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The Real James Herriot: A Memoir of My Father I grew up reading and rereading James Herriot s books Learning about the man behind the story from his son was great Although Jim Wight is not the author his father was, he does a job that is just fine We learnabout Alf James Herriot s real name and his life We learn that the stories he wrote are based on real life, real character that Alf and the people around him knew and experienced We learn that Alf s life was not always as great as he led us to believe We learn about his journ I grew up reading and rereading James Herriot s books Learning about the man behind the story from his son was great Although Jim Wight is not the author his father was, he does a job that is just fine We learnabout Alf James Herriot s real name and his life We learn that the stories he wrote are based on real life, real character that Alf and the people around him knew and experienced We learn that Alf s life was not always as great as he led us to believe We learn about his journey to and through authorship He s an interesting person Fun to read for anyone who want to knowabout the world s favorite vet This book was a very interesting insight into the beloved author and World s most famous vet It seems Herriot was every bit as likable in reality as he seems to be in his famous semi autobiographical books Herriot s son, Jim Wight tells us proudly of Herriot s successes and unflinchingly of his struggles, which given his very private nature were often completely internalized As a side bar it is also delightful to have some knowledge of the men on whom Tristan and Sigfried Farnon are based a This book was a very interesting insight into the beloved author and World s most famous vet It seems Herriot was every bit as likable in reality as he seems to be in his famous semi autobiographical books Herriot s son, Jim Wight tells us proudly of Herriot s successes and unflinchingly of his struggles, which given his very private nature were often completely internalized As a side bar it is also delightful to have some knowledge of the men on whom Tristan and Sigfried Farnon are based and indeed it sounds like their portrayal in print is mostly spot on.Right up front, Wight tells us that he was reluctant to pen a biography about his famous father because he doesn t really consider himself a writer While it is true that he writes in a different style than his dad, his biography is accessible and interesting to read For me, he really hits his stride about thirty pages in In a couple of places, Wight seems to inadvertently fall into the trap of recounting stories we ve already heard told so masterfully in Herriot s canon I feel these time are unfortunate because they don t play to Wight s strengths as an author And a couple of times, Mr Wight comes off a tad defensive in tone over some details that I would suppose the misunderstanding of which has been a source of irritation But these are very minor flaws, and I am grateful that he has shared with us his unique perspective on the life of his father.I believe Mr Wight provides a wonderfully succinct and insightful epitaph to his father s career as an author on Page 238 Herriot felt compelled to describe the old Yorkshire he had grown to love a way of life that was fast disappearing and he wanted to preserve it for others to enjoy.And thank god he did Herriot was always a little bemused by the interest that we Americans showed in his stories about his far away rustic agricultural community I must admit I m bemused by his bemusement But he supposes at one point the drive behind our attraction to his beloved Yorkshire He says, in essence that he supposes we are drawn by the quiet, slow paced, old fashioned ways that contrast so sharply with the face paced, industrialized lifestyle which most Americans live It is an accurate supposition, I think What a remarkable man What remarkable stories What a remarkable legacy With Full Access To His Father S Papers, Correspondence, Manuscripts, And Photos, Wight Has Created A Fitting And Affectionate Tribute To The Well Loved Vet And Author Of All Creatures Great And Small Of Photos James Herriot was always an author I really liked, so it s interesting to have some background information and a few backstories of people and animals who became characters in his books Jim Wight does not quite have the flair of his father, but occasionally he tells a story or quotes a letter and that certain something shows through In a way the biography seems to be a way of making up for the fact that Jim feels he did not recognize or acknowledge his father s writing talent enough I think James Herriot was always an author I really liked, so it s interesting to have some background information and a few backstories of people and animals who became characters in his books Jim Wight does not quite have the flair of his father, but occasionally he tells a story or quotes a letter and that certain something shows through In a way the biography seems to be a way of making up for the fact that Jim feels he did not recognize or acknowledge his father s writing talent enough I think he gives a fair portrait of Herriot real name James Alfred Alf Wight and some perceptive insights into what made the man tick.It s interesting to have backstories of some of the originals behind Herriot sremarkable characters All the same, it was a bit disappointing to know that the names of Alf s colleagues were not really inspired by Wagnerian opera I wish I had not read this book Not because it was not well written, though his son certainly lacks his father s flair, but because it was TMI I had LOVED James Herriot s books, I read them again again laughed myself sick over them The reality of the man s life was quite different If you like and or admire James Herriot s books I strongly urge you not to read this biography I wish I had not read this book Not because it was not well written, though his son certainly lacks his father s flair, but because it was TMI I had LOVED James Herriot s books, I read them again again laughed myself sick over them The reality of the man s life was quite different If you like and or admire James Herriot s books I strongly urge you not to read this biography You think you know James Herriot by reading All Creatures Great and Small and all the other books he wrote, but, you haven t really known him until you see him through his son s eyes Jim Wight has written a marvelous memoir of his dad If one can have said of himself that he refused to let fame go to his head, that his family was the most important thing he had, and that his love for his work showed in every word he wrote, he lived a good life James Alfred Wight, James Herriot, lived a good li You think you know James Herriot by reading All Creatures Great and Small and all the other books he wrote, but, you haven t really known him until you see him through his son s eyes Jim Wight has written a marvelous memoir of his dad If one can have said of himself that he refused to let fame go to his head, that his family was the most important thing he had, and that his love for his work showed in every word he wrote, he lived a good life James Alfred Wight, James Herriot, lived a good life He s left an excellent example of manhood for generations to follow Jim Wight has written a moving tribute to his father, James Alfred Wight, known as James Herriot to millions of fans around the world At times it felt too long and detailed, but then he would catch my interest again with a funny or interesting story that hadn t been shared in any of the James Herriot books In places it was quite reminiscent of the autobiographies of Dick Francis and Roald Dahl who shared some similar experiences especially during the war In fact, Dick Francis is mentioned s Jim Wight has written a moving tribute to his father, James Alfred Wight, known as James Herriot to millions of fans around the world At times it felt too long and detailed, but then he would catch my interest again with a funny or interesting story that hadn t been shared in any of the James Herriot books In places it was quite reminiscent of the autobiographies of Dick Francis and Roald Dahl who shared some similar experiences especially during the war In fact, Dick Francis is mentioned several times and is even in one of the pictures He says Dick Francis, author of many best selling books about the world of horse racing, was one of the most famous people Alf got to know well and he was probably one of his favourites a modest and charming man with whom he kept in touch throughout their almost parallel climb up the ladder of fame I particularly enjoyed the personal memories shared by Wight about his father and others well known from the books He quoted from diaries and letters written by his father and even included a few love letters Alf wrote to his wife There are also 16 pages of family photos.It was very interesting to find out what bits were real in the books and what had been changed Mostly only the names of the people and the settings were changed The stories James Herriot told in his books were all based on actual events The last paragraph in the book says James Herriot, the unassuming veterinary surgeon who enthralled millions, was no fictional character There was a man I knew, who possessed all the virtues of the famous veterinarian andA totally honest man whose fine sense of humour and air of goodwill towards others ensured that he was respected by all who knew him A man on whom, after his death, a Yorkshire farmer delivered his final verdict Aye, he were a right decent feller That man was James Alfred Wight If you are a James Herriot fan, I highly recommend this book Now I need to go find a copy of James Herriot s Yorkshire Jim Wight tells his father s story with humor, compassion, and candor Although I was mortified when I first learned that James Herriot was not the real name of the author who had since childhood enthralled me with beautifully written stories of the strong bonds between the human and animal worlds, I realize now that this was a selfish attitude I did not want James Herriot to protect himself and his friends from the inevitable media coverage that resulted from his multi million book sales, Jim Wight tells his father s story with humor, compassion, and candor Although I was mortified when I first learned that James Herriot was not the real name of the author who had since childhood enthralled me with beautifully written stories of the strong bonds between the human and animal worlds, I realize now that this was a selfish attitude I did not want James Herriot to protect himself and his friends from the inevitable media coverage that resulted from his multi million book sales, I wanted his real name so that he would in fact be the man I read about I realize now that his rejection of the public approach chosen by many authors only shows that he was a farreal person, and that his stories came just as much from his memories as they did from his heart Jim Wight s biography is not truly surprising I would have worried, had it been We KNOW James Herriot from his books this just fleshes out the story a bit, and in that Jim Wight succeeds admirably From the irrepressible antics of Siegfried and Tristan to his own unique mind, James Herriot s stories thrilled us, and Jim Wight brings that man into the realm of hard truth.Highly recommended Alfred Wight.James Herriot One a real person s name, the other that person s fictional alter ego.Son Jim Wight does a splendid job on this biography, and I am so happy to have read it I loved it all, from beginning to sometimes surprising middle to tearful end The book is a loving, respectful portrayal of a man who was muchcomplex than I ever suspected.He was curious about many things, extremely observant of human nature, considered writing his hobby rather than his reason for being an Alfred Wight.James Herriot One a real person s name, the other that person s fictional alter ego.Son Jim Wight does a splendid job on this biography, and I am so happy to have read it I loved it all, from beginning to sometimes surprising middle to tearful end The book is a loving, respectful portrayal of a man who was muchcomplex than I ever suspected.He was curious about many things, extremely observant of human nature, considered writing his hobby rather than his reason for being and he wrote all of his books in the evenings after work while family life and the tv roared in high gear all around him He worried about lifethan anyone ever thought he did, he loved his dogs as much as any of his clients loved theirs, and he tended to get glassy eyed whenever mathematics was the topic of conversation or study He loved football soccer and reading and music And he was just a regular guy his entire life, even after he became famous James repeatedly says how bemused his father always was about the way the public loved him and his books I know I treasure all my Herriot titles, and surprise surprise I am now going to re read the whole cycle I could not possibly stay away, not after spending the last few days with everyone in Skeldale House It was with hesitation that I purchased and eventually picked up this book to actually read James Herriot is one of my favorite authors of all time I grew up reading him in middle school, and he s my fall back author for when I m feeling totally depressed and crapped out So his books are very meaningful to me, and I was hesitant to discover any back story This biography was written in chronological order by his son It probably could have benefited from another format When the author begins It was with hesitation that I purchased and eventually picked up this book to actually read James Herriot is one of my favorite authors of all time I grew up reading him in middle school, and he s my fall back author for when I m feeling totally depressed and crapped out So his books are very meaningful to me, and I was hesitant to discover any back story This biography was written in chronological order by his son It probably could have benefited from another format When the author begins talking about the great grandparents, it s purely derived from letters and distant documentation not meaningful relationships, so it comes across as clinical and dry When we finally get to the Herriot side of things, it s titillating but there s a lot withheld Wight s significant encounter with depression is talked about but I feel like his son was trying to protect his father, so he never is at liberty to actually disclose those tough details And there s shockingly little about Wight s wife almost as if she declined to be involved The ending is tough do I really want to know what happened to my dear friends Wight dying painfully of cancer, Donald intentionally overdosing, and Brian dying of disease Painful, and I almost wish I didn t know just so that I could make believe Herriot s snapshot in time was eternal

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