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An Irish Country Christmas by Patrick Taylor
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Oct 24, 2010

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An Irish Country Christmas is the third of a series of beautifully covered novels sent in the Irish Ulster village of Ballybucklebo in the 1960's. All the characters I have grown to love are back and continuing right where they left in An Irish Country Doctor. The stories all center around two doctors, young Dr Barry Laverty, pining after his lovely lassie who has gone off to Cambridge on an engineering scholarship and may or may not be falling out of love with him, and the more senior, Dr Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly, with a nose that has a distinct list to port. His lady love died during the war, but he has recently been seen out and about with a beautiful nurse who he actually cared for even before his late wife. Their housekeeper, Kinky Kinkaid, who we learned so much about in An Irish Country Girl is still here, looking after her doctors and feeding them her exquisite cookery that Taylor describes with such detail and skill that one needs a snack nearby whenever reading these books. This book, like hers, has some of her recipes in the back. They are daunting indeed. Most people, like me, believe the lovely meals described so often in these books are their own kind of joy to experience. The book lets us share with the doctors a week or two of their lives as country doctors. We meet a wonderfully obnoxious new doctor from O'Reilly's past that must be dealt with after it is discovered that he is prescribing gunpowder for infertility and other such fun nonsense. It's said that if such a patient should die, he cannot be cremated. You'll have to read the book to discover why! Though this was the 4th round of Taylor's books for me, I found it to be quite different in general from the others. Same town, same villagers, but the feel of it all was slightly more masculine, especially the language. I learned 4 new ways to accuse someone of having less than normal intelligence and was reminded of the male sex drive and just how much they think about that all day. I suppose the rumours are true. I almost suspected that this was actually the first novel he wrote but saved it for later. It was ever so slightly less polished than the others. I would recommend it to be read last. Irish Country Christmas by Patrick Taylor
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Reading Progress

October 24, 2010 – Shelved
December 1, 2010 – Started Reading
December 1, 2010 –
0.0% "None of the others had so much man-language!"
December 4, 2010 –
60.0% "This one is so different, so manly with more colorful language. Thanks to the glossary in the back of the book, I now know what a "gobshite" is! My son laughed so hard I feared he would hurt himself, the buck eejut wee bairn that he is!"
December 5, 2010 – Finished Reading

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