What Would I Select to Read to Him/Her?
By Jeff Salter
My first thought when reading this week’s topic was that if I had a friend who was too ill to read for themself, I’d select one or all of James Herriot’s books — about his real-life veterinary practice in Yorkshire (England’s largest historical county).
I read most or all of his first four books back in the late 1970s and I understand there are now at least eight titles. Herriot, or course, is the pen name of James Alfred “Alf” Wight (1916–1995), an English veterinarian “whose tales of veterinary practice and country life have delighted generations.”
Herriot’s stories are quite simply… charming and INTERESTING. They have humor, pathos, surprises… and they give us a first-hand look at a significant portion of Great Britain beginning with a couple of years prior to WW2.
But most of all, it’s about the animals he treats. Almost everyone loves animals of one kind or another, so I think a book about a wide variety of creatures would be comforting to have read to you if you were ill.
For my earlier mention of Herriot’s books, see:
A choice which occurred to me later was the multi-volume series, Chicken Soup for the Soul. As I checked it just now, I noticed there was a special edition that’s exclusively dog tales. I think that’s the one I’d begin reading to my ill friend.
There have been so many Chicken Soup titles over the years, that you’re bound to find at least one collection that would suit the interests of your sick friend.
What book or story would YOU want to read to a friend who was too ill to read for himself/herself?
[JLS # 564]