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All Creatures Great and Small Free read Þ 106 È The classic multimillion copy bestsellerDelve into the magical unforgettable world of James Herriot the world's most beloved veterinarian and his menagerie of heartwarming funny and tragic animal patientsFor over forty years generations of readers have thrilled to Herriot's marvelous taleThe classic multimillion copy bestsellerDelve into the magical unforgettable world of James Herriot the world's most beloved veterinarian and his menagerie of heartwarming funny and tragic animal patientsFor over forty years generations of readers have thrilled to Herriot's marvelous tales deep love of life and extraordinary storytelling abilities For decades Herriot roamed the remote beautiful Yorkshire Dales treating every patient that came his way from smallest to largest and observing animals and humans alike with his keen loving eyeIn All Creatures. It's semi astonishing that I've been married to a veterinarian for a year and a half which followed a year and nine months of datingengagement in which time I went on many emergency calls with her to treat sick horses and the occasional goat adopted a dog and a second cat to go with the first one my dearly beloved already owned and various and other sundry proximity to a vet type stuff has gone down AND YET only now have I finally said to myself Hunh I should read that James Herriot guyIf I had to sum up All Creatures Great and Small in two words it would be overwhelmingly pleasant with a temptation to throw in a delightful as well Herriot writes with charming self effacement about his early days as a country veterinarian in England in the late 30's He has a never ending supply of anecdotes most of them funny the rest simply heartwarming He learns the hard way that his years of book learning don't compare to the things you actually learn on the job; that you can't argue with the boss even when they completely contradict themselves because hey they're the boss; that losing track of how many pints of beer or tumblers of whiskey you've had on a first date or a job interview is a bad idea Obviously bonus points in my estimation for the number of funny drunk stories along the way But the best thing the book has going for it is the way that it unfailingly reinforces the simple notion that life is good Every story has a happy ending whether it's the hours spent getting kicked and wearing himself out in the freezing cold middle of the night to help a cow deliver twin calfs or the last minute acuisition of an experimental vaccine that saves a litter of kittens from an epidemic sweeping a farm or even the vindication after putting a horse to sleep of knowing that it really was the best thing to end the animal's suffering And every time Herriot feels like a fool for choosing the arduous unrewarding life of a country vet he breathes the fresh air and feels the sun on his face or watches a mother animal lick its newborn baby clean or gets a fresh baked pork pie from a grateful farmer's wife and he realizes it's all worth it That's the main thing I want out of life to never run out of those moments where even though I can still recall and recount the difficult frustrating maddening things that happen all the time I still revel in the sweet moments that make it all worthwhile And for a book to sustain that exact feeling for 500 pages is uite a feat

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Great and Small we meet the young Herriot as he takes up his calling and discovers that the realities of veterinary practice in rural Yorkshire are very different from the sterile setting of veterinary school Some visits are heart wrenchingly difficult such as one to an old man in the village whose very ill dog is his only friend and companion some are lighthearted and fun such as Herriot's periodic visits to the overfed and pampered Pekinese Tricki Woo who throws parties and has his own stationery and yet others are inspirational and enlightening such a. October 14 2019I have just finished reading and as expected I have nothing much to add to my review Except that I enjoyed it just as much as ever October 5 2019 I am starting my second 'official' reading of this book but it is actually the umpty second time I've opened it up to escape for a time to James Herriot's wonderful world I very greatly doubt i will have anything different to say when I finish this go round The reason I am diving into the Yorkshire Dales again is that I just finished reading The Real James Herriot A Memoir of My Father and I simply have to revisit my old friends And after this I will read the other four Herriot books on my shelves I've also read them numerous times but 'unofficially' and many many years ago So that is why we are here and now let's all go to Skeldale HouseOriginal review October 4 2015I've read this book so many times over the years yet every single time I get to the last word on the last page I am ready to go back to chapter one and start all over From the first day of Herriot's arrival at Skeldale House being greeted by a tsunami of leaping barking dogs to the week of tuberculin testing that brings the book to a close we share the moments of joy laughter tears nerves confidence mix ups and triumphs involved in his Yorkshire veterinary practice of the 1930'sWe meet the Farnon brothers and many interesting people around the Dales not to mention wonderful animals that will live forever just as the human characters will Who could ever forget Tricki Woo Or that Labrador whose howling while coming out of the anesthetic drove poor Tristan half out of his mind That huge farm horse that leaned so comfortably on Herriot while his foot was being examinedthe list could go on and onIt is always a pleasure to re visit Darrowby even when I know ahead of time how every crisis turns out Herriot fills these pages with his love for his job his joy for life and his fascination with the people and animals around him And if a story about any case makes Herriot appear a bit silly it is still included creating an even stronger sense of reality because we all have stories that now make us laugh but then made us cringe My thanks to Herriot for sharing everything with us not only here but in all the other books he wrote each one is a treasure

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All Creatures Great and SmallS Herriot's recollections of poor farmers who will scrape their meager earnings together to be able to get proper care for their working animals From seeing to his patients in the depths of winter on the remotest homesteads to dealing with uncooperative owners and critically ill animals Herriot discovers the wondrous variety and never ending challenges of veterinary practice as his humor compassion and love of the animal world shine forthJames Herriot's memoirs have sold 80 million copies worldwide and continue to delight and entertain readers of all age. There are no negatives in this book When I first read it them as I read Herriot's vet stories one book after anotherI would read them late at night in bed after my wife had gone to sleep Freuently I'd be laughing silently but laughing so hard I'd shake the bed Now and again I'd look over and see her just looking at me having been awakened by my convulsions of mirth Then I'd end up reading aloud for hourscosting us both much needed rest