing the great zoma (market), the village dances, the treacherous bridges and river crossings, the strange foods and stranger music, or the vagaries of local officialdom.

As the San Francisco Chronicle noted, "It is impossible for Gerald Durrell to write anything that is less than exuberant, eccentric, and amusing." And in his account of this "rescue mission," Durrell is, quite simply, at his superb best.

 

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Title:
Muddling through in Madagascar
Author(s):  Dervla Murphy
Paperback: 350 pages
Publisher: Overlook TP
Publication date: April 27th 1990 (first published 1985)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0879513608
ISBN-13: 9780879513603

Book Summary
Madagascar is neither here nor there: neither part of Africa, its nearest neighbour, nor part of Asia from whence the ancestorsof the Malagasy migrated, comparatively recently, in double outrigger canoes. Most of its flora and fauna is unique. So are the people, whose distinctive culture is as attractive and unexpected as the lemurs, didera, climate, terrain and methods of transport.

Dervla Murphy and her 14-year-old daughter Rachel landed at Antananarivo, the island's capital. After a week in 'Tana' they walked south to Antsirabe through the Ankaratra Mountains of Imerina, the scene of much English missionary activity in the 19th century. Sometimes they camped out, sometimes they were entertained by Merina villagers, whose hospitality is justly famed but not without eccentricity. Once they collapsed by the wayside at the end of a 28-mile marathon.

South from Antsirabe, by bush-taxi and truck, the Murphys discovered that in Madagascar motoring is much more gruelling than walking. The little town of Ranohira became their base for a lemur-centred trek through the freakish Isoala Massif, which compelled geologists to invent a word - 'ruiniforme'. Then an interlude among the Vezo fishermen of the west coast, followed by a hazardous and hilarious truck-journey of nearly 400 miles across the celebrated Spiny Desert - a botanical lunatic asylum. Around Fort Dauphin on the south-east coast they encountered the Antanosy tribe and, during their slow and painful journey north, they explored the territory of the Mahafaly and the Antandroy, desert tribes who survive where no one else could. A final trek through the rain-forest of the Betsimisaraka tribe ended with an unwelcomed surprise on the east coast, once the world headquarters of English pirates.

 

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Title:
Madagascar
Author(s): Frans Lanting, Gerald Durrell, Alison Jolly
Paperback: 143 pages
Publisher: Aperture
Publication date: December 1st 1990 (first published 1990)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0893814229
ISBN-13: 9780893814229

Book Summary
One of the world's leading photographers of wildlife and the natural environment reveals not only the astonishing beauty of this unique and diverse land, but also strikingly uncovers the wrenching conflicts between changing cultures and fragile eco-systems.

 

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Title: The Disappearing Jewel of Madagascar (Accidental Detectives)
Author(s): Sigmund Brouwer (Goodreads Author)
Paperback: 144 pages
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers 
Publication date:  June 1st 2002 (first published 1990)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0764225650
ISBN-13: 9780764225659

Book Summary
Ricky doesnbt want to believe the legend, but weird things are starting to happen. When he meets the Jewelbs owner, his actions may cost him not only the trust of his family and friends, but their lives...

 

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