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We Bought a Zoo ✯ [BOOKS] ⚣ We Bought a Zoo By Benjamin Mee ✼ – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk When Benjamin Mee decided to uproot his family and move them to an unlikely new home a dilapidated zoo where than exotic animals would be their new neighbors his friends and colleagues thought he was When Benjamin Mee decided to uproot his family and move them to an unlikely new home a dilapidated zoo where thanexotic animals would be their new neighbors his friends and colleagues thought he was crazy Mee s dream was to refurbish the zoo and run it as a family business The grand reopening was scheduled for spring, but there was much work to be done and none of it easy for the novice zookeepers Tigers broke loose, money was tight, the staff grew skeptical, and family tensions reached a boiling point Then tragedy struck Katherine, Ben s We Bought PDF \ wife, had a recurrence of a brain tumor, forcing Benjamin and his two young children to face the heartbreak of illness and the devastating loss of a wife and mother But inspired by the memory of Katherine and the healing power of the incredible family of animals they had grown to love Benjamin and his kids resolved to move forward, and today the zoo is a thriving success.

  • Paperback
  • 261 pages
  • We Bought a Zoo
  • Benjamin Mee
  • English
  • 02 December 2019
  • 1602861579

About the Author: Benjamin Mee

Benjamin Mee, a former bricklayer and decorator, returned to education in his early twenties in order to investigate animal intelligence Ben studied psychology at UCL and wrote his dissertation on dolphin intelligence, after which his first article appeared in the Independent, while he was a student on the MSc in Science Journalism at Imperial CollegeAs the world preferred articles on health and DIY, Ben subsequently made his living as a contributing editor to Men s Health magazine on the former subject, and as a Guardian columnist on the latter, until commissioned by Penguin to write a book We Bought PDF \ on the Evolution of Humour in Man and Animals It was whilst living in France and writing this book that the Dartmoor Zoological Park came up for sale Ben currently divides his time between running the busy zoo and raising his two children, Ella and Milo.



10 thoughts on “We Bought a Zoo

  1. Miranda Reads Miranda Reads says:

    The May Reading Vlog aka tier listing 30 books is up Now that you know where this one ranks, click the link to check out the rest The Written Review You know, sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage Just literally twenty seconds of just embarrassing bravery And I promise you, something great will come of it. Benjamin Mee and his familybought a zoo.Theyliterallyup and bought a zoo.And that zoo Whew It needed a LOT of work To put it mildly, i The May Reading Vlog aka tier listing 30 books is up Now that you know where this one ranks, click the link to check out the rest The Written Review You know, sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage Just literally twenty seconds of just embarrassing bravery And I promise you, something great will come of it. Benjamin Mee and his familybought a zoo.Theyliterallyup and bought a zoo.And that zoo Whew It needed a LOT of work To put it mildly, it was barely holding on financially and to its animals.But, where there s a will, there s a way And there was no way the Mee family was giving up So, I m seeing a surprisingly large amount of lower ratings for this book, and I kind of get why.If you saw the movie first, you would expect a heartwarming story all about love and loss, with a strong central story pulling it all together.Howeverthis book is not the movie The author has previously written DIY guides and this book somewhat reads like one of those It s certainly interesting to read about all the steps and hoops they jumped through in order to get a zoo back on its feet but it does feelhmma bit dry.There s a bit too much emphasis on the process and not enough on the emotion and character development.To be honest, I still enjoyed it but this is one of the those books where the movies made changes that I feel improved the overall experience of it

  2. K.D. Absolutely K.D. Absolutely says:

    My work in the office is to be in front of the computer for almost the whole day I m an information technology systems analyst guy assigned on North American projects so I rarely talk to anybody except during lunch time Due to this, I can don a headset and listen to a radio station 8 hours a day Since early this January, my favorite afternoon station, RJ 100.30 has been airing the teaser for the movie adaptation of this memoir We Bought a Zoo with one line that goes something likeYou donMy work in the office is to be in front of the computer for almost the whole day I m an information technology systems analyst guy assigned on North American projects so I rarely talk to anybody except during lunch time Due to this, I can don a headset and listen to a radio station 8 hours a day Since early this January, my favorite afternoon station, RJ 100.30 has been airing the teaser for the movie adaptation of this memoir We Bought a Zoo with one line that goes something likeYou don t need a lot of knowledge to run a zoo What you need is a lot of heartThe voice sounds sincere and the irony who would thought of buying a zoo and declare it as if what you bought was just a new set of plasma TV is just intriguing Then one evening, I saw a poster on top of a waiting shed along EDSA and when I saw Scarlett Johansson my well kept secret crush and Matt Damon who to my disappointment lost the lead role in the latest The Bourne movie that is currently shooting here in Manila , I said whoa this seems to be a fun movie Then the following day, I saw a copy of this book at NBS with exactly the same people on the poster along EDSA, so I bought it right away forgetting my new year s resolution of not buying books, especially brand new books because they are expensive and they derail my monthly budget But anyway, I resolved that I would not see the movie anyway so the cost of the book approximates the savings from not seeing the movie with my family.I liked the book particularly that fact that this was based on a true story It was hard for me to bring my own experiences that would have made this a memorable read My childhood experiences in zoos were not that really beautiful The Manila Zoo was the first zoo I visited, once when I was a small boy and I was so young I could not remember anything about it All I remember now was the stinking smell and the big scary elephant I also remember that I wanted to eat another ice cream but my mother would not allow me to have another cone My wife had a somewhat strange memory about her visit she fell on the pavement and all she remembered when I asked her was that she was crying endlessly because of the pain When my daughter was young, we bought her to the same zoo, Malabon Zoo and the ones in Tagaytay She also had the chance to visit Ocean Park in Hongkong , Singapore Zoo and Zoobic in Olongapo City and I know she enjoyed those It s always nice to give somethings to your children especially those that you were not able to have when you were young, right There is nothing really wrong about the writing Mee tried to capture everything that happened in an organized manner Not sure if he exerted effort to make the telling interesting but I just did not feel anything while reading Okay, he bought the zoo for his mother as he would like her to have something to excite her now becoming boring twilight years Okay, he was losing his wife, Katherine, to cancer and he probably thought that this would be a diversion of his grief Okay, his two kids were all excited to own the 200 animals in the zoo and their father seemed like a God sent hero to save those animals Sure Mee has all the heart, and I salute him It s just that the writing is a bit boring because it is so plain and predictable There are heartwarming scenes but from page 1, despite all the hurdles thrown by Mee in the air for me to believe otherwise, I knew that the ending would be happy that they would succeed in running the zoo.If you are interested on animals, however, I still recommend this book especially if you are planning to buy your own zoo Quite informative, I would say That radio teaser is still being played I just heard it while typing this review After reading this book though, I don t have any interest to see the movie

  3. Bionic Jean Bionic Jean says:

    This is the story of one man s dream, and how he achieved it But it is no fairy story, although there is a happy ending of sorts.Benjamin Mee is a journalist, with a talent for making what must have been a traumatic and nerve racking experience sound both entertaining and poignant This is his true account of how he bought a failing ramshackle zoo, with the aim of rescuing and re opening it to the public There are about two hundred animals now in his care, in the revamped Dartmoor Zoological P This is the story of one man s dream, and how he achieved it But it is no fairy story, although there is a happy ending of sorts.Benjamin Mee is a journalist, with a talent for making what must have been a traumatic and nerve racking experience sound both entertaining and poignant This is his true account of how he bought a failing ramshackle zoo, with the aim of rescuing and re opening it to the public There are about two hundred animals now in his care, in the revamped Dartmoor Zoological Park His favourites are perhaps a couple of Brazilian tapirs, but there s also Vlad, a Siberian tiger who loves trying to lick the author s hand through the fence, a bear called Fudge, with five inch claws which need regular trimming, not to mention a schizophrenic ostrich on Prozac These are some of the animals the reader will meet in the book but it has to be said that it takes a long time to meet them Also, there are very few chapters in the book, with only a very few breaks within these chapters The overall structure of the book could be improved for aaccessible read It has a few black and white photos, but again, this could be improved Why so few Or why include any at all It seems as though the publishers could not really decide whether or not it was a good idea to include them.Benjamin Mee does not pull any punches in his narrative It is an honest account, and at times he clearly kept going through sheer willpower, against overwhelming odds, and some might say against all common sense too He comes across as a true individual, someone who is equally at home with a pick axe, knocking down an old concrete structure especially if he could visualise the bank manager s face whilst he was doing it planning a new enclosure for his animals, or reading the latest scientific journals to ascertain the likelihood of whether the latest clinical trials to combat his wife s brain tumour would have any chance of success He has certainly had a chequered past with diverse experiences, and although this has clearly stood him in good stead in one sense, it has sometimes been a disadvantage in earning the respect of professionals of one type or another He is, however, disarming and modest, coming across as a bit of a bodger , with a talent for writing episodes with wry humour, often making them very entertaining Benjamin Mee started adult life as a bricklayer and decorator, whilst being interested in learning and writing about animal intelligence He went on to study psychology at University College, London and then later an MSc in Science Journalism He followed this path for a while, as an editor of a Health magazine and a Guardian columnist, but his overriding interest in animals surfaced, and at the start of the book we find him living with his wife and children in the South of France He was 46 when he decided to go freelance His wife, Katherine, had given up her job as an art director on a magazine and they had sold their flat in Primrose Hill, North London Mee juggled writing with renovating and converting their two barns there, and writing a book on the Evolution of Humour in Man and Animals His life seemed to have been relaxed and almost idyllic But In June 2004 Katherine was diagnosed with a grade four glioblastoma brain tumour She completed a course of chemotherapy but her doctors warned her and Benjamin that the tumour would return She did in fact have to undergo treatment for itthan once In the earlier part of the book the narrative veers off into diagnosis, possible treatments and trials, as Benjamin Mee uses his experience and knowledge to investigate every possible avenue of treatment for his wife Although it s a moving and absorbing narrative, if you were expecting an anecdotal romp featuring zoo animals, you might be rather taken aback by this part.As we read on, we realise that not only is the author quite unusual in his experience, but must be a very persuasive man For he was not only to plod on doggedly with fighting various doctors to find treatment for his wife, and to advise his mother, who was newly widowed, but also to incorporate and fight for what might be a once in a lifetime opportunity Benjamin Mee s sister Melissa, had come across an estate agent s brochure for Dartmoor Wildlife Park, which was for sale at the same asking price 1.2 million as their mother Amelia s home Knowing of Benjamin s lifelong fascination with animals, Melissa posted the brochure to him in France with a note,Your dream scenario .Instantly all his priorities changed Benjamin Mee set about persuading his 76 year old mother that it would be a good idea to downsize and sell the Surrey home in which he and his three brothers and sister had grown up It turned out to be quite easy For her 73rd birthday Amelia had spent a day as a big cat keeper, and she loved the idea of owning a zoo Benjamin Mee also persuaded his brother Duncan and their other siblings to come in with the plan They all agreed that the zoo would be a wonderful project for Amelia to be part of, and each put their 50,000 inheritance into the pot, agreeing to decide later who would move into the 12 bedroom house with Amelia It was slightlydifficult, however, to convince his wife Katherine Initially Katherine was resistant, as she had already given up a high profile magazine job in London, and agreed to sell their London flat to move to France so that Benjamin Mee could write a book They had been happily settled for two years, he was still writing the book and converting their two barns and now he had another mad idea to buy a zoo Eventually though, after he had stayed in England and pursued the sale for a few months, she agreed to leave their home in France, and move their young family back to England to live with his extended family.It was not plain sailing, however and the first half of the book does get rather bogged down in all the minutiae of difficulties of raising available funds to purchase the zoo, and be allowed a permit to develop it again Even the seller of the zoo had to be persuaded to part with his baby even though he had fallen foul of the authorities throughout the zoo s existence on several occasions He had followed his own eccentric ideas, which did not always conform to regulations For instance, even to this day, the zoo is not allowed to breed from the tiger, because the previous owner did not properly monitor the mating between his animals, and as a result most of the big cats are genetically related In addition, the zoo had fallen into such disrepair in later years that it was hazardous and dangerous for all concerned, not least the animals themselves Everyone concerned was beginning to lose heart There were six members of staff working at the zoo when Benjamim Mee took on the project All were unpaid and had been doing out of their own pockets.If the reader is expecting an anecdotal book on animals, with information about different species and animal behaviour to be gained along the way, then all the background information, and details about the family s life in France, and about how Benjamin Mee s family raised the money to finally buy the zoo, all seem a bit off the point There are dramas and stresses throughout, not only financial when bank after bank seemed to let them down, but also family rifts Incredibly, his brother Henry, who was the executor of his father s will, switched sides and mounted a legal challenge to stop the purchase An agreement was finally reached, but Henry withdrew his 50,000 investment, which the project could ill afford Even when all these problems were finally overcome, they needed money to keep all the animals fed and all the staff many of whom were new paid And before the zoo could be opened to the public, they had to going to the council office to make sure they had passed all the tests councils require The zoo s attempt to gain a licence was another hard battle to be fought The council had said that the zoo s rotten fence posts and faulty electric fences were not safe and the pathways had become unwalkable There was all the knowledge of the zoo s earlier reputation to contend with too, especially locally For a long time they had hard work, severe stresses and overheads without any income And at every new stage of development, a whole set of new problems would emerge.For instance, one afternoon in October 2006, four days after opening, Benjamin Mee was sitting in the kitchen, when his brother ran in shouting,A big cat has escaped This is not a drillA 150lb jaguar was on the loose An inexperienced keeper had not bolted the enclosure correctly and Sovereign, the leopard, had jumped into the neighbouring enclosure, intent on fighting Tammy, the Siberian tiger It looked as if one of Benjamin Mee s first tasks as a zoo director would have to be to decide which animal to shoot dead Fortunately Tammy s keeper managed to coax her back into her house and lock her inside Benjamin Mee and a couple of keepers stayed outside waiting for an anaesthetic dart gun to arrive from another zoo, and the next day Sovereign was sedated and returned to his enclosure The keeper was fired At this stage Benjamin Mee needed 60,000 visitors a year to break even But tasks such as dealing with a rat infestation at 9,000, finding 3,000 a week for utility bills, animal feed and staff wages, 500,000 to make urgent repairs before he would be allowed to let the paying public back in and so on, were clearly not the only kind of problems he was to face The jaguar s escape was the first time he realised there were always going to be lives at stake On another occasion before the zoo opened Parker, one of the wolves, escaped There was a frantic hunt involving armed police, and eventually Parker was caught in a quarry two miles away As well as this catalogue of disasters, there is a lot of medical information, disappointments and sadness We have known from the start that there is a tragic element to the story, and that Benjamin Mee s wife Katherine would be discovered to have a brain tumour She is present in the book in a background role well into the second half, when with great irony, after the massive project was finally completed, Katherine died Benjamin Mee was then not only a single father to two young children, Milo and Ella, but also responsible for a whole family of animals, plus the staff at the zoo The old handers and newly trained incoming keepers did not get on.When they eventually opened in July, it was the wettest for 100 years, and the following three summers were hardly any better Benjamin Mee needed 1,000 visitors a day, yet it was not unusual to get a mere four people For a long time he was still in financial straits His monthly bills were 47,000 for wages, amenities and food He was constantly worrying that the zoo simply wouldn t survive long enough for the projected film to come out.There was a T.V series about the zoo calledBen s Zoo , and this provided much needed funds In 2007 cameras showed an increasingly desperate Mee begging a bank manager for money, saying,The wolves are at the doorand, with his trademark humour, pausing to add,literallyThis book, We Bought a Zoo, was published in 2008 A year later 20th Century Fox bought the rights, and brought Cameron Crowe on board to direct a film starring Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson The film is very different It is relocated to California, America, and Benjamin s wife does not feature The story starts after she has died, when the character of Benjamin Mee is coming to terms with his new life as a widower and single father The film focusses initially on the spiky relationship between him and his brother In the film, the main character Benjamin has a job as a journalist, which in the turmoil of his grief he walks out of Other differences entail some of the keepers who are different characters, and there is a romantic element which is not present in the book Some of the animal episodes are there however, and the film is true to the heart of the book Throughout the book, despite its faults of construction and focus, the writer s talent shines through He is engaging, has both charm and determined optimism It make for quite an uplifting read, very honest, poignant and moving, quirkily humorous, yet revealing a genuine concern for both the individual animals, and the good of the species The authors s heroes are Gerald Durrell and David Attenborough, and the reader can see that he tries to put all their principles into practice, and also develop new knowledge and good practice in the field on his own account Dartmoor Zoological Park itself is still in its infancy It has homemade laminated signs, and the Mee house is right in the centre of the park, with no ropes or fences segregating it from the public Recently, however, the zoo has been given a pair of endangered white naped cranes, and also accepted onto a breeding programme, monitored by the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria Conservation is Benjamin Mee s passion Dartmoor Zoological Park has three Siberian tigers and in the wild there are now fewer than 40 Benjamin Mee has said,I don t particularly like looking at animals behind wire But, as a zoo director, I understand that it is absolutely essential that we keep them there We can build up a broad genetic population in zoos and then if we can work out a way to regain an area the size of Siberia, just for tigers, then we can re release them In addition to looking after Dilys,an alpaca with the brains of a rocking horse , the African lionlazybonesSolomon, and Gilly the dainty, elderly serval, Benjamin Mee clearly still has a dream to fulfil

  4. Sandie Sandie says:

    Recently saw this family friendly movie and enjoyed it If you have read Benjamin Mee s book WE BOUGHT A ZOO you may be disappointed at the hollywood spin Any similarity between the book and the movie basically ends with the title.In the book Mee s father died and HIS MOTHER bought the Dartmoor Zoo located in the UK not California using funds received from the sale of her home in Surrey Mee s wife Katherine was alive at the time of the purchase and moved to the zoo with their two children Recently saw this family friendly movie and enjoyed it If you have read Benjamin Mee s book WE BOUGHT A ZOO you may be disappointed at the hollywood spin Any similarity between the book and the movie basically ends with the title.In the book Mee s father died and HIS MOTHER bought the Dartmoor Zoo located in the UK not California using funds received from the sale of her home in Surrey Mee s wife Katherine was alive at the time of the purchase and moved to the zoo with their two children Milo age six hardly the trouble teen, Dylan, as portrayed in the movie and Ella age four a seven year old named Rosie in the movie His brother, portrayed in the movie by Thomas Hayden Church is not Mee s only sibling nor was he an unwilling participant in the venture, but a willing accomplice Also, the Benjamin Mee in the book does not come across as the devoted, loving husband and father but as a rather selfish I want what I want personality who willingly uproots his family again and again to pursue his dreams.Those are just a few of theglaring differences between book and true story movie These discrepancies do not detract from the movies overall appeal particularly if you have not read the book As I mentioned, the movie is as warm and gooey as a hot fudge sundae and provides a great viewing experience for the entire family Particularly enchanting is Maggie Elizabeth Jones who plays little Rosie She is truly a delight to watch as she attempts to assume the roll of woman of the house Another performance that tickled my funny bone was that of MacCready the volatile zoo carpenter as played by Angus Macfadyen a very talented and, in my opinion, underrated actor who has portrayed everyone from Robert the Bruce in Braveheart to Richard Burton and even did a turn as Sandra Bullocks fianc in Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood.While the book provides the reader with ain depth look at Mee, the man, and the intricate problems involved the running of a zoo, he comes across as not very likable The movie, on the other hand, give us a kinder, gentler Mee as we watch a heartbroken Matt Damon cope with the loss of his wife and attempts to raise two children while mastering a domain consisting of over 200 exotic animals For once, the movie outshines the book..or perhaps I was just in the mood for less reality andfantasy in my day

  5. Terri Terri says:

    Part of what I m writing is a review of the book, and part of it is a review of the reviews of the book First of all, a disclaimer I am primarily, by personal choice, a fiction reader, but I do know that one must bring different reading skills and expectations to a non fiction account than to a novel This book is exactly what it says, the story of a young British family living in France think of some of those House Hunters International episodes from HGTV The father is a writer of DIY arti Part of what I m writing is a review of the book, and part of it is a review of the reviews of the book First of all, a disclaimer I am primarily, by personal choice, a fiction reader, but I do know that one must bring different reading skills and expectations to a non fiction account than to a novel This book is exactly what it says, the story of a young British family living in France think of some of those House Hunters International episodes from HGTV The father is a writer of DIY articles who has a long standing project going of writing about animal behavior the mother has a rather varied background in commercial art and design The mother is diagnosed with a brain cancer which will be recurring In spite of this setback, they continue with their plans for a life in France on a remodeled country property After his father s death, the opportunity pops up for his family to buy a run down wildlife park in Devon on Dartmoor Terribly romantic setting, if you think about stories rather than the prison Difficulties ensue legal, financial, etc Finally get the property Trials and stories, some sad, some funny, some just factual, of gradually restoring the park and turning it into a conservation minded, financially stable business What the book is not It is not the movie, which has departed rather far from the original story in many instances It is not a how to book on financing a business or animal care Admittedly, one does pick up little tidbits here and there, such as if one needs to anesthetize a tiger, do not use a sedative designed for a horse It is also not a book in which you get the feeling that real life events have been altered to make themexciting This is a story about an extended family taking a risk and overcoming obstacles and a fairly frank evaluation of what tangible and intangible benefits they have gained from the experience The reader gets a good idea of what the author narrator really detests and what he finds quite satisfactory about the experience

  6. Laura Laura says:

    I was exited to read this book because I loved the movie Unfortunately however, this was one of those cases where the actual book fell short of the movie.I loved the story but the writing style, perhaps too plain and direct, made me feel like I m reading a newspaper article instead of a book It didn t allow feelings to be properly shown And it didn t allow me to really bond with any of the characters either The humour also fell flat and felt like sarcasm most of the time I may be the odd on I was exited to read this book because I loved the movie Unfortunately however, this was one of those cases where the actual book fell short of the movie.I loved the story but the writing style, perhaps too plain and direct, made me feel like I m reading a newspaper article instead of a book It didn t allow feelings to be properly shown And it didn t allow me to really bond with any of the characters either The humour also fell flat and felt like sarcasm most of the time I may be the odd one out here but I cannot get myself to care a lot about a story, even if it is true and heartbreaking, if it s told in a plain style of the typeWe went there and we did this, then I tought of this and tried that, or they said this and then done thatThis would work very well for a short story, making the impact that much stronger, but it becomes tedious very fast in a book.And yet, the tale itself was heartbreaking and uplifting at the same time It took a hell lot of guts and a ton of hard work for Mee and his family to succeed For this, I cannot but admire them and cheer for them from the stands Because, that was simply fabulous If you love animals, a man with a strong will and solid determination, and don t mind a forward and direct writing style, this book may be exactly what you re looking for.Happy reading

  7. Melissa (ladybug) Melissa (ladybug) says:

    While I basically liked this book, I did have several problems with it The author would frequently say something like buton that later but then Mr Mee never returned to the subject This happened frequently towards the end of the book I hated this aspect of the book Another issue, I had problems with Mr Mee going on about money complaints and dealings with back room boys and others He was beating a dead horse with some of his story It was like he was trying to think of what to w While I basically liked this book, I did have several problems with it The author would frequently say something like buton that later but then Mr Mee never returned to the subject This happened frequently towards the end of the book I hated this aspect of the book Another issue, I had problems with Mr Mee going on about money complaints and dealings with back room boys and others He was beating a dead horse with some of his story It was like he was trying to think of what to write and just didn t have enough to make a complete book I would have enjoyed hearingabout the animals and the daily life of what it is like to own a Zoo Come on, who wouldn t have loved to own a Zoo Mr Mee made it extremely boring

  8. Ellen Ellen says:

    It s written rather breathlessly and the photo gallery is completely unsatisfyingshots of the house and zoo rather than their animal inhabitants would have been nice, not to mentionphotos of the family but the tale itself is pretty darn touching.

  9. gargamelscat gargamelscat says:

    An interesting story spoiled by a literal take, inadequate writing quality and a superficial treatment.Ok for a memoir maybe there is no requirement for flights of lyrical prose but I expect better from a professional writer.The superficiality bothered me we get no real idea of the numbers involved and I d like to have seen it treated asof a business case study.The park itself, the background history and personality of the animals are never detailed except as involved in a couple of anec An interesting story spoiled by a literal take, inadequate writing quality and a superficial treatment.Ok for a memoir maybe there is no requirement for flights of lyrical prose but I expect better from a professional writer.The superficiality bothered me we get no real idea of the numbers involved and I d like to have seen it treated asof a business case study.The park itself, the background history and personality of the animals are never detailed except as involved in a couple of anecdotes Despite a nod towards conservation I didn t get any great sense of a burning vocation to the ecological struggle.I didn t find myself moved by the loss of the author s wife she is a cypher as we are never given much to identify with emotionally leading up to this point, ditto for the other memmbers of the family.I was left with the impression of a middle England urban dilletente admiring the French quality of life while mocking the supposed 3 hour lunches as if the Anglo Saxon work ethic wasn t a myth working in media who selfishly followed his own dreams first moving to France and then buying a zoo instead of prioritising his family Surely if he d cared so much for his wife he would have stayed in France with its outstanding health service rather than risking the NHS.And finally, the book was published too close to the opening of the park I d like to have read about the situation 2 years or so down the line.At least it was a relatively quick read

  10. Yzobelle Yzobelle says:

    After loving the movie so much, it is difficult for me to give this book 3 stars I thought and hoped I would be able to proudly give it 5 shining stars The book is not entirely bad Benjamin Mee wrote as a journalist would the style was flowing, easy to read, a bit witty, and has a pretty good play of words It was perhaps the focus of the book and the diversion from the movie or rather, vice versa the movie diverted from the book that made it a little disappointing I was expecting to After loving the movie so much, it is difficult for me to give this book 3 stars I thought and hoped I would be able to proudly give it 5 shining stars The book is not entirely bad Benjamin Mee wrote as a journalist would the style was flowing, easy to read, a bit witty, and has a pretty good play of words It was perhaps the focus of the book and the diversion from the movie or rather, vice versa the movie diverted from the book that made it a little disappointing I was expecting to read and knowabout the characters, the dynamic relationships, and the drama they had to go through to save the zoo But the book focusedon the animals, the specific care for them, the idiosyncrasies of each specie and I do not have a particular fondness for lions, flamingos, otters, and snakes just to name a few that is why it was a bit difficult to get to the end This book was my bed companion having bedtime as the only time for leisure reading and it surely did a good job of lulling me to sleep It sounds that bad, huh Yet, i would still give it 3 stars to give credit to the extraordinary experience the family went through and the journalistic style of Mr Mee

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