James Herriot is a master of the pen. He twists and blends the stories into a wonderful long journey for the reader. His descriptions are hilarious and he truly knows how to keep the reader wanting more. Set in the thirties, you see a glimpse of just how primitive medicine was back then. With a mix of cattle, cats, pigs, dogs and sheep as regular patients, he has also included the owners with great depth. His boss, Seigfrid Farnon, the book just comes alive. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, even more so because of the fond memories from the old tv series. Just love Herriot`s style and humour, THE VET book for others to follow.
If I could have given seven stars, I would have given seven stars.
I first read this book some twenty years ago. Since then I must have read it at least 3-4 times. Recently I purchased the Kindle edition of this book and once again I lost myself in the 1930s life of a Yorkshire country vet. To say that I thoroughly enjoyed it is an understatement.
I suspect James Herriot ( a pseudonym) was first a born story teller and then a vet. His felicity with words is simply amazing. Stories happen around everybody but spotting them and then telling them in a compelling manner is an art mastered by few and James Herriot is at the top of the list. I won't describe the stories here. Buy the book and read them. You won't regret your expense.
I remember the first time that I read the stories of James Herriot. Still at high school, and not having a great time of it, these books took me away to a much happier time in history to a life that I have always wanted to replicate. The stories have stood the test of time and are as vibrant as lively as they were forty years ago! Easy to read and painting a clear picture of life in rural England before World War 2, I can't recommend this book enough to anyone who has a love of animals, an interest in real life history and a desire to be reminded that there was a time when life was a lot nicer.
In this particular edition, the print is extremely small, so small that I ended up purchasing the kindle edition in order to read it without getting a headache. I would give this edition one star, but I can't stand to cast any aspersion on anything so wonderful as James Herriot's writing. I would highly recommend getting a different edition of this beautiful book.
I read this book more years ago than I can even remember and enjoyed it just as much now as I did then. It has to be one of the best books ever written if you are looking for a gentle heart-warming read. To me it is just so nice to read a story that is so down to earth and about real people
I love the James Herriot books. They are such delightful, feel good stories & made an easy enjoyable read. He loved his work, the people, the animals & esp the countryside which he marveled at continuously. He writes so vividly you can see it & why he loves it so. He gets himself into situations anyone, esp anyone in the healthcare profession, will be able to relate to. I got this as a Christmas gift for a friend who read one of mine & loved it.
I first came across this series of novels back in the 1970s and, despite being an avid fan of the TV series, this was first time I have revisited the novels since my first reading. Suffice to say, I was not disappointed with these wonderful stories of a young James Herriot, his partner Siegfried Farnon and his amiable but mischievous brother, Tristan. A pure delight to read.
As far as my family is concerned, James Herriot is one of the very best authors ever, and his books among the most enjoyable. This one is no exception. The fact that the stories are true add much to the books. But what conquers our hearts of readers is the human spirit behind the stories: his devoted live for animals, his kindness, his humility. Unsurpassed!