James Herriot’s All Creatures Great and Small is well-deservedly a classic. Part autobiography and part fiction, it covers the beginning of the narrator’s career in veterinary practice in the Yorkshire Dales in the 1930s. This involves a whole lot of time in cold barns with a soapy arm inside large animals having trouble giving birth.
The novel is separated into chapters that are more like short stories, and shows off both excellent timing and a great eye for humanity, but what puts it in the league of classics is the author’s clear love for both the people and animals he deals with in his practice.
While there’s plenty of drama and frustration in All Creatures Great and Small, it’s the kind of novel that keeps a smile on your face all the way through.
Give yourself a treat and read it.
Posted Friday, 14 September, 2007 by Nic Lindh
Another book roundup, including some stellar athletes and soldiers, what might be the most jaded, soul-weary protagonist ever, and some grimdark fantasy.
The Internet is getting creepy, and Nic is breaking out his tinfoil hat after newspaper paywalls push him over the edge.
Nic is tired of tech sites obsessing over Apple’s financials and business strategy. So very tired.
Nic reads a book about the processed food industry and is incensed.
Computers are complicated. This brings out the irrational in people.
Nic proposes the loan word Rechthaberei be incorporated into American English.
The Core Dump is back! Books were read during the hiatus. Includes The Coldest Winter, Oh, Myyy!, Tough Sh*t, The Revolution Was Televised, The Rook, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, Gun Machine, Fortress Frontier, Standing in Another Man’s Grave, and The Memory of Light.
This site will return in February.
From a true patriot to a world-weary detective, a dead god, and a civilization about to sublime from the galaxy, this book roundup spans the gamut. Includes Where Men Win Glory, Wild, Inside the Box, The Black Box, Three Parts Dead, Red Country, and The Hydrogen Sonata.
Springsteen gives a concert in Phoenix. It’s fantastic.