A Dublin Student Doctor: An Irish Country Novel Paperback – Sep 4 2012
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“Taylor…is a bang-up storyteller who captivates and entertains from the first word.” ―Publishers Weekly on An Irish Country Girl
“The cozy village of Ballybucklebo and its eccentric inhabitants make the holidays bright.” ―Library Journal on An Irish Country Christmas
“Full of stories and vivid characters, [An Irish Country Village] recalls a good night in a pub. Good, light entertainment.” ―Booklist
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Patrick Taylor, M.D., is the author of the Irish Country books, including An Irish Country Doctor, An Irish Country Village, An Irish Country Christmas, An Irish Country Girl, and An Irish Country Courtship. Taylor was born and raised in Bangor, County Down in Northern Ireland. After qualifying as a specialist in 1969, he worked in Canada for thirty-one years. He now lives on Saltspring Island, British Columbia.See all Product Description
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This time we are reading about Dr. Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly in his early days as a medical school student back in the 1930s.
The novel starts off with Fingal just finishing high school at the age of 18 years old and his father wanting to know what career he intends to pursue. When told he wants to pursue medicine, the old man puts up such a ruckus that young Fingal realizes there's no way he'll be able to go to medical school without his father's financial support, which he has refused to do.
So, on the advice of his older brother Lars, and his mother's support, he goes to sea for four years to raise money for medical school.
Then he is accepted into Trinity University and proceeds to excel in the studies. It is there we meet Ronald Hercules Fitzpatrick (whom we met in An Irish Country Christmas, the third in the Irish Country series), as well as Charlie Cromie (who we met in An Irish Country Village, the second in the Irish Country series) and his sweetheart at the time: Caitlan O'Halloran (Kitty) as a student nurse (who we first meet in the same novel as Charlie Cromie).
In this novel we discover how the relationship between young Fingal and his father was formal and how he got his name (after the famous poet Oscar Wilde). And how his mother wanted to be a doctor herself. His passion for rugby and his dabble into boxing while at sea.
It's a pretty good novel and the 491 pages go by very quickly. It's a pity though that we do not get to learn about his naval escapades. As Patrick Taylor said at the beginning that it would have been too lengthy and so it'll keep for a future novel.Read more ›
I recently lost one of my sons to Lou Gehrigs disease(ALS) and I started to read these books just after he died and they have been a great source of comfort and distraction to me.
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the entire eries is a great read, full of interesting facts and lots of laughsPublished 2 hours ago by Winkles
I found this to be a bit of a mixed bag - going back and forth in Finlan's life - but I guess an author has to do what he has to do.Published 14 months ago by Carol Young
This series of novels are just brilliant, I love each and every character in the books.Published 15 months ago by Debra Yaeck Simpson
Gets to the heart of medicine in the days gone by. More heart , less technology. Wonderful characters as always Patrick Taylor hit the mark again.Published on Jan. 14 2014 by 50 shades smarter
Better than the previous two stories that I listened to, very entertaining although a bit heavy on the medical proceduresPublished on Aug. 23 2013 by wilbur
Patrick Taylor writes with such humanism, humour, and well researched topics. You walk into the pages of any of his books and you are in Ireland travelling the streets and by-ways... Read morePublished on Aug. 3 2013 by Ceilidh
This is a great read, I truly enjoy Taylor's writing. There is a lot of Irish history, slang and lots of medical info. laughter is awesome and keeps it a page turner. Read morePublished on March 4 2013 by Sandra Lee Johnston
I have read just about all of Patrick Taylor's Irish Country Books and they are well written, Humorous, very entertaining.Published on Jan. 26 2013 by mbwoolridge Betty Woolridge