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on January 12, 2012
I so enjoyed Dr.Patrick Taylor's 6th book in the Dr. Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly series, having read the previous five. What a great story teller he is! He captures the Irish culture perfectly. My parents immigrated to Canada from Ballymoney, Co. Antrim, and when I read Taylor's books, I am transported back there (where I have visited twice) and can hear the cadences of my parents' speech and expressions. I hope Taylor is working on the 7th book. (I have bought "An Irish Country Village" as a hostess gift to give to Canadian friends from Holywood, Co. Down. She received her nurses' training in Belfast and I anticipate her enjoyment of Taylor's account.) Thank you, Patrick Taylor! In "A Dublin Student Doctor," it was fitting that he should have a Dr. Greer coming from Ballymoney where the name, Greer, is known from the firm of lawyers in the town. Brilliant! (I plan to get my soon-to-be 88-year-old sister, born near Ballymoney, started on Taylor's books for her February birthday.)
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on March 12, 2012
A Dublin Student Doctor lives up to the writings of Patrick Taylor at his best.

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.

I do look forward to learning why when he had such a yearning for Kitty how he got involved with Deidre who he later married and lost her life in a naval ship that got torpedoed by the Germans during WWII. I also liked to know why he remained a widower since then when Kitty was obviously available since she never married.

But all that will keep as they say. I strongly recommend this novel for its witticism, its humour, and for those who are fascinated to know the early days of Dr. Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly in medical school.
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on February 20, 2012
I love Patrick Taylor's writing in the "Irish Country" series. Having read all the books in the series I feel I know the characters as personal friends. Many of the scenes and characters bring back memories of life in the UK in the late 50's and early 60's. The delightful way Patrick's doctors are depicted is much like the practitioners I remember, all of them characters and all ready to give a helping hand. The story line covers the activities of a medical student in Dublin in the 1930's. His trials, tribulations, successes and failures both personal and in his chosen profession. The medical information included is clear and informative evan to me without any medical background or training. This book could well be considered an introduction for subsequent books, but is equally able to stand as a complete story in its own right. An excellent, gripping, well written novel. Patrick, please keep them coming!
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on April 15, 2015
I am now reading Patrick's 7th book. I am a committed fan. His powers of description of nature are unbelievable as are his characters. Lovely humour. I am 5th generation Canadian but there are so many sayings and traditions in my family even today that Patrick refers to and they bring wonderful warm feelings to my heart.
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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on April 8, 2013
I can not say enough about Patrick Taylor he is a wonderful writer. His stories are captivating I have his entire series. I would highly recommend to others
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on February 22, 2016
Patrick Taylor has once again told a fantastic story. I have read a lot of his other books and it was nice to know what the early days were like for doctor Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly. The book takes you through the struggles he went through to become a doctor. He made a few sacrifices along the way including giving up the woman he loved. This is a must have book if you are a Patrick Taylor fan.
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on March 4, 2013
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. I have recommended it to my friends and my mom and her friends. I have since reading it bought the entire series, that is how much I enjoyed this book.
A Dublin Student Doctor
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on August 3, 2013
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 of Ireland. His series is a "can't miss" for great story-telling and historical fact!
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on March 1, 2016
Going back to life in the 30's before World War II made for very interesting reading, Learning about all the long hours and demands made one appreciative of how much easier life is today with our technological advances
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on March 16, 2016
So far it's great, still reading it along with others. The authors style is also great an easy read. Will be purchasing more in the future. Thanks.
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