Book Review: All Things Wise and Wonderful

Rating: ★★★★★

This edition of James Herriot’s memoirs sees him being drafted into the United Kingdom’s Royal Air Force to play his part during World War II, leaving behind his veterinary practice and his wife (now expecting young Jimmy).  Although he never sees combat, his description of military training gives an inside view to the training process for pilots in the war, interspersed with plentiful reminiscences of his veterinary practice back in Darrowby.  Throughout this story is a sweet marital love, which colors his every experience, and the warm, wry wit that characterizes his writing is just as splendid as ever.

As in his other books, there are a few examples of coarse language, and there is one scene with a friend engaged in amorous embrace on a sofa (soon to be broken up spectacularly).  But in general, the book is refreshingly wholesome, although occasionally gross, given the duties of a country veterinarian.  Its language is somewhat advanced, and it may be best enjoyed by older teenagers.

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Publication Information: Herriot, James. All Things Wise and Wonderful. James Herriot; St. Martin's Press. 1976. ISBN: 0312335288.
Categories: 5 Stars, Age 16-18, Book Tree,, World Nifty 50
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Posted on August 2, 2010

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