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The Lord God Made Them All [Paperback]

James Herriot
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Oct. 1 2004 All Creatures Great and Small
The triumphant conclusion to the legendary series

With each book more engaging than the last, James Herriot once again brings us the magical beauty of Yorkshire through his uplifting experiences as a country veterinarian. These stories provide a grand finale to the wonderful books that began with All Creatures Great and Small and continued in All Things Bright and Beautiful and All Things Wise and Wonderful.

It is just after World War II, and James has returned from the Royal Air Force to do battle with the diseases and injuries that befall the farm animals and pets of Skeldale and the surrounding moors. Four-year-old Jimmy Herriot, Humphrey Cobb and his little beagle Myrtle, Norman the book-loving veterinary assistant, and many more new faces join old favorites among the green hills of Yorkshire, as James takes an unforgettable voyage to Russia on a freighter with 383 pedigreed sheep. Touching our hearts with laughter and wisdom, lifting our spirits with compassion and goodness, James Herriot never fails to delight.

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"This is Herriot at his best. . . able to make us laugh, cry or nod in agreement with some snippet of universal truth."
--The Washington Post

"Herriot is a spellbinder as a storyteller."
---The Seattle Times

"James Herriot is a pied piper with the written word. He eases his readers into loving, liking and laughing at familiar characters, animal and human."
--The Los Angeles Times

"A master storyteller with flawless timing."
--The Houston Post

"Herriot's book just explodes with the joy of living and loving and caring."
--The Columbus Dispatch

"The warm of Herriot's prose approaches poetic. . . . a master storyteller."
--Knight-Ridder Newspapers

"A triumph in the art of storytelling, as delightful and refreshing to the mind's eye and heart as a field of bright-eyed daisies."
--Fort Worth Star-Telegram

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The most heart heartwarming storyteller of our time returns with his lovely wife Helen, irrepressible old friends Tristan and Siegfreid, and a wonderful Yorkshire community--human and animal-bursting with love. Joy surprise and hilarious adventure abound in another touching, delightful memoir by the world's most beloved veterinarian. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Good compilation of vignettes Jan. 17 2002
By Westley
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I read James Herriot's first four books when I was a child. Now in my 30's, I recently picked up his fifth book. I was struck by how these stories are ostensibly about animals, but say vastly more about their human owners and the need for companionship. Herriot's writing style is appropriately simple and unadorned, which atcually helps increase the impact of his stories. However, his writing can be a bit at times. There really is not a plot, just a selection of stories from his years as a a vet and resident of a small Yorkshire town.
Unfortunately, he jumps around in time a bit too much (from 1947 to the mid-1950s). For example, he includes journal passages from trips he has taken as a vet escorting animals for sale to other countries. These stories are fairly interesting, but don't really belong here and are interspersed between all the other stories, further leading to a lack of context. Overall, a worthwhile, but flawed book that is significantly buoyed by Herriot's obvious love of animals and their owners.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heck of a Book Nov. 17 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
James Herriot is a remarkable author. He proves this once again in the last of his set of novels, The Lord God Made Them All. In it Herriot tells us maore heartwarming tales of his life as a Yorkshire veterinarian. He writes very down to earth, which allows readers to relate to his stories very well. Especially in this book. Herriot not only writes about his experiences as a vet , but about becoming a father, and experiences he has while his children are young. An old client of Herriot once tells him, "Aye, there's no doubt about it, when your children are young and growin' up around ye- that's when it's best. It's the same for everybody, only a lot o'folk don't know it and a lot find out when it's too late."(369) James also writes about his voyage to Russia on a freighter with a bunch of pedigree sheep. And his journey to Istanbul which was supposed to be luxurous and relaxing. Needless to say, it was far from that. Nevertheless, as in all his stories, Herriot is able to turn them around to make us laugh and fill us with wisdom. After reading the book, I have aquired a better apprecition of life, and high hopes for the future. You can't help but think that way when he ends the book with the words, "....there are great days ahead!"
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Fitting Conclusion Sept. 17 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
My wife and I just finished reading the whole series of four Herriot books. I think that the first one (_All Creatures Great and Small_) is probably the best one overall. The author probably put the best stories he knew into his first book. But there are several delightful stories spread through the later books, and all four make for enjoyable reading.
This book has a couple unique features. One is that the author goes on a couple international adventures traveling as caretaker of some overseas animal shipments. These are interesting travel stories on their own. Also in this book we meet James' children and see them grow up to some degree.
_The Lord God Made Them All_ is a fittingly warm and pleasant conclusion to a really enjoyable series of books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a beloved memoir Jan. 26 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
James Herriot once again takes you on a magical journey through his whimsical hamlet of Yorkshire Dales, stealing your heart at every stop along the way. Anyone who picks up this book will be immediately captivated by the depth of love and respect for animals that embodies all of Herriot's books. Every character you meet, be it human or animal, will tug your heartstrings in a manner that you never expected from such a humble book whose clear honesty parallels that of the other books in an unforgettable series. You don't have to be an animal crazed lover like me to enjoy the simple joys of this book- it is definitely a cherished read, you won't regret it!
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