September 21, 2006

Rosy is my Relative

Posted in Comedy at 3:13 am by j128

Bookcover of \"Rosy is my Relative\" Rosy is my Relative by British author Gerald Durrell, was first published in 1968. According to the Author’s Note, Rosy is my Relative is an almost-true story; yes, Adrian Rookwhistle and Rosy really did exist, etc. Mr. Durrell says he merely elaborated on some of the events that took place.


The story is about Adrian Rookwhistle, a man in his thirties, and when we first see him he is in his attic bedroom pulling grotesque faces in the mirror while playing pretend (he’s the greatest swordsman outside of France) and talking to himself at the same time, about how he’s never had any real adventures, per se. He’s saying maybe he’s just one of those kinds of people who just lead boring lives and don’t have any real adventures.

At that moment, Adrian’s housekeeper (who is dull and melancholic; she usually has hardly anything exciting to say) announces Adrian has a letter…in an envelope, saying the last bit to prove her point to Adrian Rookwhistle in disbelief.

After some pushiness from his housekeeper, Adrian finally opens the letter while eating a black pudding lacking in flavour made by his housekeeper (sorry, cannot remember her name at the present!) and she comments that her husband loves her black pudding – actually, her husband has been dead for some years, but she insists upon talking about him as if he were right there, alive and well.

The letter is from Adrian’s Uncle Amos, known as the ‘black sheep’ of the family and he has pretty much committed all of the ‘more attractive sins’. This is in reference to the fact that Adrian’s parents were hardcore Christians. His father was a minister. One day, however, God ill-fated his parents to a dastardly plunge to their deaths when they were on a carriage ride and the bridge underneath them crumbled quite suddenly, leaving Adrian an orphan. Anyway, Uncle Amos was a circus performer and his deathbed request to Adrian is to take care of Rosy, and also left Adrian five hundred British pounds to look after her. Uncle Amos also warns Adrian of Rosy’s inevitable habit (for him to blame) of taking alcholic drink and he also says to watch her consumption, as it can make her unpredictable.

Drat! Adrian thinks along those lines. He had been wishing for a little bit of adventure and what has happened? A little bit of ‘unwanted’ adventure for him!

Once his housekeeper has left for her once-a-week visit to her husband’s grave, he goes to see his friend, a coffin-maker, for advice. After a while both men make an assumption that Rosy is a drunken circus acrobat! However, this is not the case, as Adrian later finds out that Rosy is in fact…an elephant! She has no tusks, but as it is, she is still capable of making mayhem, though unintentionally.

Adrian decides he can simply not keep Rosy and takes her on a walk down to the coast, planning to sell her. A series of misadventures follow, which eventually leads Adrian to become a wanted criminal for a great deal of crimes including damaged property, the distrubing of a fox-hunt, etc., etc.

The law eventually catches up with him and he is put on trial, helped by Sir Magnus. The case is won and in the end Adrian finally proposes to Samantha and reveals his love for her. The couple-to-be announces their engagement and are to be married at the Unicorn and Harp, the inn Samantha and her father run. At that moment, they discover Rosy has broken loose and is making mayhem. The story ends with the entire party running to catch Rosy. A new adventure begins…


1 Comment »

  1. herson said,

    wow, finally i saw a review of novels. i am also thinking of featuring literature in my blog but i just don’t have the time to finish one book nowadays. maybe later.
    heads up!

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