I know a lot of folks love this series of books, but this first one just doesn't seem very well written to me. I'm trying to put a finger on it, but perhaps it's not the writing but the subject and characters I just don't connect with as well as I'd like. Barry, Fingal, and Kinky make an interesting household and the small town characters are comic, pitiable, or despicable in turn. Perhaps the time period just doesn't strike a nerve for me (even though it's during my lifetime). The best part for me was the glossary of Irish Gaelic words/phrases in the back of the book.
Barry Laverty has just finished medical school and is joining a GP practice in a small northern Irish town. This is a quiet book about living in a small town in northern Ireland during the early 1960's. I was surprised at the the doctors' knowledge of literature and the lack of political conflict.
1960’s Ireland produces lots of quaint charm and interesting stories for recent medical grad Barry Laverty. The village is complete with a crusty, knowing older doctor and lots of unusual patients. Barry must decide if he wants to be a rural doctor and the village will decide if they should accept this young newcomer.
This is a sweet and delightful book full of charming colourful characters. This was a very fast read, without long overdrawn descriptions about anything unimportant. It was direct and to the point, with a doctor who has common sense. Perfect for a rainy day.
Delightful. Young doctor assisting an older doctor in small village Ireland. Great humor. A shear delight with a treasure trove of interesting characters you will come to love.
Patrick Taylor is the "male" Maeve Binchy. A wonderful writer of great stories. I've read all the "Irish Country" series of books and would recommend reading these books if you enjoy colourful characters that are so true to life that by the end of each book you feel you personally know each and everyone of them. Patrick is a retired doctor now living in Canada. His tales from "Ballybucklebo"will make you smile, cry and then laugh right out loud. Love his books and look forward to reading more tales of this small Northern Ireland village written by a very talented writer.
I enjoy this genre of book. The pace is slow but you get to know and love the characters of this small village and cannot wait to find out what is happening in the thier lives next.
Another great book by one of my new favorite authors; Patrick Taylor. I am in love with Ireland and these books just take me back there. I love the Irish slang and enjoy the "translations" in the back of the book. These books are funny, hearwarming and "delicious!" I recommend them to everyone and will continue to read them myself. I can't put them down and would love to just sit in a comfy chair, have a cup of tea and read them through!
Barry Laverty is fresh out of school and uncertain about what type of medicine he should practice when he answers an ad for a doctor’s assistant in Ballybucklebo, a small Northern Ireland town. Laverty is initially taken aback by his new boss, Fingal O’Reilly, whom he meets as Fingal is literally throwing a patient out of his office. As it turns out Barry is working for a difficult old doctor, and he is quick to discover that he still has a lot to learn about the quirks and traditions of country life. But with pluck and compassion and only the slightest touch of blarney, he will find out more about life—and love—than he ever imagined back in medical school. Reviewed by MH
Wow takes me back to reading All Creatures Great and Small. Some romance lots of characters and some great belly laughs. I'm starting the next book.
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