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All Things Wise and Wonderful - Book 1

Book 1: All Things Wise and Wonderful
Writer: James Herriot
Genre: Autobiography/Short Stories
Pages: 440 (On page 203)
My Rating: (Pending..."A"?)


Description of book from http://www.bn.com :

In the midst of World War Two, James is training for the Royal Air Force, while going home to Yorkshire whenever possible to see his very pregnant wife, Helen. Musing on past adventures through the dales, visiting with old friends, and introducing scores of new and amusing characters--animal and human alike--Herriot enthralls us once again with his uncanny ability to spin a most engaging and heartfelt yarn.

My thoughts:

All Things Wise and Wonderful is the second in a trio of books by James Herriot. While autobiographical, the book is more in a short story format with each chapter being a story. While the book is very good, I can only read about 2-3 chapters at a time. James Herriot is no longer a new city boy becoming a country vet. He's now a fully certified vet and is partnered in a practice with his past mentor/supervisor, Siegfried, in Darrowby, Scotland. Herriot recounts the memories of his veterinary experiences with his animal patients and the ecclectic owners with a subtle humor. Herriot brings you with him on his calls and describes his situations with meticulous, yet not overbearingly so, detail. The relationship between Siegfried and his (Siegfried's) brother, Tristan, are always good for a laugh as well. I'd say this book is good for anyone who loves animals and the country/farm environment.

Next book in the queue: Unknown

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