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READ PDF Ü All Creatures Great and Small ⚟ The classic multimillion copy bestsellerDelve into the magical, unforgettable world of James Herriot, the world s most beloved veterinarian, and his menagerie of heartwarming, funny, and tragic animal patientsFor over forty years, generations of readers have thrilled to Herriot s marvelous tales, deep love of life, and extraordinary storytelling abilities For decades, Herriot roamed the remote, beautiful Yorkshire Dales, treating every patient that came his way from smallest to largest, and observing animals and humans alike with his keen, loving eyeIn All Creatures Great and Small, we meet the young Herriot as he takes up his calling and discovers that the realities of veterinary practice in rural Yorkshire are very different from the sterile setting of veterinary school Some visits are heart wrenchingly difficult, such as one to an old man in the village whose very ill dog is his only friend and companion, some are lighthearted and fun, such as Herriot s periodic visits to the overfed and pampered Pekinese Tricki Woo who throws parties and has his own stationery, and yet others are inspirational and enlightening, such as Herriot s recollections of poor farmers who will scrape their meager earnings together to be able to get proper care for their working animals From seeing to his patients in the depths of winter on the remotest homesteads to dealing with uncooperative owners and critically ill animals, Herriot discovers the wondrous variety and never ending challenges of veterinary practice as his humor, compassion, and love of the animal world shine forthJames Herriot s memoirs have soldmillion copies worldwide, and continue to delight and entertain readers of all ages I ve read a lot of James Herriot s stories over my life but haven t read this first volume of his beloved series of memoirs It is delightful, touching and often knee slappingly funny I highly recommend it FYI The audiorecording of the book is narrated by Christopher Timothy, the actor who played Herriot on the BBC series based on the books. Oh dear heavens, a cow is having a difficult birth A cat is sick The local lord s thoroughbred has skinned its knee To live in a world where these are your most worrisome worries is to live in the world of James Herriot, the pen name of Alf Wight, the real life mid 20th century country vet of the Yorkshire Dales in northern England Having said that, Herriot s stories wouldn t be as ragingly popular as they have been if they were nothing but fluff No, for a bunch of animal tales there s a Oh dear heavens, a cow is having a difficult birth A cat is sick The local lord s thoroughbred has skinned its knee To live in a world where these are your most worrisome worries is to live in the world of James Herriot, the pen name of Alf Wight, the real life mid 20th century country vet of the Yorkshire Dales in northern England Having said that, Herriot s stories wouldn t be as ragingly popular as they have been if they were nothing but fluff No, for a bunch of animal tales there s a great deal of pathos herein Just about every story delves into the human condition as it pertains to the Dales farmers and their struggle to exist, never mind thrive, in the harsh conditions of not only weather, but the rapidly accelerating industrialization of farming Mid century small farms were feeling the pinch and Herriot captured the fight He also mixes in the everyday strife of everyman in a very relatable way Loosely based on his experiences, these delightful tales drama cozies I call them take place in an idyllic setting The Yorkshire Dales and the North York MoorsMuker in SwaledaleAddingham, west of HarrogateThe Cleveland Way near WainstonesThe story begins with Herriot as a newly graduated vet arriving at the home and veterinarian practice of Siegfried Farnon and his aloof, fun loving brother Tristan, two eccentric fellows who provide a good deal of comic relief and storytelling foil It s the 1930s and, although war is on the horizon, this first book in the series focuses on the not so tumultuous time prior, when an outbreak of animal contagion was the apex of concern In general the tension for these anecdotal stories, all cobbled together into one loose narrative, is on the light side, unless you re an animal lover, in which case you will feel your heart ripped out and replenished again and again Though essentially a collection of short stories, All Creatures Great and Small does a great job of providing an intro into the world and character of Herriot, it delivers highly readable pastoral tales, and then it gives you a sense of closure without closing out the option forstories to come And boy are therestories These stories will satisfy lovers of animals, animal husbandry, pre WWII veterinarian practice an industry in flux at the time , the English countryside and Yorkshire life specifically, as well as those looking for a light taste of pastoral humor I liken reading Herriot to watching painter Bob Happy Little Trees Ross in action It s soothing stuff.PS I enjoyed looking through pics of the Dales and Moors for this review so much that I m going to addLet s call this the PIX APPENDIX Upper Swaledale23 Kirkgate, Thirsk Home and practice of James Herriot Goatland Railroad Station used in the first Harry Potter movie I have this problem an addiction, really called BOOKS I start reading one and I usually can t stop until I realize that awful smell is ME or my kids do that incessant tapping on my shoulder thing to ask if dinnertime will be occurring before bedtime I know, I know Probably shouldn t have put that in print Now CPS is gonna come after me Point being This book was NOT like that I could read one chapter each night, then put it down without my brain going all twitchy those of y I have this problem an addiction, really called BOOKS I start reading one and I usually can t stop until I realize that awful smell is ME or my kids do that incessant tapping on my shoulder thing to ask if dinnertime will be occurring before bedtime I know, I know Probably shouldn t have put that in print Now CPS is gonna come after me Point being This book was NOT like that I could read one chapter each night, then put it down without my brain going all twitchy those of you fellow addicts know what I mean you other better adjusted readers, just take my word for it that twitchy is the perfect adjective Could it be A non page turner that I actually ENJOYED Why aren t therebooks like this I would be a much healthier person Herriot doesn t really have a through plot thus the non page turner quality , but each chapter presents a new, hilarious recollection from his young veterinary days in the Yorkshire countryside You know, one of those horses lifting you off the ground with their teeth, removing pig testicles, becoming the honorary uncle of a rich lady s spoiled pug kind of reads I must have laughed out loud at some point in every chapter If you re looking for a fun little book that you can just pick up every once in a while that won t cause you to go all twitchy THIS IS IT Just open the book and start reading anywhere Read one chapter, five, the whole thing doesn t matter There s no real story but you ll get a good laugh Several, in fact It s semi astonishing that I ve been married to a veterinarian for a year and a half, which followed a year and nine months of dating engagement, in which time I went on many emergency calls with her to treat sick horses and the occasional goat , adopted a dog and a second cat to go with the first one my dearly beloved already owned, and various and other sundry proximity to a vet type stuff has gone down AND YET only now have I finally said to myself, Hunh, I should read that James Herriot gu It s semi astonishing that I ve been married to a veterinarian for a year and a half, which followed a year and nine months of dating engagement, in which time I went on many emergency calls with her to treat sick horses and the occasional goat , adopted a dog and a second cat to go with the first one my dearly beloved already owned, and various and other sundry proximity to a vet type stuff has gone down AND YET only now have I finally said to myself, Hunh, I should read that James Herriot guy If I had to sum up All Creatures Great and Small in two words it would be overwhelmingly pleasant , with a temptation to throw in a delightful as well Herriot writes with charming self effacement about his early days as a country veterinarian in England in the late 30 s He has a never ending supply of anecdotes, most of them funny, the rest simply heartwarming He learns the hard way that his years of book learning don t compare to the things you actually learn on the job that you can t argue with the boss even when they completely contradict themselves because, hey, they re the boss that losing track of how many pints of beer or tumblers of whiskey you ve had on a first date or a job interview is a bad idea Obviously, bonus points in my estimation for the number of funny drunk stories along the way But the best thing the book has going for it is the way that it unfailingly reinforces the simple notion that life is good Every story has a happy ending, whether it s the hours spent getting kicked and wearing himself out in the freezing cold middle of the night to help a cow deliver twin calfs, or the last minute acquisition of an experimental vaccine that saves a litter of kittens from an epidemic sweeping a farm, or even the vindication after putting a horse to sleep of knowing that it really was the best thing to end the animal s suffering And every time Herriot feels like a fool for choosing the arduous, unrewarding life of a country vet he breathes the fresh air and feels the sun on his face or watches a mother animal lick its newborn baby clean or gets a fresh baked pork pie from a grateful farmer s wife and he realizes it s all worth it That s the main thing I want out of life to never run out of those moments where, even though I can still recall and recount the difficult, frustrating, maddening things that happen all the time, I still revel in the sweet moments that make it all worthwhile And for a book to sustain that exact feeling for 500 pages is quite a feat