james herriot

Philippines
April 1, 2007 4:56pm CST
i love reading books by James herriot. I can easily relate to his experiences. what do you think of his books?
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@kbkbooks (7030)
• Canada
4 Apr 07
I read Herriot many many years ago. I am such an animal lover. I thought at one time about going into vet work but I decided against it because I am sure I would have my heart broken often. I remember being horrified as a young girl about him helping cattle give birth...his stories were so detailed, it was wonderful. When I first moved to Quebec I married a farmers son and quickly learned that this type of event was indeed commonplace. I was anxious to see my first calving, but I have only seen maybe two calvings in my 20 plus years here. One of them was a still born and had to be taken from it's mother's body by putting a chain around his front hooves. It was sad. But I had the happy opportunity to socialize with many fine new calves over the years.
• Philippines
29 May 07
I agree with you that being in the veterinary field would often break your heart. I chose to specialize in small animals rather than the large animals. And although there are a lot of achievements that I have encountered, what really stays with me, would be those sad things that I have encountered. There would be some cases where i have to put an animal to sleep due to a severe diseases. It also breaks my heart, to see some animals being maltreated. But this is one job that I would not want to trade bec it is great working with animals esp after getting their trusts.
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@kbkbooks (7030)
• Canada
30 May 07
I know the emotion would be overcoming for me rather than the achievements taking foreground.
@creematee (2810)
• United States
4 Apr 07
I loved reading the James Harriot books! I think I've read them all. I am waiting patiently for my children to become of age to understand them so I can read them again to them. So fun, so humorous, and just full of such stories! It's hard to believe that they were all true! Giving you a + for making me remember one of my favorite authors I had forgotten about. :)
• Philippines
29 May 07
thanks! ;p my friend and I calls Dr. James Herriot, our 'idol' We are veterinarians as well and could easily identify ourselves with the scenarios that he is describing. We've experienced some of his hardships and achievements. Though, it also helps us prepares us in things that could happen while on the job. He also taught us to look on the brighter side when things seemed to be going wrong. Aside from a great writer, he's also a great veterinarian.
@horsesrule (1961)
• United States
1 Apr 07
I have read James Herriot's books, most of them I think. I enjoyed them. He's very down-to-earth and it is easy to relate to him and his stories and the people and animals that he writes about. In fact, I sometimes wished that I could have his job and meet the people he did. His life seemed very comfortable.
• Philippines
29 May 07
I enjoyed reading his books and would also want to meet the people he did. I agree with you that he's very down-to-earth and find a laughter in his errors rather be self-conscious about them.
@loujac3 (1188)
• United States
1 Apr 07
I have always enjoyed his books. I love the background setting as well as the humorous stories. I always pass them on to friends. I am a dog lover but his stories about horses, cows and sheep are just as interesting. I am an avid reader and I alway have one or two books going. It is such a wonderful getaway when I need a mental vacation.
• Philippines
29 May 07
i do agree with you. The background settings are great. Me and my friends also pass the books around to our other friends. Love James Herriot's humor too ;p
• Philippines
26 Oct 07
Another James Herriot fan here! I have six of his paperbacks plus two stories that were made into children's books. I have a lot of fond memories while reading his stories and until now would often laugh out loud or smile when I remember tidbits like the story about Tristan, the "ghost" and the bicycle or the day when Tricki-woo lost weight and Mrs. Pumphrey was horrified that her "baby" seemed to have been starved :p I'm such a fan that I even researched about this author's life. For those who don't know, were you aware that his real name is James Alfred Wight? :)