ALL THINGS BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL by James Herriot

ALL THINGS BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL

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KIRKUS REVIEW

It was a great surprise, the sizeable sucess of Herriot's All Creatures Great and Small (1972) -- the memoirs of the early training and practice of a Yorkshire vet. This sequel carries Herriot's sage of calipers and syringe from his partnership with crusty vet Siegfried, and his marriage, to his callup for WW II -- and it has the same sunny appeal. Again Herriot remembers case after case lambing ewes or calving cows, equine patients galloping off in the distance, pet dogs and cats and even a budgie. Nearly all the sweaty dramas have a happy ending. Wretched or expiring animals in barns or surgery, wisecracking farmers and tearful owners await the moment when Herriot has that lucky break, that happy hunch, or gives a just right twist with soapy arms -- and the animal struggles to its feet while Herriot shares its pleasure and relief. And there's that Yorkshire countryside where farmers take long steps and are apt to make nowt out of summat. A sure thing.

Pub Date: Sept. 27th, 1974
ISBN: 0312020309
Publisher: St. Martin's Press