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An Irish Doctor in Peace and at War: An Irish Country Novel (Irish Country Books, 9) Paperback – September 1, 2015
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- Publisher : Forge Books; Reprint edition (September 1, 2015)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 432 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0765338378
- ISBN-13 : 978-0765338372
- Item Weight : 12.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 1.14 x 8.29 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #535,542 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book is a slight departure from the Country Doctor theme. Instead, we see Dr. Fingall O'Reilly though his war years on the Warspite. Along with this is the charm of romance, country life in the Irish countryside as well as a few disappointments that come with life.
These tales beg to be a series or a movie but the wonderful visuals Dr. Taylor paints are a lovely substitution.
He continues to round out the personalities of his cast of characters. This book (like the others) is sentimental and heart-warming in many ways, but not overly so. After all, the book covers part of the World War II period and Taylor does not sugar-coat what happens when ordinance meets man and Dr. O'Reilly and his fellow healers must try to save lives in less than optimal conditions on board. It was also an interesting development to see temptation placed squarely in front of Dr. O'Reilly while on his long war-time voyage.
Now I am getting a bit impatient to hear more of Barry and Sue's story - particularly as it is 1966 and Sue has a strong interest in the civil rights movement in Northern Ireland. We all know the sad big picture story of what happens next in the real world. It will be a true challenge for Dr. taylor to navigate that story in his series. But I beleive that he is up for ti.
Get them coming Dr. Taylor!
As always, Taylor takes his reader to a time and place a bit slower than today - a time when doctors made house calls and knew all their patients as friends and neighbors. In this latest book in the Irish Country Doctor series, Taylor moves between the 1960s when O'Reilly is the grand old man of his practice, and World War II when Fingal saw British Naval Service as a young physician without much sugical experience. The reader learns not only about O'Reilly's first wife (Taylor's readers had requested this back story and he obliged!), but about the wartime experiences that shaped his medical expertise.
As always, in addition to enjoying a good story, I learned a bit - about Irish poliltics, and the Irish language, and even got a few new recipes!
I will remain loyal to this series because I love Ireland, and have visited the Republic a number of times. Only one of my trips included a day's excursion to the Glens of Antrim and the Giant's Causeway, so the Irish Country Doctor series has provided a window into a part of the country I probably won't visit again (at least, not during the marching season). I'd like to see more focus on the inhabitants of Ballybucklebo and their interaction with their doctors, and less on Dr. O'Reilly himself. For me, it's the interaction between the doctors and the villagers that make the novels such a joy and a source of laughter.