All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot

Summary: Fresh out of college, James Herriot arrives in Yorkshire, England to act as assistant to the local veterinarian.  He quickly finds practicing medicine vastly different from what he had expected.  The job requires him to labor at all hours of the night and day, often in bad weather, and healing animals proves difficult, dirty, and sometimes dangerous.  Even so, Herriot grows to love the countryside, its inhabitants, and his work. In All Creatures Great and Small, he gives vignettes of life as a country vet, chronicling his defeats, his triumphs, and his never-ending wonder at the miracle of life.

Review:  Readers will fall in love with James Herriot as he describes his days as a young veterinarian.  Herriot disarms his audience with his authentic and unassuming voice, presenting himself as an ordinary man constantly experiencing the world as if for the first time.  His delight and wonder prove infectious as he paints a picture of a life full of the unexpected and often uncomfortable, but one always worth living.  His ability to laugh at himself gives levity and charm to the book and readers will finish feeling warm and good inside–and wanting more.

Published: 1972


2 thoughts on “All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot

    • Krysta says:

      I’ve wanted to read Herriot since middle school and, now that I have, I can’t wait to read the rest of his works! It’s so refreshing to find a book that really celebrates life.


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