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All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot

All Creatures Great and Small opens in the middle of a wintry night, as James Herriot is called to deliver a calf at the Dinsdales' farm. The night is freezing, and Herriot finds himself on the cobblestone floor of a dilapidated barn, struggling with a cow. The delivery is not going well, and the hours roll by. Herriot's situation is made more complicated by a relative of the farmers. Uncle, as this man is called, has a veterinarian of his own, and he constantly reminds Herriot that his vet is much more qualified and capable, better built, and much more educated than he is. As the night drags on, Herriot begins to lose hope that the calf can be saved. Just as he is about to give up, the calf's tongue reacts to his probing.
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All Creatures Great and Small Summary

James starts the memoir with his exit from vet school, full of hopes in a bad economy and the idealisms and terrors of youth. His first interview with the eccentric Dales vet Siegfried Farnon provides a job, a home, and a host of spastic but lovable friends, including Tristian Farnon, a vet-to-be who spends more time partying that studying. Filling his growing pangs as a vet and a man with stories of colloquial characters, Herriot captures the human spirit in an open, warm manner, bringing the people from his life fully alive and giving readers plenty of laughs and tears along the way. This shows a growth and a nostalgia, but no bitterness, just an ever expanding sense of wonder at the unspooling of time. Herriot shows true bonding, true love, and true humanity telling of experiences in such a way that non-medical and non-vet readers are still engaged, brutally tense, and passionately involved. Time melts away as he tells his stories and we trudge with him through freezing barns at late hours for a calving or, even more difficult, on a disastrous date.

Delve into the magical, unforgettable world of James Herriot, the world's most beloved veterinarian, and his menagerie of heartwarming, funny, and tragic animal patients. For over forty years, generations of readers have thrilled to Herriot's marvelous tales, deep love of life, and extraordinary storytelling abilities. For decades, Herriot roamed the remote, beautiful Yorkshire Dales, treating every patient that came his way from smallest to largest, and observing animals and humans alike with his keen, loving eye. In All Creatures Great and Small , we meet the young Herriot as he takes up his calling and discovers that the realities of veterinary practice in rural Yorkshire are very different from the sterile setting of veterinary school. Some visits are heart-wrenchingly difficult, such as one to an old man in the village whose very ill dog is his only friend and companion, some are lighthearted and fun, such as Herriot's periodic visits to the overfed and pampered Pekinese Tricki Woo who throws parties and has his own stationery, and yet others are inspirational and enlightening, such as Herriot's recollections of poor farmers who will scrape their meager earnings together to be able to get proper care for their working animals.

Chapter 1 Herriot is having a hard time with a calving in the dead of winter. Chapter 2 Herriot remembers the day he came to talk to his would-be boss, Siegfried Farnon, with only a little hope that he would get a paid position. Times are bad in England, and most students that graduated with Herriot are lucky to find work just to pay their board. Chapter 3 Herriot goes on farm calls with Farnon in this chapter. He is grateful to be doing real work, and feels that this is the best way to show Farnon that he is qualified for the position. At their last call he gets kicked by a cow.

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All Creatures Great and Small is a book made up of a series of episodes that occur in the first two years of the veterinary practice of the protagonist, James Herriot. The plot is told through short anecdotes about treating animals, meeting farmers and other clients, and participating in the culture of the Dales. Herriot is hired as the assistant to the vet Siegfried Farnon. Siegfried has his veterinary practice in the town of Darrowby, in the Yorkshire Dales in England. The house is cared for by Mrs. Hall , who fixes them all their meals. He has varied experiences, often having to rush to farms in the middle of the night to tend to his patients.

All Creatures Great and Small is the memoir of a country veterinarian that includes many different kinds of stories, from ridiculous anecdotes to tear-jerking memories. The book begins as Herriot starts off on his own after veterinary school. He is desperate to find a job and is offered the position as an assistant to Dr. Siegfried Farnon in Darrowby. Little does Herriot know what his acceptance of this position will mean for the rest of his life. Happy to have a job, he launches headlong into his new career. Herriot's first veterinary visit is a reminder that the life of a country vet is not the same as that of a city vet in a clean office.


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