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I think I have become addicted to Herriot's style of writing in his other books where he will provide us with stories of his day-to-day experiences with the animals and their owners. The effect is more immediate--he tells how the phone awakens him in the night and every detail of what happens when he reaches the side of the animal who is in labor or in pain or distress of some sort. Never what you would call a true animal lover, I have found that these stories put me in another place--they make me feel compassion for the animals (and their owners). Whereas, in this book he will tell rather typical military stories and then write that he is reminded of the time when he had to go out to a farm and nurse a certain animal back to health. We still get many of the stories which we have learned to crave from our warm and compassionate veterinarian, but the effect isn't as focused. It's still a very good book, but I will say that there were times when his people stories, whether military or civilian, dragged a little for me. I'd find myself eager to return to his animal world. This is where he shines--when describing both the farm animals and the domestic animals whom he treated and, in many cases, learned to love.
I'm very glad that I read this book. I learned more about his multi-faceted life (it was good to get to know his wife better too). I highly recommend the book. Who knew that I, a 66-year-old lady who has kept her distance from animals her whole life, would become so addicted to Herriot's charming animal stories. In a way they read like a series of short mystery stories. The reader, instead of trying to figure out the perpetrator of a crime, is trying to figure out with Herriot, the cause of an animal's health problem. His books make for fascinating reading, and I'm proof that one doesn't have to be a lifelong animal lover to love these books.
There was one story that I thought I had already read, but it may have been in one of the previews.
I also enjoyed him finally having a gotcha moment or two, instead of always being the victim of them.
Well worth getting, especially if Amazon is running a deal on it.
It is so refreshing to read something uplifting and family-oriented these days
and now James Herriot and his time as a vet..
The good thing about the Kindle I have these books close by...
Apparently we cannot have the life Herriot lived, unless we have men Like Sledge to
make it possible..
I recommend all of Herriots books, makes Sledge and other combat veterans sacrifices
This book however, has been my least favorite so far. Don’t get me wrong. I still liked it very much, just not nearly as much as the others that I’ve read. I didn’t particularly care for the start of each chapter with the RAF/WWII anecdotes. If it had been just war stories, I would have been fine with it. But then it would go off in a clumsy sort of way to his pre-war vet days and that was a bit distracting.
One story was about an aristocratic older lady that had a Marmaduke type breed of house dog that continually passed very bad gas. It was very embarrassing for her to even explain to the vet what the trouble was and totally horrendous when she had her high class parties. James draws you along in the story that has a surprising ending as do most of the accounts. It's my antidepressant and my entertainment. I'm hooked.