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An Irish Country Village (Irish Country Books) Paperback – February 3, 2009
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“Highly readable. . . . Detailed medical procedures of the era are fascinating to a modern reader. . . . The book, with its spot-on dialects and neatly tied endings, largely succeeds as light entertainment.” ―Publishers Weekly on An Irish Country Village
“Full of stories and vivid characters, the novel recalls a good night in a pub. Its greatest charm lies in homey Ulster idioms. . . . Good, light entertainment.” ―Booklist on An Irish Country Village
“An Irish Country Doctor makes for escapist, delightful fun.” ―Publishers Weekly
“Ballybucklebo is an easy place for readers to sink into, with likable characters and atmospheric dialogue.” ―Kirkus Reviews on An Irish Country Doctor
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A talent for the written word, first recognized when he was 16 by his winning the "Campbellian Prize for Literature", led to an outpouring of contributions to the medical literature. His scientific works include 170 papers and six textbooks, one translated from the original French. For ten years, (1991-2001) he was editor-in-chief of the Canadian Obstetrics and Gynaecology journal.
To add leavening to dry, academic prose Taylor has always nurtured his creative side. His monthly medical humour columns which began in 1991, En Passant, Medicine Chest and Taylor's Twist were followed by his appointment as book reviewer to Stitches: The Journal of Medical Humour.
Top Customer Reviews
Currently Fingal battles the council who want to change the Black Swan pub from a popular local establishment into a touristy thing to bring in more money. Barry also finds his attraction for engineering student Patricia Spence growing even as he fears yet hopes she will soon go to Cambridge. Finally he faces a malpractice lawsuit from a widow whose husband he misdiagnosed.
This warm sequel to AN IRISH COUNTRY DOCTOR is an entertaining tale that brings to life a small village in the 1960s. The storyline is character driven as the eccentric locals bring time and place to the foreground. Dr. Fingal is somewhat the stereotype of the grumpy caring aging doctor, but no one will care as he brings extra heart to the mix. Fans will enjoy the continuing saga of Dr. Barry Laverty as he holds the insightful tale together while growing into the heir apparent to the village doctor.
So `tis off again we travel to Ulster's County Down with author Dr. Patrick Taylor to the mythical village of Ballybucklebo, a glistening emerald jewel in the land of Saint Patrick, near Bushmills' noted whiskey distillery and close-by Giant's Causeway, where marauding Scots giants of lore stepped ashore to battle Ireland's Finn Mc Cool. I've fond recollections meself of picture-postcard Newry, Belfast, Giant's Causeway and Queen's University--all ports of call in this quaintly Scots-Irish venture.
As sequels go, one needn't digest Dr. Taylor's previous charmer, An Irish Country Doctor, prior to this one, but it wouldn't hurt. Most of the original whimsical cast is aboard for an encore performance, leading off with Dr. Barry Laverty. Late of Queen's University Medical School, Laverty eschews the more glamorous internships sought by classmates, accepting a backwater assignment to fictional Ballybucklebo, a homespun village astride Belfast Lough where crusty mentor Dr. Fingal Flaherty O'Reilly is the lone physician for miles around.Read more ›
Along with the doctors come the regulars from the first book. There's O'Reilly's capricious housekeeper, Mrs. Kinky Kincaid, originally from Cork, who always adds the word "so" on the end of her sentences. There's old Maggie MacCorkle and her beau Sonny, who've waited over fifteen years to get married (and their wedding is the big event in this Irish installment). There's Councilor Bertie Bishop, who this time has evil plans to close down The Black Swan - Ballybucklebo's main-street pub. Young Patricia Spence has caught Barry's heart, despite how independent and stubborn she is. Patricia is heavily into women's rights, particularly the right to a higher education. And we're introduced to a certain Caitlan "Kitty" O'Hallorhan, an old college acquaintance of Fingal's.
In 'Village', Barry misses a diagnosis of old Major Fotheringham's cerebral hemorrhage, and after a stay and release in the hospital, the Major dies at home. Mrs. Fotheringham is devastated, and blames the young doctor for the death.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Humorous, historical, health care~ Flavor of Ireland~ delightful read. Three read of the series; expecting to read more~Published 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
Love this series and this author. Gentle fiction at its best. If you love James Herriot you'll love this.Published 1 month ago by Elizabeth
I plan to continue with this series with all of its homespun, small village residents with all of their quirks and big hearts. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Hawkeye
....and pleasant easy reading of a wonderful town and genuine people of the earth
Not perfect, but just like ourselves
Immerse yourself in their world and... Read more
This is a series good for all to read. I am slowly making my way through all of the boos beginning at the beginning. Excellent if you are interesting in Ireland and its past. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Wayne Moore
I love the characters, the Irish words and just the joy of reading about the small town.Published 3 months ago by Miss Nancy