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All Creatures Great and Small (original 1972; edition 2004)

by James Herriot

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Title:All Creatures Great and Small
Authors:James Herriot
Info:St. Martin's Griffin (2004), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 448 pages
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All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot (1972)

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Havin read this book years ago, I was delighted to find that it pleasured me all over again when I read it for bookclub.

It's a great book to have in electronic format if you're traveling. Each story is short, entertaining, heart-warming, poignant. Our guy doesn't always win the battle of the day, but he always rejoices in having had the day to live. ( )
  Jeannine504 | Jan 23, 2016 |
If you love animals this book is for you. ( )
  Greymowser | Jan 22, 2016 |
I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book, as by the cover and description it had never really appealed to me. I started it when there was nothing else to read, and enjoyed it immensely. ( )
  Karin7 | Jan 21, 2016 |
After qualifying as a veterinarian, James Herriot started working in rural England in the early 20th Century. This book consists of his memories of various incidents from his career. The farmers in the region have a very distinct personality, and his boss, Siegfried, is quite a character. Since most chapters describe a single event with no logical transition in between, the book reads more like a series of vignettes than anything else. It is charming, witty, nostalgic, and I couldn’t recommend it more highly. This is the second time I’ve read it, and I loved it just as much this time as I did the first. ( )
  AmandaL. | Jan 16, 2016 |
This books follows the first few years of the authors veterinary practice in rural yorkshire in the 1930's. The book is mainly set up as a series of short stories about the vetrinary practice, many quite funny. I really liked this book but the reason it didn't get five stars is because parts of the book seem disjointed and like they didn't fit in real well with the overall story. i still want to read more by James Herriot. ( )
  RachelNF | Jan 15, 2016 |
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James Herriotprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
García Burgos, AmparoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
García Burgos, Amparosecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Järvenpää, HeidiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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To Eddie Straiton with gratitude and affection and Donald and Brian Sinclair, still my friends.
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They didn't say anything about this in the books, I thought, as the snow blew in through the gaping doorway and settled on my naked back.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312965788, Mass Market Paperback)

Take an unforgettable journey through the English countryside and into the homes of its inhabitants-- four-legged and otherwise-- with the world's best-loved animal doctor.

For over 25 years-- since All Creatures Great and Small was first published-- readers have delighted to the storytelling genius of James Herriot, the Yorkshire veterinarian whose fascinating vignettes brim with the wonder of life, animal and human.

Whether 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 of his first years as a country vet perfectly depict the wonderful relationship between man and animal-- and they intimately portray a man whose humor, compassion , and love of life are truly inspiring.

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An English veterinarian reminisces about his life, career, and animal patients in a small village.

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