An Irish Country Doctor (aka The Apprenticeship of Doctor Laverty) (Irish Country, Bk 1)
An Irish Country Doctor - aka The Apprenticeship of Doctor Laverty - Irish Country, Bk 1 Author:Patrick Taylor Barry Laverty, M.D., can barely find the village of Ballybucklebo on a map when he first sets out to seek gainful employment there, but already he knows that there is nowhere he would rather live than in the emerald hills and dales of Northern Ireland. The proud owner of a spanking-new medical degree and little else in the way of worldly possess... more »ions, Barry jumps at the chance to secure a position as an assistant in a small rural practice.At least until he meets Dr. Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly.The older physician, whose motto is to never let the patients get the upper hand, has his own way of doing things. At first, Barry can't decide if the pugnacious O'Reilly is the biggest charlatan he has ever met, or the best teacher he could ever hope for. Through O'Reilly Barry soon gets to know all of the village's colorful and endearing residents, including: A malingering Major and his equally hypochondriacal wife; An unwed servant girl, who refuses to divulge the father of her upcoming baby; A slightly daft old couple unable to marry for lack of a roof; And a host of other eccentric characters who make every day an education for the inexperienced young doctor. Ballybucklebo is long way from Belfast, and Barry is quick to discover that he still has a lot to learn about the quirks and traditions of country life. But with pluck and compassion and only the slightest touch of blarney, he will find out more about life -- and love -- than he ever imagined back in medical school. An Irish Country Doctor is a charming and engrossing tale that will captivate readers from the very first page -- and leave them yearning to visit the Irish countryside of days gone by.
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For me, this story could continue forever. Although Ballybucklebo is a fictitious town in Northern Ireland, it's inhabitants are folk you could find most anywhere. It reminds me of the tv series Ballykissangel hosted by BBC America. I can't wait til I get the next book in the series, when I finished this one, I had a warm, fuzzy feeling when I closed the back cover. Sorry, this one is a "keeper".
This was a quick (too quick) read and a charming tale. Reminiscent of James Herriot's works, but instead of a Yorkshire vet, featuring a young doctor, James Laverty, M.B., in the Northern Island village of Ballybucklebo. Very enjoyable as he adjusts from the city to the country, and adapts to the wisdom and foibles of his mentor/boss, Fingal O'Reilly. I'll be reading more.
Somewhere in the 1960's in Ballybucklebo, Ireland, Barry Laverty fresh out of medical school is on his way to apply as the assistant to Dr. Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly. Barry is not quite sure if he wants to specialize or just stay with general practice so he decided to get a taste of small town doctoring. Getting lost more then once, Dr. Laverty shows up on Dr. O'Reilly's doorstep just as a patient, or customer as O'Reilly refers to them as, is bodily chucked of the office into garden.
Apparently, this is not the type of medicine that Barry has been trained in, but after a rather interesting interview with the good doctor, Barry decided to stay a bit and between the new medicine that Dr. Laverty knows, and the small town country doctoring that Dr. O'Reilly knows, the two set off to tend to the good people of Ballybucklebo. Even if that does mean that they butt heads on a daily basis.
There is learning for all of us in this book about not judging before you know and just because a person is gruff and intimidating on the outside does not mean that there is not a heart of gold under it all. In addition, and most importantly, just because you learned it at a university does not mean that it applies in real life.
The book is full of memorable characters, from the town drunk to the big man who owns half the town and lords it over the rest, to the local odd-ball with cats, and Kinky the housekeeper who makes sure the doctors eat, Patrick Taylor brings a voice to each of them and with their antics you are definitely turning pages and chuckling all the way.
I highly recommend this book and hopefully the rest of this series.
K.C. Kelly (KC-Cruiser) reviewed An Irish Country Doctor (aka The Apprenticeship of Doctor Laverty) (Irish Country, Bk 1) on
This is a very good book, written with skill, insight and a wonderful vocabulary. The story and characters exude a strong feel of compassion and sense of purpose that seems to have been lost in the world today. I hope this series inspires people around the world to bring it back into our communities and our lives.