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All Things Wise and Wonderful (1976)

by James Herriot

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This collection of anecdotes from a rural Yorkshire veterinarian is a continuation of All Creatures Great and Small and All Things Bright and Beautiful. This one is supposed revolve around Herriot’s service in the Royal Air Force during World War II, and most chapters do start out with his military experiences, but most of the book consists of stories from home that come to his mind for one reason or another while he is in the RAF. It’s a bit more sentimental and borders on sappy at times, but this is just because Herriot is much happier at home than he is in the military. Because of medical issues, he is discharged before he finishes training and never served overseas. Like Herriot’s other books, this one is charming, witty, makes you feel good about being alive, and makes you miss the simpler life that existed not that long ago. ( )
  AmandaL. | Jan 16, 2016 |
country vet. - good.

In the midst of World War II, James is training for the Royal Air Force, while going home to Yorkshire whenever possible to see his very pregnant wife, Helen. Musing on past adventures through the dales, visiting with old friends, and introducing scores of new and amusing character--animal and human alike--Herriot enthralls with his uncanny ability to spin a most engaging and heartfelt yarn.
  christinejoseph | Aug 27, 2015 |
These four books were the first I read from the adult section of the tiny town library I grew up with. Still remember them fondly - still don't want to be involved in animal husbandry or to have a pet. That universality of appeal is a large part of their genius. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Apr 14, 2015 |
Very funny like the others, however I could have done without all of the Army bits. ( )
  MerryMeerkat | Sep 26, 2013 |
A little bit of James Herriot usually makes everything a-ok. ( )
  helynrob | Aug 13, 2013 |
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All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful,
The Lord God made them all.

Cecil Frances Alexander 1818-1895
To my dogs, Hector and Dan. Faithful companions of the daily round.
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'Move!' bawled the drill corporal. 'Come on, speed it up!' He sprinted effortlessly to the rear of the gasping, panting column of men and urged us on from there.
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James Herriot is probably the most beloved living writer. When All Things Bright and Beautiful was published three years ago, it became the number one best seller in the world, winning still new friends for the Yorkshire veterinarian whose first book All Creatures Great and Small had already been enjoyed by millions of readers.

In this, his third book, he takes up where he left off-- both in terms of the warmth, humor, and skill with which he writes, and in the story itself. It is World War Two and James has just been inducted into the RAF. We see him at training camp and we go back to Yorkshire-- on real trips as he breaks away to see Helen who is about to have a baby, and on trips of reverie as he recalls the Dales, the animals, and the Yorkshire people who have so enriched his life. We meet old friends again-- his partner Siegfried, the zany Tristan, the bon vivant Granville Bennett-- and scores of new folk, each with a story to tell. James Herriot is back, and, as one reviewer said of his work, "If ever you have loved a friend, human or otherwise, this is the book for you."

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In the midst of World War II, the Yorkshire veterinarian muses on past adventures through the Yorkshire dales, visiting with old friends and introducing scores of new characters--both human and animal.

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