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The author of the book: Patrick Taylor
Language: English
ISBN: 0765368242
ISBN 13: 9780765368249
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 597 KB
Edition: Forge Books
Date of issue: August 2nd 2011

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Surprisingly, an enjoyable read. I picked this book because I love everything about Ireland. I think my romantic notion of Ireland began after reading Frank McCourt’s Angela’s Ashes and its two sequels and seeing the 2000-blockbuster film Billy Elliot. From there, my list goes on and one. I read every single book with Ireland as setting that I fortunately came across: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce, At Swim-Two-Birds by Flann O’Brien, At Swim, Two Boys by Jamie O’Neill, Kieron Smith, boy by James Kellman, The Sea by John Banville, The Gathering by Anne Enright, Felicia’s Journey by William Trevor, The Master by Colm Toibin, etc.

An Irish Country Doctor, first published in 2007, is a novel by a real medical doctor, Patrick Taylor. He was born in Bangor, Northern Island in 1941. He studied and practiced medicine. When he retired, he was a medical researcher on reproductive medicine where he also got a lifetime award of excellence. Among his eight books, this novel was the most successful. It was a New York Time bestseller, has been translated to 13 languages, has resulted to at least 4 sequels already and has been recognition as book of the month by many book clubs and some book award-giving bodies.

It is about a young doctor, fresh from medical school, Barry Laverty, M.B., who finds his first employment in a fictional town called Ballybucklebo in Northern Ireland. He had travelled far from a medical school in Belfast only to find that there is already an aging doctor in town, the eccentric Dr. Fingal Flahertie O’Reilly. Their working together is like Aubrey and Maturin aboard brig Sophie in Patrick O’Brian’s Master and Commander. They work and exist together but their differences – particularly because of age – make everything they do together interesting. Sometimes funny yet strange. Educational yet you sometimes wonder which approach is better. Think of the time when you are sick and you are given a choice between a pill at an herb. Many will surely choose a pill but some people would like to have a herbal medicine first as it has lesser side effects.

My favorite part is the very descriptive childbirth “face up” scene. During the normal delivery head first but face down, right? Here, there is a scene when the baby’s face was the first to exit from the vaginal opening and the 2 doctors have no way to do a caesarian operation. That part was really interesting because I had never heard of that case before.

I am a graduate of a paramedical degree and so that helped me in understanding and appreciating this novel. Many novelists, particularly in thriller genre, are lawyers. So, it is like a breath of fresh air to have a medical doctor writing a humorous novel based on his real-life experiences while practicing his profession. I would have a second thought if this was a medical book or a memoir but a novel about Ireland and Irish town folks? I say, bring it on! I would love to read the four sequels for this book anytime.

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Patrick Taylor, M.D., is the author of the Irish Country books, including An Irish Country Doctor, An Irish Country Village, An Irish Country Christmas, An Irish Country Girl, and An Irish Country Courtship. Taylor was born and raised in Bangor, County Down, in Northern Ireland. After qualifying as a specialist in 1969, he worked in Canada for thirty-one years. He now lives on Saltspring Island, British Columbia.

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