|Plot Summary of All Things Bright and Beautiful|
|"The second book in James Herriot's series about his life as a country vet, All Things Bright and Beautiful is about the time between his marriage to Helen and his calling-up for WWII, with some flashbacks to his bachelor days. Again, this book contains stories from his practice and his daily life - the animals, the people he meets, his partner Siegfried, his partner's brother Tristan, his wife. By turns funny, sad, and insightful, this book is another of Herriot's classics."
Ivy, Resident Scholar
|"This book describes problems the author has to face in order to become a full-fledged 9-to-5 and beyond working vet. He struggles through his first job as a vet and comes out with flying colors, with the help of his ever-ready boss and partner Siegfried, and Siegfried's brother, Tristan. He describes his carefree days as a bachelor, living with these two eccentric brothers, and how he is accepted by the farming community they serve.
He also tells of Tristan's way of slipping out of sticky situations, and how he manages to keep out of trouble himself.
The most poignant recollections are those, when he meets his future wife Helen, and gets to know her better. He describes not only the people around him, and how they teach him the lessons of life, but also the animals he treats.
In all he writes simply of what happened to him in his starting years as a vet, and tells of how, he overcomes all difficulties he faces in those times."
Gargi, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of All Things Bright and Beautiful|
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Kind of animal:
- dog (non-Pomeranian)
Period of greatest activity?
Subject of Biography
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
How sensitive is this person?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Strong but gentle sense of humor
- Average intelligence
- average physique
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 4 ()
- lot of descript of animal care
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- no torture/death
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Book makes you feel?
- very happy
Is book humorous?
If humorous, kind of humor
- eccentric personalities
Commentary on society?
Writer's slant towards subject:
- very favorable
Story of entire life, or part?
- story of set of events during life
Is this a biography of several people?
How much dialogue in bio?
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
- significantly more descript than dialog
How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?
- 76%-100% of book
How much is philosophy rather than life story?
- 0-25% of book
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