Wednesday, May 2, 2012

All Creatures Great and Small, James Herriot

They didn't say anything about this in the books, I thought, as the the snow blew in through the gaping doorway and settled on my naked back. 

This is the story of James Herriot, a country veterinarian. Actually, Herriot wrote many books about his experiences, but I think this is the first one. It had a lot of humor in it, from the hilarious (though I'm sure they weren't at the time) procedures that he goes through with different animals, to Siegfried Farnon, the quirky and odd vet who Herriot is assistant too. There were always great descriptions of the English countryside as well as the amusing people who live there. The repartee between Siegfried and his younger brother Tristan as well as between Siegfried and their secretary Miss Harbottle is really side-splitting. Herriot narrates throughout with a typical British humor, though he is fairly cheerful. He describes his various cases and what life is like in the countryside.

Read All Creatures Great and Small:
  • if you like animals (particularly farm animals)
  • if you like humorous but heartwarming books
  • if you are interested in veterinarians
499 pages.

Very Good! I would recommend this book!

1 comment:

  1. I've been meaning to get to these books for a long time, but never have. They sound so fun! Good review.