We Bought a Zoo: The Amazing True Story of a Young Family, a Broken Down Zoo, and the 200 Wild Animals That Changed Their Lives Forever

We Bought a Zoo: The Amazing True Story of a Young Family, a Broken Down Zoo, and the 200 Wild Animals That Changed Their Lives ForeverDownload We Bought A Zoo The Amazing True Story Of A Young Family, A Broken Down Zoo, And The 200 Wild Animals That Changed Their Lives Forever Benjamin Mee Ivogue.co.uk When Benjamin Mee Decided To Uproot His Family And Move Them To An Unlikely New Home In Devon A Dilapidated Zoo Where Over 200 Exotic Animals Would Be Their New Neighbours His Friends And Colleagues Thought He Was Crazy.Benjamin S Dream Was To Refurbish The Zoo And Run It As A Family Business But With A Grand Reopening Scheduled For Spring, There Was Much Work To Be Done And None Of It Would Be Easy For These Novice Zookeepers.Benjamin S Story Is A Remarkable Tale Of Anxious Wolves, Awkward Creditors, Escaping Big Cats, The Power Of Family And The Triumph Of Hope Over Tragedy.Now A Major Motion Picture Starring Matt Damon And Scarlett Johansson, Directed By Cameron Crowe 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 like You don t need a lot of knowledge to run a zoo What you need is a lot of heart The 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 poste
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 a accessible 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 Me
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 the glaring differences between book and true story movie These discrepancies do not detract from the movies overall a
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
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 type We went there and we did this, then I tought of this and tried that, or they said this and then done that This 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 heartbrea
While I basically liked this book, I did have several problems with it The author would frequently say something like but on 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 li
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 know about the characters, the dynamic relationships, and the drama they had to go through to save the zoo But the book focused on 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 c
Apparently in England you can buy a zoo if you have a million pounds or soThe best parts were the references to Monty Python and the Quest for the Holy Grail, and the part where when they are testing the zoo restaurant before the zoo opens they drink most of the keg of Stella Artois before the zoo opensI felt slightly used when it became apparent that one of the
It s written rather breathlessly and the photo gallery is completely unsatisfying shots of the house and zoo rather than their animal inhabitants would have been nice, not to mention photos of the family but the tale itself is pretty darn touching. 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 as of 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 lun

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  • Paperback
  • 313 pages
  • We Bought a Zoo: The Amazing True Story of a Young Family, a Broken Down Zoo, and the 200 Wild Animals That Changed Their Lives Forever
  • Benjamin Mee
  • English
  • 03 June 2017
  • 9780007431823