Reread this after watching the second season of the new series on PBS. It’s pretty much impossible to recreate Herriot’s cases on camera–all those times he’s lying face down on freezing cobblestones feeling around the inside of a cow and telling us what that’s like–so this was a great reminder of the realities of the actual job.
Told serially, as if many of the chapters were first published as individual articles, which is especially effective in the story of his woefully haphazard courting of Helen. Herriot is refreshingly humble and his character portraits are alternatively hilarious and poignant. Thoroughly enjoyable.
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