Friday, August 29, 2008

Reading stuff

I have the habit of alternating the books I read among the "serious" and the "non-serious" ones. If I had just read a book with an intense, sad, deep content, it's was a "serious" book, then I'll read something lighter after that, a "non-serious" book. This is because when I read I simply dive into the characters' emotions and dramas, and at the end I'm exhausted and really need this break to be able to read something so deep again.
But on those times of life that are a bit tough, hard, like NOW, with this job stuff... Then I do avoid anything that's too intense. I run away from them like hell. I just can't deal with it. I need to read light books, light stories to relax and put my problems aside for a while and give my poor two brain cells a little time to breath.
So the past days I've been having tons of fun with a delightful book from the 60's called "All Creatures Great and Small", by James Herriot:

I bought this very old and torn-off edition from my fav street book vendor, Raimundo. It's so old he didn't want to seel it! But I insisted and he practically gave it to me for R$ 1,00 a huge bargain.
It's about the ingenuous adventures of the author when he was a young veterinarian in his first years of practice in the English Yorkshire coutryside, in 1937. He has the gift of talking about his patients and cases in such a funny, sweet and moving way that turns the book irresistible. All the passages has humorous and also heartbreaking situations as he fights to be a good doctor and to be accepted by the farmers that were used to have their animals treated by his boss, a fun, stubborn 40-something vet. From the first pages you feel trapped into his life and get linked to his thoughts about the beauty in the country life and all the Nature surrounding him. The last pages are coming and I know I'll miss this cool guy and his world...
I've read that he wrote other three books on this subject beside this one, I hope I find it soon! If you want to laugh a bit and feel you heart melt inside, this is the book!

10 comentários:

mrsb said...

Oh, wow! That's a blast from my past! When I was a tiny kid, my sister used to read those to me. She was 9 years older, and we shared a room. She read me all kinds of amazing books (and some Stephen King, lol!).

~(Skull)Blossom~ said...

Honey,he wrote TONS of other books!!! You have a lot of reading ahead of you! Yay! Thanks for the bloggie link and I'm glad you like the graphics I make.

Michele (Rocky Mtn.Girl) said...

Ah, my favorite as well!!! Yes, and he had a TV series I believe as well if I'm not mistaken. I love the books, I read a lot of them and enjoyed them all. I got them from the library as I spent many of my younger days sitting there reading....
((HUGS))

Aileni said...

I have never read Herriot but watched all the TV series. Another author I have never read is Pratchett but he is Meri's favourire escapism.

Gemma said...

Hi Nydia! Thanks for stopping at my blog! :-)
I read that book too and remember it was a good one.

Dragonstar said...

I think he wrote at least eight books, but I can't be sure. Have a look on Amazon!

Sacred Suzie said...

There was a whole show dedicated to these stories! I never saw or read them though and have been thinking about it because I love animal stories so much.

I am the same way, this past year I have been only seeing silly movies because I can't handle anything heavy at all. My sensitivities are out of control lately but I honour them by trying to read and watch only light-hearted stuff. This is a good choice for that kind of thing!

Michelle said...

I read a lot of his books while on vacation one year. Very charming and funny. It's nice to see that some things really do stand the test of time. Glad you enjoyed them!

B. Roan said...

Love your choice of book! One of my favorites, as well.

Fairy Mae said...

Oh my heavens...I love it! On PBS they have the Herriot series and it makes me laugh everytime!! Ahhh great stuff!