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Wonderful book, short stories that are captivating
on November 23, 2001
James Herriot's books are delightful - A young country vet who moved to the Yorkshire dales in the 1930s and describes his experiences with the land, people and animals. You instantly feel a strong, common bond with the writer, and are transformed to a simpler, better time. He offers a glimpse into a life that was uncomplicated, peaceful, and without all those things that have come to define us in our society. His books are about people and the country, and the animals that surround them. He never dwells too long on something and as a result his writing style is in its simplicity, captivating. He takes a light-hearted view of himself and his profession - he reveals himself as unexperienced, always ready to have a good laugh about himself without condenscending, and as someone who is not morally or intellectually superior as so many of today's books heros reveal themselves to be. Even though his stories took place before and during the second world war, we do not feel out of place, but instantly at home. His books are divided into short stories, and make for excellent, easy reading, and unnecessary to start at the beginning - You can just start at any chapter in the book and instantly feel you know everything about him, even if you have never read any of his books before.