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All Things Bright and Beautiful [Reading] ➼ All Things Bright and Beautiful Author James Herriot – A very warm very engaging read The reader falls totally under his spell— Associated Press The second volume in the multimillion copy bestselling seriesMillions of readers have delighted in the wonde Bright and PDF/EPUB ¼ A very warm very engaging read The reader falls totally under his spell— Associated Press The second volume in the multimillion copy bestselling seriesMillions of readers have delighted in the wonderful storytelling and everyday miracles of James Herriot in the over thirty years since his delightful animal stories were first introduced to the worldNow in a new edition for the first time in All Things Epub / a decade All Things Bright and Beautiful is the beloved seuel to Herriot's first collection All Creatures Great and Small and picks up as Herriot now newly married journeys among the remote hillside farms and valley towns of the Yorkshire Dales caring for their inhabitants—both two and four legged Throughout Herriot's deep compassion humor and love of life shine out as we laugh cry Things Bright and PDF È and delight in his portraits of his many varied animal patients and their eually varied ownersHumor realism sensitivity earthiness; animals comic and tragic; and people droll pathetic courageous eccentric—all of whom he views with the same gentle compassion and a lively sense of the sad the ridiculous and the admirable— Columbus Dispatch.

10 thoughts on “All Things Bright and Beautiful

  1. Jason Koivu Jason Koivu says:

    Dogs cows horses sheep cats and die while others are saved some miraculously so in this continuation of James Herriot's series based on his experiences as a vet in the Yorkshire Dales of Northern England The gorgeous Yorkshire Dales The vast and windswept Yorkshire DalesThis time around the country vet deals with drunk farmers gets drunk on the job himself has his Christmas spirit dashed and renewed all in one day laments the disappearance of horses from farms puts up with a snobby intern and gets called up for service in the war raging in Europe Herriot seeing a pair of patientsHerriot gives us victories as well as his embarrassing defeats the latter of which strengthens our love and attachment for the good doctor The narrative is loose enough for Herriot to drop in things like past veterinarian calls and memories of pre married life and coming up short in the eyes of his father in law Like a classic British sitcom tried and true comedy is leaned on and recurring characters such as Mr Pickersgill the know it all who knows nothing and Clancy a massive dog with a temper to match his size make an appearance These things may not be what we came for but they are part of the package and without them the book wouldn't feel whole If the chapters sometimes seem like short stories it's because they essentially are Some are true some are fabricated for sheer pleasure and all are based on Herriot's pen name long career through out the 20th century a time of change in the veterinarian and UK farming industry There's no real overarching plot just a sort of life goes on storyline that vaguely keeps the narrative going The real draw for readers comes from the subject matter and Herriot's keen observations and great ability to spin a highly enjoyable yarn

  2. Julie Julie says:

    I am fully aware that I am about to commit a type of blasphemy but I was born with truth serum in my veins and I just can't be stopped I am about to tell you as respectfully as possible why this book didn't work for me and I'm not trying to hurt anyone's feelings in doing so I had multiple reviewers here on Goodreads who both scolded me and stopped reading my reviews after I gave Eleanor Oliphant 2 stars so don't kid yourself into thinking that doesn't happen on hereThis is a beloved book A beloved book and almost every literate person over the age of 55 has either read this or its predecessor All Creatures Great and SmallIn fact almost every veterinarian I've ever met will cite this book or Herriot's first book or likely all of Herriot's books as their original inspiration to pursue the veterinary sciencesI can think of MANY readers of my acuaintance especially my friends in the horse world who would be riveted by this readI just wasn't one of themMy first problem which hit me right in the face almost as soon as I started reading was Herriot's excessive use of dialect I can grasp that it was meant to be funny and it was meant to give the reader the “feel of the people” but it was so dense I couldn't even grasp the meaning of any of it and I uickly fell into the habit of just flat out skipping over itAnd as to the “feel of the people” Here comes my next problem So I'm slogging through this enjoying some of it skipping some of it and I realize I'm still scratching my head over where Mr Herriot practiced medicine He mentions “here in Scotland” then “here in Yorkshire” and “here in England” Now I'm not British and I've never traveled to the UK and I understand that these areas are rather close together but I still don't understand the vagaries I flipped over the book to read that the back cover describes Mr Herriot as journeying through the “remote hillside farms and valley towns of the Yorkshire Dales”The Yorkshire Dales? Okay I Googled a map of the UK and I could see the Yorkshire Dales but why does he make it so unclear? I then Googled a map of his actual town of “Darrowby” to figure out for once and all where he lived and discovered the following Darrowby is a fictional village in the North Riding of Yorkshire England which was used by James Herriot as the setting for his surgery in his book It Shouldn't Happen to a VetWait What?? A fictional town? I then Googled James Herriot and learned that his real name was James Wight and that his wife's name was actually Joan not Helen as it is in the bookPeople can you understand how ANNOYING this is to me?This book is clearly selling itself as an “autobiographical memoir” In fact it doesn't even come with the disclaimer that This book is a work of fiction on the copyright pageSo DOES “Mr Herriot” have extraordinarily small hands for a vet? And is his real wife Joan a big girl like his fictional wife Helen?? Can't be true; his actual wife would have filed for divorce over how many times he describes her as “big” in this bookAre these even real situations that happened in a real town somewhere written under false names?And my best uestion yet who wrote this book?According to my Google search James Wight aka James Herriot is “best known for these semi autobiographical works beginning with If Only They Could Talk which spawned a series of movies and television series”But this feels like ghost writer territory to meFor those of you who have been in on this “big secret” my reaction probably seems overly sensitive to you I know that all of us as writers are occasional thieves We sometimes steal from the rich characters to give to the poor characters but I think all writers have an obligation to have integrity in their intentions You are either setting out to write about people you know and tell the truth or you are creating a fictional world that stems from your own imaginationI can't help it; I feel ripped off Duped I thought I was reading an autobiographical account of a country veterinarianInstead I feel like I did when the writers of the tv show Dallas blew off an entire bad season by explaining that everything that happened was taken back Turns out it wasn't real; it was just a dreamI don't even understand where they shelve these books at the libraries and bookstores

  3. Sarah Sarah says:

    The second of Herriot's wonderful memoirs of his veterinary practice in mid twentieth century Yorkshire As with All Creatures Great and Small his love for the place the people and the critters is palpable on every page Recommended for everyone especially animal lovers and Anglophiles But be warned some of the medical procedures are pretty gruesome

  4. Melissa Melissa says:

    In fact it set me to thinking about the big uestion of how girls might be expected to behave after marriage One old farmer giving me advice about choosing a wife once said; Have a bloody good look at the mother first lad and I am sure he had a point But if I may throw in my own little word of counsel it would be to have a passing glance at how she acts towards her father Watching her now as she got down and started to serve my breakfast the warm knowledge flowed through me as it did so often that my wife was the sort who just liked looking after a man and I was so very luckyAll Things Bright and Beautiful James Herriot 1974 regarding his life in the thirtiesI realize now that many do not know James Herriot He was a country veterinarian in England After he retired he wrote about his practice Often the tales are hysterically funny exploding cows anyone? Sometimes they are sad What unites everything he writes is a genuine love and compassion for both people and animals He writes with great compassion about the foibles and foolishness of his patients and their ownersYears ago when I worked I commuted a fair distance I had an audio book of some of his animal stories I would often sit it in the car after I got to work so I could finish a story I was the kind of person who often arrived an hour to half an hour early Some of his stories would make me laugh so hard I would almost wet my pantsSo his books are certainly endorsed by meA wave to Sarah Yes we did have the BBC series my parents and us children used to watch them on Sunday afternoons It was one of the few shows I deigned to watch with my parents when I was in HS They were delightful In fact I think I would like to find them on DVD when the girls get biggerAlso I've discovered that the audio book I had was narrated by the fellow who played him on the series and that he has narrated most of the books written by Herriot I should think they will be on my Christmas list at the end of the year

  5. Nate Nate says:

    This series of which I have now read the first two is the most fun you can have reading books They make you want to go to rural England hole up in a cottage drink tea and read some James Herriot I don't want these books to ever end As an aside this isn't a novel rather its a collection of short stories each one just the right length for before bed

  6. Negin Negin says:

    What can I say? I simply love James Herriot He was an absolute natural with story telling This book just like his first is heartwarming and puts the reader through an entire gamut of emotions

  7. Ed Ed says:

    What a marvelous read I'd forgotten how endearing the stories are told by the English countryside vet Lots of rural humor and fascinating insights are offered about the farm animal and small pets world I liked the bucolic descriptions of the small towns and rural countryside I hope to return to continuing the series

  8. Mike (the Paladin) Mike (the Paladin) says:

    The James Herriot books are a bright memory from a difficult time in my life Struggle lightened by the laughter brought through these pages Also some painful moments because life has it's painful moments and they can't be avoided He told them just as he told the others While I have read that the stories related here were not necessarily told in order or as they happened exactly this is a wonderful book these are wonderful books not to be missedI can't recommend these highly enough

  9. Ashley Ashley says:

    “It was one of the most satisfying experiences of my working life Not clever but a magical transformation; from despair to hope from death to life within minutes”James Herriot’s memoirs are my desert island books If I ever embark on an iffy boat trip they’ll be in the top of my bag right next to the matches and Wet Ones They’re comfort reads of the best kind—not in the sense that every story ends happily some don’t and certainly not in the sense that life in rural England was easy it wasn’t but in the sense that whether things go well or go sideways you can be certain of Herriot’s wise and kind words the peacefulness of the Yorkshire countryside and the hard working generous hearted people of Darrowby All Things Bright and Beautiful is brimming with warmth humor and Herriot’s obvious affection for his animal patients—and for their humans As The Washington Post said “It’s a treat a rare one and God knows we all need a treat these days”Herriot didn’t start writing until he was 50 although he’d had the ambition for uite some time I’m grateful his wife challenged him to put pen to paper—and deeply thankful he finally did

  10. Ruth Brennan Ruth Brennan says:

    “Those were the days when I was most grateful I was in country practice; the shirt sleeve days when the bleak menace of the bald heights melted into friendliness when I felt at one with all the airy life and growth about me and was glad that I had become what I never thought I would be a doctor of farm animals” – James HerriotThis book could make the most hardened city dweller want to give up their cosmopolitan lifestyle and buy a farm in the countryside with a couple of pigs sheep and a working dog called Jock Of course only if James Herriot is the local vet and the surrounding countryside are the heather covered fells of North Yorkshire Otherwise his stories will do nicelyAll Things Bright and Beautiful is the second in a trilogy of memoirs about James Herriot’s life as a Scottish country vet in the Yorkshire Dales It’s a book with a sunny disposition full of short chapter stories some happy some sad but with laugh out loud moments never far away If you ever need to know how to return a cow’s uterus to its rightful place this is the book for you You don’t need to love animals to enjoy this book but it certainly helpsI'm pleased to say it’s not all “soapy arm up the rear end” Herriot introduces us to farmers and townsfolk his crusty partner and fun loving brother and his good humoured long suffering wife Herriot sent on a shopping mission to furnish their new bedsit returns home instead with a weighty smelly ancient set of The Geography of the World in Twenty Four VolumesHe takes us traipsing through fields eating freshly baked cake in tiny farmhouse kitchens chasing ghosts through woodland and drinking until we can barely walk in village pubsIt was a tough life but Herriot was a patient gentle and kind man with as much an understanding of the people he met as with the biology of the animals he treated He sees farmers as “the salt of the earth” – hardworking honest pragmatic frustrating but ever hopefulIt’s slightly unfair that a talented and bright vet full of empathy for man and beast could also write so beautifully His writing seems effortless almost like he’s there sitting on the sofa next to you telling you his stories I can see why they translated so well to the small screen I haven’t seen any of these yet Have you? What did you think?I’ve put All Creatures Great and Small and All Things Wise and Wonderful on my birthday wish list But I’ll read them differently These are ‘dipping’ books One or two chapters a night just before sleep And I’ll add James Herriot to my Bill Bryson’sthe perfect way to while away those pesky night time hours when sleep is elusive

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