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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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The book that shattered my (short-lived)childhood dream of becoming a veterinarian within the first 5 pages.
  Kaytron | Feb 28, 2017 |
Dr. Herriot gives a very descriptive account of his early years, while practicing rural veterinary medicine in England. He lets you see how his customers and their animals affected him day to day. Was very enjoyable. Highly recommend it. ( )
  HuberK | Jan 8, 2017 |
Award winning and best-selling author James Herriot will transport you back in time to the beautiful Yorkshire Dales with heartwarming, funny and memorable tales of his time as a veterinarian.

Visit a vet in Yorkshire, England as he tells his animal stories in this nonfiction classic.
  mcmlsbookbutler | Dec 29, 2016 |
When I saw this book at the little free library, there was no doubt in my mind. I would enjoy reading it. I was right. The memoir tells of various incidents in the late 30s and early 40s, as an assistant veterinarian in the Yorkshire dales. Always interesting, sometimes humorous, sometimes touching. I don't know why I never happened to read any of his books before. ( )
  CarolJMO | Dec 12, 2016 |
This book reads like a consecutive series of individual diary entries told from the perspective of a newly graduated veterinarian beginning his journey into the world of employment. The stories were sometimes comical and other times more serious with a plethora of medical terminology thrown in. I am not particularly squeamish and I usually relish challenging myself with comprehending "doctor-speak" but in a few chapters the graphic surgical references overshadowed the personal experience that the author was attempting to share. I must admit that I found myself skimming a few chapters due to all the medical details. The semi-autobiographical interactions between James Herriot and his human clients were often more interesting than the detailed descriptions of the diagnosis and procedural processes about the poor ill animals.

My favorite passages in the book included some the eccentricities and practical jokes played on each other by the three veterinarians who lived together (Seigfried, his brother Tristam and James). In addition, many of the stories about the animals were quite heartfelt and cute. Among them all a dog named Tricki was memorable, as was her owner. Here is one funny "Tricki" related passage from the book:
Siegfried’s face was expressionless as he read the card aloud. “Tricki requests the pleasure of Uncle Herriot’s company on Friday February 5th. Drinks and dancing .” He looked up and spoke seriously. “Now isn’t that nice? You know, that must be one of the most generous Pekingeses in England. Sending you kippers and tomatoes and hampers isn’t enough— he has to ask you to his home for a party.”

This was a solid four star read for me and although I never watched the book-to-tv adaptation, I can understand why it was a popular series once upon a time. ( )
  Lisa805 | Jul 23, 2016 |
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To Eddie Straiton with gratitude and affection and Donald and Brian Sinclair, still my friends.
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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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