“All Creatures Great & Small” by James Herriot Book Review

“All Creatures Great and Small” by James Herriot is a prominent book which consists of a series of episodes that were the part of the author’s veterinary practice. The author of the book is its main protagonist, and the plot is told in a very interesting manner, including many anecdotes and interesting notes about treating animals, communicating with clients and farmers, and the author’s participation in the social and cultural life of the Dales. The plot of the book shows the growth and development of the author’s veterinary career. Thus, with love and humor, the author tells the story about animals and their mutual relations with a man.

Summarizing the book’s plot, it can be also said that animals are an important part of this book, but an equally important part of it also includes stories about people who lived around the author. Herriot very accurately characterizes the social situation in England in the thirties – the era of general unemployment, when even an experienced graduate was forced to seek a place under the sun. The author was lucky: he found a job as the assistant to the vet Siegfried Farnon, and it was a place with a table, a roof over his head and he got the right to work 24 hours a day without days off – in the rain, mud and slush. Summing up the results of the own work, Herriot states that these hard conditions helped him to see the true fullness of life, mentioning a special variation of satisfaction, which was brought not by the acquisition of material goods, but by the consciousness that he was doing the necessary and useful work, doing it well in spite of everything.

Thus, the book “All Creatures Great and Small” written by James Herriot is a beautiful artistic illustration of the difficult, sometimes dramatic, in some cases unsafe, but always important work of a rural veterinarian. Professional interpretation of episodes is strictly scientific and can be very interesting for the daily activities of any veterinary specialist, wherever he labored. The author shows a variety of different characters, not embellishing them at all. He finds something amazing almost in every hero of his narrative, describing a touchingly kind attitude towards his wards, whether it is an old cow, a retired horse or a dog. This book will be extremely interesting for lovers of literature about animals.

Work Cited

Herriot, J. All Creatures Great and Small. St. Martin’s Griffin, 2014.

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