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All Creatures Great and Small [Kindle Edition]

James Herriot
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Book Description

The stories of a young veterinarian making his way in the rugged English countryside—and of the people and animals he met along the way
 
In the rolling dales of Yorkshire, a simple, rural region of northern England, a young veterinarian from Sunderland joins a new practice. A stranger in a strange land, he must quickly learn the odd dialect and humorous ways of the locals, master outdated equipment, and do his best to mend, treat, and heal pets and livestock alike.
 
This witty and heartwarming collection, based on the author’s own experiences, became an international success, spawning sequels and winning over animal lovers everywhere. Perhaps better than any other writer, James Herriot reveals the ties that bind us to the creatures in our lives.



Editorial Reviews

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“Herriot charms because he delights in life, embraces it with sensitivity and gusto and writes with grace.” —The New York Times Book Review
 
“One of the funniest and most likeable books around.” —The Atlantic
 

From the Publisher

Here is the heartwarming true story of Dr. James Herriot, a country veterinarian whose unique courage, warmth, and natural storytelling ability have captured the heart of American in a very special way!

"A classic of its kind...'miraculous' is not too strong a word!" -- Chicago Times Book World

."Warm, joyous, often hilarious... shines with love of life." -- The New York Times Book Review.


Product Details

  • File Size: 2815 KB
  • Print Length: 497 pages
  • Publisher: Open Road Media (November 15, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0060QM0AG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,331 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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86 of 91 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great and not-so-small December 29, 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
James Herriot was a country veterinarion who lived in Yorkshire before (and after) World War II. His stories are funny, heartwarming, sad, and highly educational. And after reading this, you will either want to be a vet or be very grateful that you aren't one.
The book opens (after a brief chapter taking place several months later) with James arriving in Yorkshire, to be the assistant to the eccentric but kindly Siegfried Farnon (yes, that is his name). He becomes accustomed to Siegfried, Siegfried's mischievous younger brother Tristan (yes, that is his name), and the gruff, kindly farmers who eke out a living in the Yorkshire Dales. Pampered pooches who are spoiled rotten, savage pigs who chase Tristan around the farm, a nightmarishly strict secretary who drives Siegfried up the wall, James's car-with-no-brakes, cows running on three cylinders, a sadistic vet who makes James wear a rubber bodysuit, and an elderly, immensely wealthy widow who adopts a pig. And through this, James falls in love with the beautiful Helen Alderson and worms his way into the trust of the farmers.
James Herriot (real name, James Wight) was truly a one-of-a-kind man. He let readers into his head throughout the book, where the cows kick him across the yard, farmers often treat him as an interloper or a nuisance, and his boss gives contradicting orders from one day to the next. But he never loses his drive or his love of animals. (Okay, he hates some animals, but only as individuals) He even lets the readers see him at his worst, when he's humiliated by some recalcitrant livestock, and one horrible scene where he and his date show up drunk and mud-smeared in front of the girl he adores.
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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars All Creatures Great and Small August 16, 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I want to warn all Herriot devotees that in buying the omnibus editions they are NOT getting all the stories! For example in Jim's courtship of Helen, the episode of the Daffodil Ball is omitted. Let me demonstrate. 'In Let Sleeping Vets Lie' chapter twenty three begins:

"After the night of the Daffodil Ball I just seemed to drift naturally into the habit of dropping in to see Helen on an occasional evening."

However in the omnibus edition we have:

"After the night at the cinema with Helen I just seemed to drift naturally into the habit of dropping in to see Helen on an occasional evening"

How dare they do this? I am extremely annoyed to have spent my money on these omnibus editions. I will now have to go to all lengths to get the original books which Amazon will not ship to New Zealand.

The American publishers think they know better than James Herriot how his stories should unfold. They are wrong.
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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
These stories are true treasures. While the BBC series is amusing, these stories are far more personal. You get to met Dr. Herriot (a pseudonym for James Alfred Wight) who starts as a young veternarian just out of school and joins a country practice. Cows get the better of him, the local Yorkshire farmers one-up him, he gets his car inevitably stuck in the mud and yet prevails as a caring, resourceful vet who loves his quirkly rural clients as much the animals he cares for. He also writes with such laugh-outloud humor and self-deprecation you just wish the book would go on and on. Fortunately, he wrote four more of these books (each named for a line in a hymn) and a memoir of his father, in whose practice he began. They really give you the flavor of rural life in England before and after WWII.
I can't believe these stories are 30 years old, and Dr. Herriot has passed on. Thankfully he left this legacy behind for us to savor. These are books to re-read on dreary days with a cup of tea or just when you really need something to lift your spirits.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Timeless Classic November 17, 2006
By Smash B
Format:Hardcover
What can one say about a masterpiece. For this is truly what this novel is. This is a timeless classic that will endure for generation after generation.

Follow the true adventures of Yorkshire veterinarian James Herriott and his charming comrades as he traverses the Yorkshire dales in the 1930's attending to the ailing animals that he loved so dearly. You'll feel every mile as he bumps along over the fells and moors. You'll see all the wild beauty of the extraordinary Yorkshire territory of England. But most importantly, you'll feel all the emotions tugging at your heart from the hardened Yorkshire farmers to the humorous and warmhearted denizens of Darrowby. You'll meet the inimitable Seigfried Farnon, James's veterinary partner, whose constant contradictions nevertheless fail to conceal a heart truly without malice of any kind and filled with love and generosity. You'll meet Seigfried's brother, Tristan, with his, shall we say, overly relaxed view of life. There's also Helen, the woman who captures James's heart and the hysterically funny Granville Bennett whose eating and drinking prowess is not to be outdone by anyone. Yes, there are these lively characters and more that pepper the pages of this work of literary genius.

But most of all, this novel will leave you with the warmest and coziest of feelings. From the blazing fires in the drawing rooms to the shivering winter nights spent delivering precious new animal lives, you'll be drawn into this world of delight and joy. Don't miss the opportunity of a lifetime to own this enchanting marvel!

Smash B
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
classic...
Published 8 days ago by Tammy M.
5.0 out of 5 stars Creature comfort
James Herriot's books are, for me, the ultimate in comfort books. Which is odd, it occurred to me while listening to this audiobook; there's blood and gore and uterine explorations... Read more
Published 9 days ago by Tracey
5.0 out of 5 stars SIMPLY AWESOME!!!
This book appeals to animal lovers everywhere. Even to some who aren't so interested in animals because of the comedic way of his outstanding writings.
Published 13 days ago by Cheryl L. Jacobs
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed by a new generation
I read this book shortly after it came out in the 1970s, and I thought my son (12) would enjoy it as well. Read more
Published 19 days ago by gingerpeach123
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Excellent book! Would recommend to any reader. Very funny sections, describing issues he faced on a daily basis. Tristan was a hoot!
Published 24 days ago by James Rice
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Enjoyable
This is a autobiography that is written like a novel. The chapters are episodic and well written with good pacing. I read it once before when I was young and loved it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by R. Layne
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Great book for any child or adult interested in Veterinary medicine. Great descriptions of the animals, the old English countryside and life as an old school Vet.
Published 1 month ago by Ray Day
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story of the Animal World
This is a book that persons of any age should enjoy if they have any love of animals. The author is exceptional in his descriptions of a Vet's procedures, touched with humor and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Reginald L. Armfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun read
The original Dr Pol. Great reading that allows me to escape my present position and relax. I'm glad I found it
Published 1 month ago by Lou
5.0 out of 5 stars charming
i have been charmed and delighted by this simple work of simpler times and ways. i found it fun and readable and have been transported to that time and place often when i am fed up... Read more
Published 1 month ago by will crow
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