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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 Not a long review because it has been years since I read this book however, it was and still is one of my favorite books His love for all creatures enhanced my love for them and his stories are timeless It is a must read for anyone who loves animals and a good read for those interested in a very well told tale. 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 4.5 stars I adored this book and swallowed it whole when I first read it back in the day, and grabbed the three sequels as soon as I could lay my hands on them All four of these old paperback books still have a place of honor on my downstairs bookshelf, wherein reside all manner of classics, old SF and fantasy, ancient English lit textbooks, and other old books It s quite the massive collection a lifetime s worth of books that have been lovingly and thoughtfully or sometimes not collect 4.5 stars I adored this book and swallowed it whole when I first read it back in the day, and grabbed the three sequels as soon as I could lay my hands on them All four of these old paperback books still have a place of honor on my downstairs bookshelf, wherein reside all manner of classics, old SF and fantasy, ancient English lit textbooks, and other old books It s quite the massive collection a lifetime s worth of books that have been lovingly and thoughtfully or sometimes not collected and have survived the periodic purges.Anyway, James Herriott a pseudonym of James Alf Wight was a Yorkshire veterinarian whose practice began in the 1940s before many advances in modern medicine He wrote this hugely successful series of semi autobiographical books about his many years of veterinary practice amongst the farmers and people of Yorkshire His tales are very episodic, often self deprecating, sometimes poignant, sometimes silly, but always humorously told and heartwarming Herriott affectionately sketches the old Yorkshire personalities so well, and his love for animals shines through on the pages.A truly delightful read These are lovely stories, especially if you re an animal lover All Creatures Great and Small is one of the funniest books I ve read in my life, with humor that I think would appeal to a wide audience I usually steer clear of animal themed stories because they tend to be maudlin, but All Creatures Great and Small isn t that kind of animal book Herriot wrote about his most memorable, strange adventures as a large animal veterinarian who visited various farms to handle all manner of cases, at all hours of day and night I knew absolutely nothing about large All Creatures Great and Small is one of the funniest books I ve read in my life, with humor that I think would appeal to a wide audience I usually steer clear of animal themed stories because they tend to be maudlin, but All Creatures Great and Small isn t that kind of animal book Herriot wrote about his most memorable, strange adventures as a large animal veterinarian who visited various farms to handle all manner of cases, at all hours of day and night I knew absolutely nothing about large animal veterinarianism before reading this book it wasn t something I gave much, if any, thought to What I learned is that the profession is challenging obviously for the actual work but also exhausting because of the hours Creatures don t always give birth at convenient times If a cow is giving birth at the ungodly hour of 3 00 AM, the veterinarian can t exactly ask her to wait until a better time I read this many years before joining Goodreads, but I still remember one of the most memorable, and hilarious, accounts involved Herriot reaching far into a pig s vagina to help deliver her piglets As if that isn t bad enough, one of the piglets kept biting his hand with its needle teeth This is such a bizarre but needed profession I suggest recounting such anecdotes in detail to all children who dreamily claim they want to be vets when they grow up Books containing great humor endear themselves to me almost immediately, and this gem holds a special place in my heart I wishwriters wrote humor like Herriot did October 14, 2019I have just finished reading and as expected, I have nothing much to add to my review Except that I enjoyed it just as much as ever October 5, 2019 I am starting my second official reading of this book but it is actually the umpty second time I ve opened it up to escape for a time to James Herriot s wonderful world I very greatly doubt i will have anything different to say when I finish this go round The reason I am diving into the Yorkshire Dales again is that I just finis October 14, 2019I have just finished reading and as expected, I have nothing much to add to my review Except that I enjoyed it just as much as ever October 5, 2019 I am starting my second official reading of this book but it is actually the umpty second time I ve opened it up to escape for a time to James Herriot s wonderful world I very greatly doubt i will have anything different to say when I finish this go round The reason I am diving into the Yorkshire Dales again is that I just finished reading The Real James Herriot A Memoir of My Father and I simply have to revisit my old friends And after this I will read the other four Herriot books on my shelves I ve also read them numerous times but unofficially and many many years ago So, that is why we are here, and now let s all go to Skeldale House Original review October 4, 2015I ve read this book so many times over the years, yet every single time I get to the last word on the last page I am ready to go back to chapter one and start all over From the first day of Herriot s arrival at Skeldale House, being greeted by a tsunami of leaping, barking dogs, to the week of tuberculin testing that brings the book to a close, we share the moments of joy, laughter, tears, nerves, confidence, mix ups and triumphs involved in his Yorkshire veterinary practice of the 1930 s.We meet the Farnon brothers and many interesting people around the Dales, not to mention wonderful animals that will live forever, just as the human characters will Who could ever forget Tricki Woo Or that Labrador whose howling while coming out of the anesthetic drove poor Tristan half out of his mind That huge farm horse that leaned so comfortably on Herriot while his foot was being examinedthe list could go on and on.It is always a pleasure to re visit Darrowby, even when I know ahead of time how every crisis turns out Herriot fills these pages with his love for his job, his joy for life, and his fascination with the people and animals around him And if a story about any case makes Herriot appear a bit silly, it is still included, creating an even stronger sense of reality because we all have stories that now make us laugh but then made us cringe My thanks to Herriot for sharing everything with us, not only here but in all the other books he wrote each one is a treasure |READ KINDLE ☽ Creature grandi e piccole. La tenera e umana storia di un medico degli animali ⚕ James Herriot un veterinario scozzese innamorato del suo lavoro Ma anche uno scrittore e in questo libro ci racconta con humour i suoi primi due anni di professione trascorsi nello Yorkshire Accade cos che anche il pi distratto abitante di una metropoli dei nostri giorni si scopre spettatore commosso di eventi ormai dimenticati, come la nascita di un agnello o il ritorno della primavera A lighthearted and cozy memoir of the life of a veterinarian set in rural northern England in the historic county of Yorkshire I read this long ago, and had added it to my list of books I d loved at one point in my life and wanted to re read I think I requested that my library get a copy a year ago, and I finally got this just as I was just beginning another book about all manner of animals, My Family and Other Animals which takes place slightly before this first book of Herriot s All Creature A lighthearted and cozy memoir of the life of a veterinarian set in rural northern England in the historic county of Yorkshire I read this long ago, and had added it to my list of books I d loved at one point in my life and wanted to re read I think I requested that my library get a copy a year ago, and I finally got this just as I was just beginning another book about all manner of animals, My Family and Other Animals which takes place slightly before this first book of Herriot s All Creatures Great and Small series, which covers some of the 30s and 40s There isto this story than the animal veterinarian anecdotes, or the cast of the characters who seem so delightfully real with Herriot s ability to weave so much charm into these real life people and their animals Some are about the beloved house pets, some are about the eccentric owners, whereas there areof the farm variety cows, horses, pigs, chickens, and so on, but what doesn t change very often is his love of what he does, or of this life he is building in this new place, surrounded by nature Where Herriot shines is in he made this come so fully alive for me, in his descriptions of this new, to him, landscape, and these people who are reluctant to trust a young whippersnapper like him, so used to the way things have always been done around here And it feels so personally shared, as though he s written this personal letter to you, or he s sharing his stories around a warm fire on a winter night comfy, cozy and warmly sharedYou don t find people like the Bramleys now radio, television and the motorcar have carried the outside world into the most isolated places so that the simple people you used to meet on the lonely farms are rapidly becoming like people anywhere else Many thanks, once again, to the Public Library system, and the many Librarians that manage, organize and keep it running, for the loan of this book There are no negatives in this book When I first read it them as I read Herriot s vet stories one book after another I would read them late at night in bed after my wife had gone to sleep Frequently I d be laughing silently, but laughing so hard I d shake the bed Now and again I d look over and see her just looking at me having been awakened by my convulsions of mirth Then I d end up reading aloud for hourscosting us both much needed rest. 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.