le 13 août 2002
Ce livre est un grand classique parmi les livres d'humour anglais. Il raconte les aventures d'un jeune vétérinaire dans les Yorkshire Dales en Angleterre. James Herroit arrive, diplôme en poche, chez l'eccentrique Siegfried et Tristan pour soigner les animaux, et parfois les humains, dans la campagne. Fous rires assurés avec ses portraits géniaux des fermiers et d'autres habitants du coin, et des situations dingues dans lesquelles il se trouve par inadvertance, ignorance ou mal chance.
When this book was published in the States in 1972, it caused a sensation. Critics and publishers alike called it “a miracle” and, for once, they were right. Its success prompted its author to write two sequels and several other books, and in time everything Herriot-related created a kind of industry, including an excellent TV series. Recently, a stage adaptation premièred in 2010, and late last year a BBC drama called “Young James Herriot” started airing on TV, based in part on a biography written by his son. With all these derivative projects, it pays to remember that the original books are still exceptionally good and worth rediscovering.
Set in the late thirties onwards, these hilarious anecdotes (loosely based on real-life events) relate the adventures and misadventures of a city-bred, newly-qualified vet who settles down to his first paying job in the middle of the Yorkshire Dales, where life is tough, men are tougher, money is short, and animals are mostly viewed as commodities and crops. James Herriot gets properly stuck in and finds that being a good vet is only part of the job. Siegfried Farnon, his jovial but mercurially unpredictable boss, requires careful handling, the local farmers would test the patience of a saint, and when Siegfried's younger brother Tristan comes home to help with the practice, tensions between the brothers soon escalate until James is unwittingly caught in the middle of some pretty serious domestic warfare. As if his life weren't already full, romance beckons but the path of true love is, as always, strewn with difficulties. The narrative is delightful, a perfect mix of humour and moving realism as the young vet's initially diffident and hostile clients gradually begin to accept the outsider (and a Scot to boot) and his difficult and often uncomfortable work starts to bring its own rewards. A heart-warming book suitable for absolutely everyone.
le 24 juillet 2013
même s'il s'agit de la vie romancée d'un "vrai vétérinaire", ce livre se présente sous forme d'anecdotes de son vécu et des relations tissées non seulement avec son employeur (plus qu'original) Siegfrid, mais aussi avec les fermiers et éleveurs de cette région.
De bons moments de franches rigolades et d'autres très émouvants.
Un bon livre sans prétention