I often tell myself not to give a book 5 stars because, well, I know I can be a little too exuberant at times Not this time Mr Herriot s writing skills are only matched by his skills as a vet, which is blatantly obvious in this delightful collection of tales This book is tear jerking from laughter and sentiment, and an impeccable balance of all the features found in the very best of memoirs They are set in a time and place I have never experienced and yet I can practically smell the rolling hills and paddocks of the Yorkshire countryside, with it s bizarre, quirky, infuriating and endearing characters often all at once I feel like the author has preserved a way of life that is rapidly vanishing if not already gone, made the duty of remembering a sheer delight, and made me long to be a part of Mr Herriot, I salute you sir. I read the series as a teen, watched the PBS series whenever it ran and mourned when Herriot died I even named one of my sons Tristan in part because I loved that character so much Herriot s an insightful observer of human nature and the perfect foil for the eccentrics in his rural community His career coincided with all manner of scientific advances that competed with folk remedies and superstition in the minds of the people.I ve spent a small fortune on my dogs and cats so it s interesting to learn from Herriot that at the time he went to vet school pets were not covered in the curriculum only livestock.I may take this book to the beach with me this year it s time to re read it. Twenty Five Years Ago, A Volume Of Memoirs By An Unknown Scottish Veterinarian Was First Published All Creatures Great And SmallWithin A Year, The Book Had Become Recognized As A Masterpiece It Went On To Sell Millions Of Copies And Began The Marvelous Series Of Books, Beloved Of Readers All Over The World, Which Have So Far Sold Over Million Copies In English Alone Here, For The First Time, The First Two Books In This Series Are Being Published TogetherThese Pages, Now As Then, Are Full Of Humor, Warmth, Pathos, Drama, And James Herriot S Unique And Richly Justified Love Of Life His Journeys Across The Yorkshire Dales, His Encounters With Humans And Dogs, Cows And Kittens, Are Illuminating By His Infinite Fascination And Affection, And Rendered With All The Infectious Joy Of A Born StorytellerWhether Struggling Mightily To Position A Calf For Birthing, Or Comforting A Lonely Old Man Whose Beloved Dog And Only Companion Has Died, Herriot S Heartwarming And Often Hilarious Stories Perfectly Depict The Wonderful Relationship Between Man And Animal His Wonderful Stories Make Us Laugh And Cry, As We Marvel At The Everyday Miracles He Creates My ABSOLUTE fave I loved this series of books When I first read them in high school I wanted to move to Scotland and become a country veterinarian I reread them again summer, and fell in love with them all over again When James Herriot talks about how much he loves his job, driving around the country lanes with the windows down on a beautiful day, or taking his lunch breaks lying on his back in the grass staring up at the clouds in the sky, you wonder how you can stand another day of working in an office building. Every few years I read these stories again and I always enjoy them as much as I did the first time James Herriot Alf White such an interesting window into a unique time and place I have always wondered if he was a naturally gifted writer or if he had a really good editor Either way, these stories are so well written that I enjoyed them although I would not say I am an animal lover I am an animal respecter, and I certainly believe we have responsibilities to be conscientious toward all creatures and these stories show all aspects of human emotions in relation to each other and animals. It was great to settle in with an old friend I read this series over over in my childhood years, up through high school James Herriot is why I wanted to be a vet until I came up against chemistry, that is I LOVELOVELOVE this entire series His warmth, intuitive descriptions of his animal patients and their humans, and genuine delight of life are a wonderful gift to the world I m reviewing all the books in this series the same way, so you only have to read this review once James Herriot Dr White is on my top ten list of authors I had no interest in cow farming or in Yorkshire England, but he took me there as an arm chair traveler Then I actually traveled there, saw the surgery, Skeldale house, funky blue car, fields, cows and sheep their descents What a thrill I recently paid a nostalgic return journey to fictional Darrowby in Yorkshire, England, to read the warm, affectionate, earthy, hilarious memoirs of Dr James Herriot, veterinary surgeon circa mid 1930s 1970s I couldn t put them down, nor could I read anything else until I d consumed the entire series Love his courtship with Helen, his partnership with Sigfried and Tristan, his convivial embrace of his warped fellowman, and his service to hairy critters everywhere Must add I m also fond of his relish for full figured ladies I realize memoirs of this type run the risk of being sentimentalized and idealized, but so what His style is convincingly modest, whether he s celebrating his bovine cures or confessing his inept catastrophes I would say of others who might be secretly evil that perhaps at home they kick the cat, but I can t say that here Dr James Herriot nee Dr Alf Wight is someone I would have liked to know, and thanks to his copious output, I feel that I do Strongly recommended. The first scene caught my attention right off He s saying, they never tell you about this in school, then he describes the scene he s in its a dark, winter night, he s got his arm inside of a cow up to the elbow trying to maneuver the calf inside her He s stripped to the waist, lying on the ground as the cow is and the only light is the lamp that the farmer is holding That got my attention This entire book is of one who lucks out and lands a great job and then discovers that he loves his job and the environment he has landed in The overarching lesson is that you re lucky when you find happiness, because most people don t Its full of little anecdotes about his adventures in the field of veterinary medicine and his interactions with the farmers and townsfolk of a fictional town called Darrowby This is definitely a leisurely read I enjoyed it immensely.
James Herriot is the pen name of James Alfred Wight, OBE, FRCVS also known as Alf Wight, an English veterinary surgeon and writer Wight is best known for his semi autobiographical stories, often referred to collectively as All Creatures Great and Small, a title used in some editions and in film and television adaptations.In 1939, at the age of 23, he qualified as a veterinary surgeon with Glasgow
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