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All Things Bright and Beautiful (1974)

by James Herriot

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Series: All Creatures Great and Small - US (2)

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All Creatures Great and Small is the memoir of a country veterinarian that includes many different kinds of stories, from ridiculous anecdotes to tear-jerking memories. The book begins as Herriot starts off on his own after veterinary school. He is desperate to find a job and is offered the position as an assistant to Dr. Siegfried Farnon in Darrowby. Little does Herriot know what his acceptance of this position will mean for the rest of his life. Happy to have a job, he launches headlong into his new career.

Herriot's first veterinary visit is a reminder that the life of a country vet is not the same as that of a city vet in a clean office. He will have to endure freezing temperatures, sleep deprivation, a lack of electricity, and stubborn clients as he treats his patients. His job will not be easy, but his love of the work will see him through even the most difficult situations.

As Herriot passes his first year in Darrowby, he learns about more than just the animals in the region. He gets to know the people well and learns about their peculiarities and customs, as a vet usually ends up treating the owners of his patients as often as he does their animals. Herriot becomes a shoulder to cry on, a sounding board, and in some cases, a punching bag for frustrations.

Herriot's first winter in the region passes, and he is amazed by how cold the Dales can be. Spring comes in May, and all is renewed with the joy of lambing and the fresh countryside.

From stories about pampered lapdogs to rugged farm animals, Herriot reveals the inner workings of a vet's life and the struggles veterinarians face every day. He learns more in his two years in the Dales than he did in veterinary school, and he puts this knowledge to use time and time again.

Throughout these stories, Herriot always keeps his cool, even when his patience is sorely tested, both by Dr. Farnon and the people of Yorkshire. Herriot's stories of his life as a country veterinarian have touched millions of people throughout the world.
  bostonwendym | Mar 3, 2016 |
James Herriot was a veterinarian in rural Yorkshire during the early to mid twentieth century. His books are just collections of stories about his work and life. All Things Bright and Beautiful picks up where All Creatures Great and Small left off. Herriot is married to Helen now, and his companions and customers are just as charming and witty as ever.

There really isn’t any difference between Herriot’s first and second books; they could have been published as a single volume except for the length. They’re just wonderful books that make you feel good about being alive, especially if you’re an animal-lover. I definitely recommend Herriot’s work to anyone who’s interested. ( )
  AmandaL. | Jan 16, 2016 |
SUPER! Gotta be one of the best-loved series - ever! No objectionable language or sexual situations. I listen to this series once per year, usually in the winter when the short days get depressing. ( )
  NJGrandmaLinda | Sep 23, 2015 |
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this book! James Herriot is a veterinarian in England. He writes about his personal life and his work with the animals and the animal owners. He is SO funny. He can write about the most mundane things and make it a hilarious anecdote. You can tell by his writing that he cares about the animals and the people in his life and life in general.- 5 stars! ( )
  Mariesreads | May 7, 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 |
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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 Francis Alexander 1818-1895
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With love to my wife and to my mother in dear old Glasgow town
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As I crawled into bed and put my arm around Helen it occurred to me, not for the first time, that there are few pleasures in this world to compare with snuggling up to a nice woman when you are half frozen.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312330863, Paperback)

"A very warm, very engaging read. . . . The reader falls totally under his spell."
--Associated Press

The second volume in the multimillion copy bestselling series

Millions of readers have delighted in the wonderful storytelling and everyday miracles of James Herriot in the over thirty years since his delightful animal stories were first introduced to the world.

Now in a new edition for the first time in a decade, All Things Bright and Beautiful is the beloved sequel to Herriot's first collection, All Creatures Great and Small, and picks up as Herriot, now newly married, journeys among the remote hillside farms and valley towns of the Yorkshire Dales, caring for their inhabitants---both two- and four-legged. Throughout, Herriot's deep compassion, humor, and love of life shine out as we laugh, cry, and delight in his portraits of his many, varied animal patients and their equally varied owners.

"Humor, realism, sensitivity, earthiness; animals comic and tragic; and people droll, pathetic, courageous, eccentric---all of whom he views with the same gentle compassion and a lively sense of the sad, the ridiculous, and the admirable."
--Columbus Dispatch

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James Herriot is a vet in Yorkshire, England, during the 1940's. He is assigned to the practice of Siegfried Farnon, who (together with his mischievous brother Tristan) already have a successful business. James undergoes a variety of adventures during his work, which are just as often caused by the characters of the county (including the Farnon brothers) as the animals in his care.… (more)

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