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Seandainya Mereka Bisa Bicara (All Creatures Great and Small #1)

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Edisi Indonesia If Only They Could Talk, bercerita tentang pengalaman dokter hewan yang baru lulus di pedesaan Inggris (Darrowby, Yorkshire).
Paperback, 312 pages
Published 1978 by Gramedia Pustaka Utama (first published 1970)
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Pramod Nair
Sep 29, 2015 Pramod Nair rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
James Alfred Wight, the British veterinary surgeon and writer, is renowned for his semi-autobiographical works written under the name 'James Herriot', which chronicle some of the most amusing moments from his life as a veterinarian. His reminiscences as a surgeon are pleasantly mild and warm to read and his style of narration that describe his adventures with the animals and their owners is of the most hilarious form that can make even the most serious of the reader burst out in a laugh. Apart f ...more
Sep 23, 2012 Koen rated it it was amazing
Ini betul-betul salah satu buku yang mempengaruhi hidupku :). Alf Wight, seorang dokter hewan dari Yorkshire, menovelisasi hidupnya dan menggunakan nama samaran James Herriot.

James Herriot adalah anak muda yang pemalu tapi kreatif dan bersemangat tinggi. Lulus sebagai dokter hewan di Skotlandia, ia memperoleh tempat kerja di sebuah kota kecil bernama Darrowby di daerah Yorkshire di Inggris. Atasannya seorang dokter hewan Siegfried Farnon, yang cerdas namun eksentrik dan pelupa, dan hidupnya seri
Jun 21, 2016 Palsay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Suka banget dengan cerita-ceritanya si James di buku ini...
Suka dengan penggambaran alam pedesaan dan orang-orangnya serta uniknya duo Farnon yang kadang bikin terpingkal-pingkal sendiri.

Dalam bayangan saya, si James ini menceritakan kejadian lucu yang dialaminya dengan muka lempeng, soalnya bahasanya juga lempeng aja sih...cuma pembaca yang membayangkan situasinya yang ga bisa menahan tawa.

Contohnya pas Sigfried menekankan pentingnya kebersihan dalam penanganan kasus hewan, malah jadi konyol k
Aug 17, 2015 Ivan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book made me cry. I had a hard time catching my breath. It was so damn funny. It was also poignant. I love the time period - 1930s - and the locale - York. This took me forever to read. It's basically vignettes so I'd read one story and set the book down for a week. But I prefer to think of it as savoring. It was so good, and extremely well written. The humor sprung up naturally from the situations and never seemed forced. I really can't recommend this enough. I know, I know, I'm late to th ...more
Jun 19, 2014 Sharon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir, england
Anyone who knows me, knows how much I love animals. What many may not know is how author James Herriot's books inspired me to be a veterinarian. As a child, the answer to "What do you want to be when you grow up" was always "a vet."

While that childhood dream did not come true, I have never lost the fondness for Herriot's work. So, when this book turned up on our office swap shelf, I nabbed it.

"If Only They Could Talk" is a UK-issued book consisting of selected stories from All Creatures Great An
This had me guffawing with laughter in places. Such a warm and cosy read too - in spite of the often harsh life being described (it was freezing up on the Yorkshire moors in winter).

What an endearing bunch of characters. It was a bedtime read, and I realised that every night I was looking forward to going to bed, just so I could read some more....

Jul 27, 2013 Meg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So where do I start?

James Herriot, or in truth, James Alfred Wright, is a master storyteller, whose ability to paint scenes and emotions with only his words is truly astounding. How anyone can write so elegantly, and truthfully, is a rare and astonishing thing. His memoirs should truly be cherished, this first book setting an excellent scene for many humorous and poignant works.

However, when asked what i was reading by the many people who always strive for conversation when you are quite content
Jul 13, 2016 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
If Only They Could Talk is a memoir of sorts chronicling James Herriot's first year in a veterinarian practice in the small English town of Darrowby. Composed of short accounts of day-to-day life in the practice, each story draws you further into the lives of James Herriot, his employer Siegfried Farnon, and Siegfried's brother Tristan.

I still remember watching All Creatures Great and Small on VHS with my parents, and this book gives off the same sense of nostalgia. If Only They Could Talk is li

Jun 26, 2016 Dhani rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Menurut saya, buku yang dibuat dengan sepenuh hati ini, sampai ke hati pula. Semua aspek dari ceritanya keren, mulai dari settingnya, karakter tokoh tokohnya( entah yang mana yang benar benar ada maupun hanya rekaan), sampai ke konflik di setiap episodenya. Menariknya lagi, cerita cerita yang bisa dibaca secara bab demi bab atau pun dengan memilih acak bab yang diingini, berbalut selera humor yang apik. Penulis berhasil berhasil menceritakan tentang dunianya, bahkan kepada awam seperti saya. Len ...more
Eileen Monroe
I loved James Herriott's books when I was a kid... he was one of the reasons I always wanted to be a vet...
Theta Sigma
Oct 31, 2015 Theta Sigma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"If Only They Could Talk" is the first of the "All Creatures Great And Small" series of books written by James Herriot (aka Alf Wight).

After visiting Thirsk, the town upon which the fictional town of Darrowby is based, and Askrigg, the town which featured as the television version of Darrowby, I decided to blow the dust off my boxset of Herriot books.

"If Only They Could Talk" charts Herriot's first year in practice as a vet in the Yorkshire Dales working for Siegfried Farnon and is very much as
Christin Natalia
Aug 13, 2012 Christin Natalia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Sebagai pecinta hewan, menurut saya buku ini bagusss banget dan saya merasa wajib memberi 5 bintang yang berarti'Luar Biasaa.' James Herriot selain dokter hewan handal juga adalah seorang pencerita ulung. Caranya menuturkan cerita sangat mengalir. Saya suka bagaimana beliau 'memberi' karakter untuk tokoh-tokohnya, yaitu Farnon bersaudara, sang penjaga rumah, tukang kebun, sekretaris, para peternak, para pemilik pasiennya, bahkan untuk para binatang-binatang itu sendiri. Deskripsinya mengenai des ...more
Serius, saya gak heran sama sekali kenapa si Ikal bisa segitu terpananya sama Edensor (tapi kok saya gak merasa baca kata Edensor ya dibuku ini. Atau gara2 udah lupa mungkin). Ngomong2 ini reviewnya:

Ini mainstream banget, tapi saya gak punya pilihan lain selain ngomong "Jadi buku ini bercerita tentang James Herriot, dokter hewan yang lagi praktek di desa kecil di Inggris. Tentang pengalamannya." Tapi saya mencoba bikin review yang semoga bisa deskripsiin sisi
What a wonderful trip down memory lane this book was. I remember watching the TV series back in the 70's and 80's and picking this book up for the first time was like settling down by the fire with old friends.

Set in the Yorkshire Dales, this is the first book in a series by rookie vet James Herriot and his new life in the countryside and among the animals and his struggle to win over the old Yorkshire farmers and eccentric characters he meets there. There were so many times when I literally la
Jan 02, 2014 Marie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Now this was a thoroughly enjoyable little book. It was quickly read - in less than a day - but every vanilla-scented, yellowed paperback page was a sheer delight to turn. It now seems odd that it would have taken me this long to acquaint myself with James Herriot (nom de plume), but perhaps this was just the right time in life to take up the acquaintance after all. Having driven up and down the same precarious roads that he lurches along, looked up at the same balding fells and travelled parall ...more
Jan 14, 2008 YorkshireSue rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: animal lovers,readers wanting laughter (& tears) from a book
Shelves: all-time-faves
Loved all the James Herriot books. My parents began to read them when I was maybe 10 or so and they would laugh out loud but I was far too cool to read what my parents did until one day I had a miserable toothache/earache and to take my mind off it I began to read one of this series of books. I too ended up laughing and simply being transported away to a different time, yet with places that seemed comfortingly familiar. (I'm from Yorkshire originally and was living there at this time.) I wrote m ...more
Gareth Evans
Sep 22, 2012 Gareth Evans rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I first read this book in my early teens around the time of the great Herriot boom; a very popular TV series, 3 feature films and parts of North Yorkshire branding themselves as 'Herriot Country'. I had fond memories of the books and the TV series and, in rereading one of the books, was worried that I would view it as sentimental and facile. However, the Herriot industry was started because the books are well written and not overly sentimental. Herriot is a clever writer, clear and direct and ca ...more
Jun 16, 2016 Guguk rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Setelah Dog's Stories dan Cat's Stories, ini kumpulan kisah "petualangan" si dokter hewan Skotlandia, James Herriot, yang kubaca (^o^)/

Kali ini dikisahkan juga mengenai hewan-hewan ternak, dan bagaimana si dokter muda yang baru lulus kuliah datang di tempat ini untuk kerja prakteknya.
Dan walau ada beberapa kisah yang pernah dimuat di buku yang sebelumnya kubaca, cerita-cerita di buku ini benar-benar mempesona dengan cara khas Mr. Herriot.

Mulai dari membantu kelahiran bayi sapi dan kuda yang sung
I remember reading these a long time ago, back when there was a TV series loosely based on the books and I was still keen to be a vet. This book tells the tale of the young James, just of college and desperate for a job, meeting Siegfried for the first time and slowly coming to terms with the characters around him - human and animal. There are lots of touching, funny, sad and outright hilarious moments; some that any animal owner will recognise and sympathise with. Times may have changed a lot, ...more
James Herriot's books are some of my favourite comfort reads, and it occurred to me I hadn't read them in several years, so here I am, back in late 1930's Yorkshire.

If you're never encountered James Herriot, he was a vet who got his first job in the Yorkshire Dales and never left. He fell in love with the countryside, the people, the animals and his life there, and that love really shows in his books. Starting his career at a point where the tractor was quickly taking over from horses, and huge
Nov 28, 2008 Miranda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: animal lovers
Recommended to Miranda by: English Teacher
Shelves: animal
I had to read one of James Herriot's books for a book report. I ended up devouring every single one of his books in a matter of 2-3 days when I was 17. My English teacher was very impressed.
Abi Ghifari
Jan 19, 2014 Abi Ghifari rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel
Saya mengenal novel 'If Only They Could Talk' untuk pertama kalinya justru dari novel-novel karya Andrea Hirata yang terangkum dalam tetralogi Laskar Pelangi. Novel yang ditulis oleh James Herriot ini mengisahkan tentang pengalaman dan petualangan dirinya setelah lulus dari sekolah kedokteran hewan dan kemudian bekerja sebagai asisten praktek di desa kecil Darrowby.

Pengalaman demi pengalaman menarik dialami Herriot di tahun pertamanya menjadi asisten seorang dokter hewan dengan reputasi yang bai
Oct 23, 2013 Denis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved animals all my life. Read it as a child. Got it from my mom. For every generation...
David Douglas
May 16, 2015 David Douglas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant, read this as a teenager years ago. Just as good second time round.
Tezar Yulianto
ceritanya unik. ada sedih, lucu, tapi sebagian besar mengesankan. ^^
Shinta Suhindrati
May 03, 2016 Shinta Suhindrati rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Shinta by: Rahmadiyanti
Shelves: memoir, inspiration
Buku yang keren tentang setahun pertama pengalaman seorang dokter hewan *yang baru lulus* di pedesaan Inggris. Dedikasinya, gambarannya mengenai pedesaan yang indah, dan segala macam cerita hewan yang ditanganinya. Kisah-kisahnya sederhana saja, tapi mencengangkan, seru, dan lucu. Benar-benar bisa terbayang pekerjaan dokter hewan yang sesungguhnya di sini. Penuh darah, kotoran, lendir, dan harga diri yang hancur. Tapi semuanya terbayar saat menyaksikan hewan-hewan yang sembuh, dan khususnya, ana ...more
Feb 29, 2016 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Wonderfully charming.

This wasn't difficult to read, besides the names of some of the conditions – but you can easily get the gist of what's wrong with the animal, without having to be a veterinary expert. It was interesting to read about the old methods and medicines and see how things have changed.

It wasn't all about the animals, though. The book describes his daily life at the practice and weaves in the memorable cases. The whole feel of this was just so lovely and cosy. It sure was a simpler
Mar 07, 2012 Eddie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very different from my usual reads, this book gave me a real feel for the day to day activities of a life so unlike my own. In a laid back, positive style and with a subtle kind of humor that creeps up slowly, James Herriot takes us through his first year of apprenticeship as a Veterinarian in Yorkshire, in which he has to learn to handle both the animals and their diverse, eccentric owners.

A routine part of the job, Herriot frequently finds himself shoulder deep inside the rectum of some animal
May 16, 2011 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone!
What a book! I read a battered 1973 edition, and its well-loved condition should have indicated just how great it was going to be, but it took me a while before I first picked it up.

Hilarity ensues from page one, with Herriot (first person narrator) and a cow in labour (I shall say no more). It is hard to believe that the book is based on the writer's real life experiences of a nineteen thirties vetinary practice in the Yorkshire Dales. Indeed, most of the characters are so well described they t
Jules Jones
First of the memoir/novels by James Herriot about life in a rural veterinary practice, abridged to 3 CD length. It's read by Christopher Timothy, who played Herriot in the 1970s/80s tv adaptation All Creatures Great and Small, and it's read very well.[return][return]This book covers the period from Herriot's arrival at the practice for a job interview to the end of his first year there. It was a time when modern drugs were just starting to come into use -- before antibiotics, but with some other ...more
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James Herriot is the pen name of James Alfred Wight, OBE, FRCVS also known as Alf Wight, an English veterinary surgeon and writer. Wight is best known for his semi-autobiographical stories, often referred to collectively as All Creatures Great and Small, a title used in some editions and in film and television adaptations.

In 1939, at the age of 23, he qualified as a veterinary surgeon with Glasgow
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“My mind went back to that picture in the obstetrics book. A cow standing in the middle of a gleaming floor while a sleek veterinary surgeon in a spotless parturition overall inserted his arm to a polite distance. He was relaxed and smiling, the farmer and his helpers were smiling, even the cow was smiling. There was no dirt or blood or sweat anywhere.
That man in the picture had just finished an excellent lunch and had moved next door to do a bit of calving just for the sheer pleasure of it, as a kind of dessert. He hadn't crawled shivering from his bed at two o'clock in the morning and bumped over twelve miles of frozen snow, staring sleepily ahead till the lonely farm showed in the headlights. He hadn't climbed half a mile of white fell-side to the doorless barn where his patient lay.”
“He devoted a considerable amount of his acute intelligence to the cause of doing as little as possible.” 0 likes
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