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My name is Pat and I live in Florida. My skin will never be smooth again and my hair will never see color. I enjoy collecting autographs and playing in Paint Shop Pro.,along with reading and writing. Sometimes, I enjoy myself by doing volunteer "work" helping celebrities at autograph shows. I love animals and at one time I did volunteer work for Tippi Hedren's Shambala Preserve.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

All Creatures Great and Small

All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot

Paperback: 448 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (August 1, 2004)
ISBN-10: 0312330855

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Book Description

Delve into the magical, unforgettable world of James Herriot, the world's most beloved veterinarian, and his menagerie of heartwarming, funny, and tragic animal patients.
For over thirty 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 eye.
In 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. From caring for 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 forth.

This book is not a book you feel like you can’t set down.

This book is not a book you feel you have to rush back to.

This book IS on the graphic side.

This book IS about a young man becoming a country Vet. in the 1930’s.

This book IS comical.

This book IS sad.

This book IS…quite extraordinary.

Young James Herriot not only impresses one as a young man who totally loves the profession he has chosen.

He is not only a man who works very hard, and cares about the animals very much.

He also cares about the farmers and their families who need his help.

Young James is also a very rare man…

He is a man who continually, takes a moment to stop and smell the roses.  He just doesn’t look where he is going…  he notices every path, the trees, the stones, the beauty of the countryside.  He continually realizes how lucky he is to have chosen his profession   and how lucky he is to be working “in the fields”..with nature and animals.

At times it seemed unfair that I should be paid for my work; for driving out in the early morning with the fields glittering under the first pale sunshine and the wisps of mist still hanging on the high tops.”

Were we all so lucky to be able to love something that much everyday of our lives.

Were we all so lucky to be able to see what is truly around us and enjoy the beauty of it all.

I do see why this book became a classic.  I do not know why I never read it before.  I have ordered the second book he wrote: All Things Bright and Beautiful…. because I am amazed that a young person stopped to smell the roses, when most of us don’t realize we haven’t until we are old, and then realized how much we missed.

Like I said, this is not a book that will make you rush through it.  It won’t even make you rush back to each chapter… but it will make you read every word that he wrote.

8 Comments:

Blogger Cath said...

I've never read any of the books, at least I don't think so. But the BBC TV series was compulsive viewing 20 years or so (maybe more) ago. It was so lovely and the Yorkshire countryside looked wonderful. Only ever been up that way once but would love to go again.

7:06 PM  
Blogger OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

I see that BooBoo Kitty really appreciates this book, too...!
A WONDERFUL WONDERFUL Book! I remember the PBS series..(Originally on the BBC) It was WONDERFUL, too!

9:34 PM  
Blogger Donna said...

I loved the whole series. Loved the BBC series. Oh, and I'm a country girl and could not put the books down.

10:45 PM  
Blogger DesLily said...

Cath.. yes you can almost see what it looks like through his writing! it makes you wonder how someone can be to talented.. an excellent vet AND an excellent writer!

Naomi: I don't know why I never saw the series !!! not sure I'd want to.. I'm not sure I would have gotten the fact that he seems to "see" and appreciate all he passes by.

Donna: I had no problem setting it down and I was not drawn to "what's next?" to grab it again.. but I always felt a calm when I was reading it and I felt I was there with him.

5:35 AM  
Blogger Debi said...

What a lovely review, Pat! I've never read any of his books, but I know Annie's enjoyed the ones she's read.

6:17 AM  
Blogger animewookie said...

You finished it!! Yay! I definately want to read this now...you've lured me in :D

8:50 AM  
Blogger DesLily said...

Debi: to me this was a feel good book..no other way of saying it.

kelly: just under the wire so I read 4 books this month.. not a lot but i am happy with it.

8:57 AM  
Blogger Kathleen said...

We had this on our shelves growing up and I never read it. I can see I missed out on something!

4:41 PM  

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