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  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Syracuse Univ Pr (Sd) (July 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0815606117
  • ISBN-13: 978-0815606116
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,612,079 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 7, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book, sight-unseen, on the name alone. I was very disappointed to find that it read like a college term paper where the student has to fill up a given amount of space and spends most of there time stating the obvious. I feel this book just capitilizes on the Herriot name (a little irreverently, I might add) and nothing more.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Marlena O. Faulkner on February 23, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book can not be considered non-fiction. The book is full of inaccuracies. So many in fact that the book is useless as a biography of Alf Wight aka James Herriot. Sternlicht shows Wight graduating college in 1937 but in another part of the book the date is listed as 1938. The correct date is 1939. The author also claims that Wight was in the RAF from 1943-1945 when it was actually 1941-1943. He even has the name of his son wrong listing it as Nicholas James when it's James Alexander. There are many more inaccuracies in this book which makes it wise to avoid reading it.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By TASMANIAN MINIMALIST on August 31, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The author of this ' book ' is a part-time professor of English. You would think with this in mind that he might have bothered to get his facts correct. James Herriot was a wonderful man, and deserved his story to be told with accuracy. The author of this book should be ashamed. Don't waste your money, there are so many better things to read.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By W. P. Risborough on December 21, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Anyone who is interested in reading about the real life of Alf Wight, aka James Herriot, should avoid this book. It is full of major factual inaccuracies, all of which stem from the author's lack of research. Sternlicht makes the fundamental mistake of assuming that the Herriot books are accurate autobiography, which they are not - Alf Wight deliberately fictionalised many aspects of his life in order to try and preserve his anonymity as much as possible.

Read this book if you want to believe in the fictional "James Herriot universe", but if you want to read an accurate, factual account of the life of the real Alf Wight, read The Real James Herriot: A Memoir of My Father by Jim Wight.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By emkachan on July 25, 2012
Format: Paperback
The best kind of self-indulgent, literary, academic enjoyment. Sanford Sternlicht is clearly a Herriot fan getting in his publishing points on something that he loves and holds dear. He discusses the Wight/Herriot narrative split without tearing it to pieces or delving too far into the areas that Wight kept private. The author loves listing the medical terminology that Herriot throws around in the books and how these words are both a nod to fellow vets and a mood-set for the lay reader. Sternlicht is at his best when talking about Herriot and women, pointing out all the ways that women are caricatured in his books, the Victorian terms on which he judges them, and his assumption that marriage is the best path for any woman. Sternlicht also lavishes praise on Herriot when appropriate for treating women well in some terms, never bullying, and always being respectful of his wife and family. Read this book if you love James Herriot and you also love academic treatises. This is not a puppy/kitty/moo-cow book, it is a literary analysis.
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