All Creatures Great And Small By James Herriot

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1. Introduction

As far as I can remember, I’ve always been captivated by the lifestyles of the countryside folks. The way they live their lives, interacted with each other, how they manage their day-to-day lives, their relationship with their family and animals, their cultures and all those simple things.

I stumbled across the book All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot quite by chance. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book because the cover and the name itself never appealed me. I started out on this book just to kill time but in the end, I immensely enjoyed it. While reading this book I got indulged into the magical and memorable world of James Herriot and his salad of heartwarming, funny and tragic patients. This memoir of James Herriot also flashes the simple and laid back lives of the countryside folks. It exhibits their struggles, cultures, etiquette, hardships and relationships. Surprisingly for me , I found this book to be “overwhelmingly pleasant” as I wasn 't interested in it at first. Reading this book gives me that warm and realistic feeling. The stories that are depicted in this book is loosely based on Herriot 's life as a young veterinarian in the rough English countryside pre-WWII. There he encounters many different people and animals from dogs and cats to livestock.

From the first day of Herriot 's arrival at Skeldale House, being greeted by a troop of leaping, barking dogs, to the week of tuberculin testing that brings the book

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