All Things Bright and Beautiful

All Things Bright and Beautiful 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 wonderf

  • Title: All Things Bright and Beautiful
  • Author: James Herriot
  • ISBN: 9780312330866
  • Page: 111
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 world.Now in a new 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 world.Now in a new edition for the first time in a decade, All Things Bright and Beautiful is the beloved sequel 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, and delight in his portraits of his many, varied animal patients and their equally varied owners Humor, 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

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    About “James Herriot

    • James Herriot

      James Herriot is the pen name of James Alfred Wight, OBE, FRCVS also known as Alf Wight, an English veterinary surgeon and writer Wight is best known for his semi autobiographical stories, often referred to collectively as All Creatures Great and Small, a title used in some editions and in film and television adaptations.In 1939, at the age of 23, he qualified as a veterinary surgeon with Glasgow Veterinary College In January 1940, he took a brief job at a veterinary practice in Sunderland, but moved in July to work in a rural practice based in the town of Thirsk, Yorkshire, close to the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors, where he was to remain for the rest of his life The original practice is now a museum, The World of James Herriot.Wight intended for years to write a book, but with most of his time consumed by veterinary practice and family, his writing ambition went nowhere Challenged by his wife, in 1966 at the age of 50 , he began writing In 1969 Wight wrote If Only They Could Talk, the first of the now famous series based on his life working as a vet and his training in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War Owing in part to professional etiquette which at that time frowned on veterinary surgeons and other professionals from advertising their services, he took a pen name, choosing James Herriot If Only They Could Talk was published in the United Kingdom in 1970 by Michael Joseph Ltd, but sales were slow until Thomas McCormack, of St Martin s Press in New York City, received a copy and arranged to have the first two books published as a single volume in the United States The resulting book, titled All Creatures Great and Small, was an overnight success, spawning numerous sequels, movies, and a successful television adaptation.In his books, Wight calls the town where he lives and works Darrowby, which he based largely on the towns of Thirsk and Sowerby He also renamed Donald Sinclair and his brother Brian Sinclair as Siegfried and Tristan Farnon, respectively Wight s books are only partially autobiographical Many of the stories are only loosely based on real events or people, and thus can be considered primarily fiction.The Herriot books are often described as animal stories Wight himself was known to refer to them as his little cat and dog stories , and given that they are about the life of a country veterinarian, animals certainly play a significant role in most of the stories Yet animals play a lesser, sometimes even a negligible role in many of Wight s tales the overall theme of his stories is Yorkshire country life, with its people and their animals primary elements that provide its distinct character Further, it is Wight s shrewd observations of persons, animals, and their close inter relationship, which give his writing much of its savour Wight was just as interested in their owners as he was in his patients, and his writing is, at root, an amiable but keen comment on the human condition The Yorkshire animals provide the element of pain and drama the role of their owners is to feel and express joy, sadness, sometimes triumph The animal characters also prevent Wight s stories from becoming twee or melodramatic animals, unlike some humans, do not pretend to be ailing, nor have they imaginary complaints and needless fears Their ill health is real, not the result of flaws in their character which they avoid mending In an age of social uncertainties, when there seem to be no remedies for anything, Wight s stories of resolute grappling with mysterious bacterial foes or severe injuries have an almost heroic quality, giving the reader a sense of assurance, even hope Best of all, James Herriot has an abundant humour about himself and his difficulties He never feels superior to any living thing, and is ever eager to learn about animal doctoring, and about his fellow human creaturecmillan author jamesh

    381 thoughts on “All Things Bright and Beautiful

    • Dogs, cows, horses, sheep, cats and more 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 DalesThe 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 snobb [...]

    • 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.

    • In fact it set me to thinking about the big question 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 [...]

    • 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 more 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.

    • 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.

    • “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 [...]

    • “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 Englan [...]

    • 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 missed.I can't recommend these highly enough.

    • Just about as hilarious as "All Creatures Great and Small," although I felt a rising panic every time Granville Bennett showed up. Towards the end of the book World War II arrives and Herriot, Tristan, and Siegfried have to enlist, so there were some moving chapters when James takes leave of the Dales. As with the first book, plenty of drinking (Granville Bennett!) and swearing (Siegfried!).

    • While the second of James Herriot's (or more to the point Alfred Wight's) semi-biographical veterniarian memoir omninbusses, while his All Things Bright and Beautiful (which contains the also singly released novels Let Sleeping Vets Lie and Vet in Harness) migh very well be considered a trife more episodic and anecdotal than All Creatures Great and Small (than the author's first omnibus), it is generally and for the most part as entertaining, as evocative and yes, as enlightening a reading exper [...]

    • The adventures of a young vet in charming Yorkshire during the 30s continue. Quaint, nostalgic and light-hearted, the perfect comfort read

    • I always enjoy rereading James Herriot's memoirs of his experiences as a veterinarian in Yorkshire in the first half of the previous century. His tales of treating farm animals and household pets, and of the human characters he met along the way, are what I have to describe as "heart-warming". They're not saccharine, though, I promise. He's funny, too. Even though I've read his stories multiple times since middle school, I find myself laughing aloud.This book comes second in the standard sequenc [...]

    • This sale has ended, but another volume of Mr. Herriot's, All Things Wise and Wonderful, has gone on sale for Kindle for $1.99. You can get it over here.********************************Another of James Herriot's hilarious and heartwarming memoirs, this book is on sale starting today at Kindle for only $1.99. I highly, highly recommend the entire collection of his books. You will not be disappointed. Get a copy here.

    • Gorgeous. A slightly more mature follow-up to "All Creatures Great and Small." In this collection, Herriott is married, gets drunk on the job, and cares for a variety of pets and farm animals. I'll listen to the other "sequels" but I'm in less of a hurry to do so than after the first of the series.

    • A beautiful wonderful book. All the stories were my favorites and at the end of listening to this I was tempted to just start it over again.

    • BUENO, aunque no tan increíblemente maravilloso como el anterior. Las historias son un poco más repetidas, y además se nota que el autor ya sabe que lo que escribe va a ser leído, entonces a veces fuerza un poco el "punch line" de sus anécdotas.¡Pero igual bueno! Y, ya lo dije, me dan ganas de haber nacido en otra época, o de hacer que en ésta vuelva esa sensibilidad e intimidad hacia TODOS los animales, y no solamente hacia los perros y gatos que, dicho sea de paso, era "de debiluchos" [...]

    • All Things Bright and Beautiful picks up where All Creatures Great and Small leaves off: with Jim's wedding to Helen. (I remember as a kid it confused the heck out of me that the books didn't go in the same order as the lines in the hymn did.) However, the book is not strictly chronological. One of the things that makes it such a leisurely, wonderful read is that the chapters are mostly self-contained. This is a wonderful book to listen to on a road trip because the chapters read a bit like shor [...]

    • There are some books you read where you just wish you could live in the world the writer portrays. James Herriot is like that for me. His stories of 30s rural Yorkshire life as a vet are warm and engaging, funny and lively. He has the ability to stir the soul, as when he writes about treating the last plow horse before tractors take over farmwork, and the funnybone, as when he describes his dealing with his crazy boss, Sigfreid. This is another book of short stories, loosely held together as one [...]

    • Another Herriot book, they're just so soothing to read. I mean, nothing much really seems to happen. You don't ever hang on the edge of your seat because of the suspense, it's just pleasant. Here, let me tell you about these wonderful animals I once treated in a nice farm out in Yorkshire. That's all this book is somehow, and yet I love it! It's wonderful!Of course, it helped that I was reading this while on holiday in Britain, so I was going to all these places mentioned in the book, which was [...]

    • I enjoyed this book because it is essentially about work and how to make your work a career you can be proud to remember in your retirement. Newly married and yet still subject to calls at all hours of the day and night, Herriot has the slightly world weary amusement of a country veterinarian. This book is great because you get to meet animals with personalities as eccentric as their owners and appreciate what it is like to deal with pregnant horses, cows, pigs and goats. The author also has a g [...]

    • I read this delightful series of books back in the 1970s when they were first released. I was a teenager then, and I find that a lot of the books I loved as a teenager are not as enjoyable to me when I reread them as an adult. Not the case here. Although I did listen to the audio version this time instead of actually reading the book, I found it just as delightful and pleasant as I did when reading it all those years ago. The reader on the audio version's voice complemented the written word, and [...]

    • Another lovely book by James Herriot, veterinary doctor and author. As usual, each sentence manages to be matter of fact as well as filled with the love of animals, nature and mankind. Poignant stories, weird stories, funny stories all the facts of rural life narrated with compassion, benevolence and humor.Don't read or listen to this in public. This will make you cry, exclaim, and finally laugh out loud (in that area the anecdotes including Granville Bennett were priceless) without restraint.

    • I'm still very much enjoying this series that is masterfully narrated on audiobook by Christopher Timothy, the actor who played James Herriot in the BBC TV series.

    • This was a well-written and informative book. It is also quite comforting to return to these characters and the scenery. This is one of the best books that I've listened to in a while.

    • James Herriot is one of my all-time favorite authors and I firmly believe that everyone should read at least one of his books (if you can manage to stop at one). His acute depiction of human nature as well as his incredible writing and delightful sense of humor make this a book that is practically perfect in every way.

    • This is Herriot's second book about his vet practice in rural England in the 1930s. This one starts just after he has married Helen and ends with him joining the Air Force (presumably just before the war?). At this point, he is trying to expand the practice (which includes brothers, Siegfried and Tristan) to include more small animals (pets). He is such a great storyteller! Not only does he include stories about the animals he treated, but he has stories about the people, in general. You can tel [...]

    • On audio another wonderful continuation of James Herriot's veterinary adventures on the Yorkshire Dales and Moors as well as in the town of Darrowby. Loved all the stories of working and healing the animals (esp. the dog stories). My only gripe is on audio, the music that comes in and out is a bit distracting, but that's minor. This book wasn't quite as good as the first, probably because he meets and courts Helen in the first, but it was still great! Really special on audio too for you get the [...]

    • I love this book, and all the books in the James Herriot "vitinery" series. I always cry when I read them; from the love of the animals, the beauty of the Yorkshire Dales, the power of love and laughter in the writing, and a nostalgia for that time and place although I was not born yet nor am I British. I've read this book before and will probably read it again. These stories of the animals and people of the Yorkshire Dales and their veterinarian James Herriot are classics and beloved by animal [...]

    • This was like a trip down memory lane I was one of millions of children who watched the old TV series so many years ago. This time I listened to the audiobook; a very relaxing and enjoyable autobiographical collection of anecdotes and short stories leading up to the Second World War. Totally recommendable to anyone who likes animals and rural life in general.

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