My Family and Other Animals

by

Gerald Durrell

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Kosti Character Analysis

Kosti is a convict that Gerry meets while swimming in the ocean one day. In Greece, convicts are allowed to leave the prison, something that doesn't strike Gerry as strange at all. Kosti gives Gerry the gull Alecko, which earns him Gerry's unwavering admiration. Mother, however, is much less impressed, especially when she learns that Kosti is in jail for killing his wife.

Kosti Quotes in My Family and Other Animals

The My Family and Other Animals quotes below are all either spoken by Kosti or refer to Kosti. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Penguin edition of My Family and Other Animals published in 1956.
Part 3, Chapter 17 Quotes

Once the thing was explained, of course, it was simple. It never even occurred to me that the procedure was unusual. I knew one wasn't allowed home for weekends from an English prison, but this was Corfu, and in Corfu anything could happen.

Related Characters: Gerry Durrell (speaker), Alecko, Kosti
Page Number: 243
Explanation and Analysis:
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Mother had, after considerable mental effort, managed to commit to memory two or three Greek words. This lack of vocabulary had a restrictive effect on her conversation at the best of times, but when she was faced with the ordeal of exchanging small talk with a murderer she promptly forgot all the Greek she knew.

Related Characters: Gerry Durrell (speaker), Mother, Kosti
Page Number: 251
Explanation and Analysis:
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Kosti Character Timeline in My Family and Other Animals

The timeline below shows where the character Kosti appears in My Family and Other Animals. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 3, Chapter 17: The Chessboard Fields
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...manages to snag it. When he turns back to shore, Gerry realizes there's a man (Kosti) watching him with the dogs. Gerry assumes he's a fisherman from down the coast and... (full context)
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Gerry pulls out his grapes and shares them with Kosti. They eat silently and only then does Kosti ask about Gerry's family. Instead of the... (full context)
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At the coast, Gerry sees a huge gull tied to Kosti's boat. Entranced, Gerry reaches out to pet the bird, and it indignantly allows Gerry to... (full context)
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Kosti and Gerry eat cockles in the boat and Gerry asks if Kosti could get him... (full context)
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...leaves out that he also captured snakes, as Leslie hates snakes. Mother is aghast that Kosti is a convict and killed his wife, but Leslie explains that in Greece, there is... (full context)
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Gerry invites Kosti for tea, and Mother forgets the few Greek words she knows in his presence. Gerry... (full context)