- File Size: 731 KB
- Print Length: 384 pages
- Publisher: BelleBooks (November 15, 2004)
- Publication Date: November 15, 2004
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005CFL5E8
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #972,797 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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All God's Creatures Kindle Edition
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This book is most of all a love story. Not just about a woman and her husband and children, but also the love that owners have for their animals, the love of someone for their perfect profession and the love of friends for one another.
There is subtle humor in the book. The kind of humor that is natural and a part of real life. Nothing in the book is forced or out of what is ordinary life.
The growth of a marriage and a family and all the pain and joy that go with that are one of the themes. The book is populated by interesting people and fascinating events in the world of veterinary medicine and life in general.
At times we learn almost more than we want to know about how to treat animals. But, during the entire story, I remained interested.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is an animal lover, anyone who has a sense of humor, and anyone who wants to get the feel of the south.
I believe the book is well written, and the characterizations are terrific. The people in this story, are generally the kind of people you would like to sit down and visit with a glass of iced tea nearby. No one is perfect, every one struggles with life. And in the end, they overcome their obstacles in one way or another.
Try it, you'll like it.
It's a light read, as other reviewers have mentioned, but it's a well written one and it's well paced. I didn't want to put it down. If you like horses, you may like this book: horses had the lead in most of the veterinary tales recounted here.
The humor is continuous and handled pretty well too. The heroine, Maggie, starts out as a headstrong young woman and ends up as fairly crusty middle-aged woman, but she's always portrayed with a warm heart and with a strong sense of responsibility to her animal patients and their owners.
Another reviewer noted that the story lacked focus. I wouldn't say that but I will agree that there's a curious gap in the story line; a decade or so seems to be missing. The part of Maggie's life between the time her children were adolescents and the time they had established their own households is glossed over while the rest of Maggie's Life & Times is described in much more detail. It's odd - as though maybe some chapters got cut and left on the editor's floor?
I'm not from the Mississippi Delta but I've visited several times recently and I thought the portrayal of its citizens was pretty believable. In fact, I thought McSparren's depiction of country life in general was good: lots of mud but very little grittiness.
It’s about a very determined young Southern woman named Maggie who became a successful veterinarian at a time when women were still jeered at in science classes and labs, being expected to stay home and suppress their own talents and vocational callings in favor of domestic pursuits. Told in first person, the book is quite realistic, interesting, and generally good humored.
Unfortunately, the narrative also contains profanity, which seemed to pick up in frequency as the story wound down. I finally tired of that and stopped reading about two-thirds of the way through the book. (Alas, I’ll never know how Maggie’s fascinating saga ends.)