on November 20, 2009
These books could be enjoyed together as I did or they could be read separately, and still be enjoyed as much. I truely wanted to meet the characters, they came so alive. The village itself came alive with the pub, the housekeeper, who was far more than a housekeeper, and the two doctors who fit so well together. The triology reminded me of the James Herriott series about the vets and their antics. I found the books hard to put down, I chuckled all the way through, as did my husband when it was his turn to read them. Wait until you read about the wife who tried to help her husband, when he had urinary retention, after she watched the plumber try to fix her kitchen water pipes. I actually gave all three books to my 80 year old Mom for a Christmas present. Very highly recommended.
on February 4, 2011
Well, unfortunately, I received this item long after I received the other books in the Irish Country series because the seller was S-O-O-O S-L-O-W delivering it.
But no matter. I found even though I was reading the books in reverse order I still enjoyed them. Patrick Taylor is an excellent storyteller and it shows in these books. One thing about these books is, even though they are a continuation of the last one, the author gives the reader a summary, from time to time throughout the book, of what happened in the last one that you do not feel lost.
This particular book, An Irish Country Village, is a continuation of an Irish Country Doctor where Dr. Barry Laverty has grown accustom to his boss, Dr. Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly, his housekeeper, Mrs. Kincaid (Kinky), his dog Author, and his cat, Lady something or other (can't remember offhand now).
He is now working under a cloud as he had misdiagnosed one of the patients who had to be sent to the Royal Hospital in Belfast for a neurological operation back in the original book. In this book, the patient winds up dead and Dr. Laverty faces a potential malpractice suit from the distraught widow which could ruin his new career as he anxiously awaits the post mordem report from the lab to clear his name.
All the usual characters are in place and the book actually only takes place over a two week period at the end of August, 1964. But when you read it you are so immerse in the village life and the people that it goes by like a summer breeze.
Dr. Barry Laverty has some issues with his new girlfriend as she takes a scholarship exam to go over to Cambridge to further her studies. He has to decide whether he should stay on in Ballybucklebo or go find something to do in Cambridge to be closer to his girlfriend, Patricia Spence. Also Dr. O'Reilly finds out about an old flame of his from his student days in Dublin who is now working at the Royal Hospital in Belfast and starts dating her.
So life in Ballybucklebo is just a continuation of what it was like when we were introduced to it in An Irish Country Doctor. The Ulster vocabulary is strong and thick and the author took great pains to include a glossary at the back of the book. Mrs. Kincaid's recipes are at the back of the book as well.
Definitely would recommend this book, as well as all the other Irish Country books in the series.
Patrick Taylor is an excellent storyteller.