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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)

20th century (36) animal (23) animal stories (37) animals (475) autobiography (153) biography (187) British (67) classic (25) classics (22) England (182) fiction (214) Herriot (28) humor (116) James Herriot (47) literature (32) memoir (302) non-fiction (323) own (22) paperback (22) read (56) series (33) short stories (23) to-read (38) vet (34) veterinarian (97) veterinarians (76) veterinary (46) veterinary medicine (27) vets (25) Yorkshire (104)
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    Cats in the Belfry by Doreen Tovey (krazy4katz)
    krazy4katz: Both books display a love and respect for animals, a lovely British humor and are relaxing humorous reads.
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    Muscogulus: Witty memoir by a young Irish veterinarian.
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    Animals in Translation by Temple Grandin (MyriadBooks)
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    All My Patients are Under the Bed by Louis J. Camuti (MyriadBooks)
    MyriadBooks: Great War era British country vet, meet Great War era American city vet. I'm sure you'll be the greatest of friends!
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    An Irish Country Village by Patrick Taylor (MDGentleReader)
    MDGentleReader: An Irish Country Village is about village GPs in Ireland, All Creatures Great and Small is about rural veterinarians in Yorkshire. The Irish Country series is decades later than the James Herriot series. Both are charming and generous and filled with descriptions of beautiful countryside and eccentric human and animal characters.… (more)
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Disclaimer: I review books on how they stand alone without regards to anyone’s personal views about the author. I review based upon readability and how the book affects my life for good, and less upon literary style.

I recommend this for older teens and up because of the language, and the reference to alcohol use.
However, I love this book, it is very humorous and shows just how intelligent animals really are, and how they have unique personalities. I enjoy the humorous illustration of how Siegfried contradicts himself, but nevertheless, very hands off the way he treats James to let him find his way. I think it is a good example of how a manager can be very effective by giving help when needed, and even advice, but otherwise giving employees lots of room to discover their niche themselves. I also enjoy the way the book shows the benefit of a simple life... which is a great example to us all... to simplify and focus on what is really important, namely family and taking care of what we are responsible for. I enjoy the attitude that James' father-in law views his late wife and how fondly he speaks about her, and has the same views about his daughter, Helen. ( )
  wadehuntpc | Mar 8, 2014 |
I have loved this series since I was a teen. These books are at once hilarious, heart-warming, and inspirational. ( )
  silva_44 | Feb 2, 2014 |
Loved this book. It's been many many years since I've read it and am glad I am rereading the series. Hysterical and touching. I plan on rereading the entire series. ( )
  MerryMeerkat | Sep 26, 2013 |
I have such good memories of these books... Charming, warm, funny, engaging and even sad at times, James Herriot writes about animals and farming and life and love in a style that appeals to all types and ages, I think. I may have to create a 're-read' tag just for books like these! ( )
  kerrikins | Sep 25, 2013 |
Some things don't age. I'm now keen to spend some time in the Dales though British and even Yorkshirean pals are most gruesome in their descriptions of blasted heath and bitter weather. ( )
  veracite | Apr 6, 2013 |
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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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