The Apprenticeship of Doctor Laverty

The Apprenticeship of Doctor Laverty

Book - 2004
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This is James Herriot for humans. Evocative of an earlier, innocent time, this deceptively simple, entertaining, moving story is written with wondrous skill, drawing us into the life of a small Irish village. Set in a general medical practice in the Ulster village of Ballybuckiebo in 1964, Dr. Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly is a fifty-six-year-old, unmarried country doctor, who runs his one-man office along unorthodox lines. O'Reilly is joined by a wet-behind-the-ears new medical graduate, Dr. Barry Laverty, who is unsure where his future lies. From their initial encounter, when O'Reilly hurls the hapless Seamus Galvin into a bed of rose bushes, to the final chapter wherein Laverty solves his dilemma about whether to Join O'Reilly in a permanent position, Taylor explores the often stormy relationship between the two men. family; Arthur Guinness; O'Reilly's alcoholic black Labrador; Maggie MacCorkle, who suffers from headaches centred two inches above her head; Sonny who lives in an abandoned car and is in love with Maggie but cannot resolve their long-standing, star-crossed romance until he has settled his dispute with Councillor Bishop, Grand Master of the Orange Lodge, property developer and all-around bastard; Mrs. Kinky Kincald, O'Reilly's Cork housekeeper and Patricia Spence, engineering student, proto-feminist and the love of Barry's life. Taylor captures the charm, wit and ribald humour of the Irish countryside and its people. A heart-warming start to a multi-volume cycle set in the sleepy hamlet of Ballybucklebo.
Publisher: Toronto, ON : Insomniac Press, 2004.
ISBN: 9781894663779
Characteristics: 312 p. ;,23 cm.


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Oct 16, 2018

Great read, loved the humour. Couldn't ask for better!

Kstobo Oct 15, 2018

The way Mr. Taylor writes feels like slipping into a hot bath for your brain. It's not overly complicated reading, but the depth and the colourful quality of the characters draws you in, makes you view them as if you've known them all your life. Ballybucklebo is a tiny little village in Ulster County, Ireland, but there's more life in it than any big city novel I've encountered.

Jan 14, 2016

I know a lot of folks love this series of books, but this first one just doesn't seem very well written to me. I'm trying to put a finger on it, but perhaps it's not the writing but the subject and characters I just don't connect with as well as I'd like. Barry, Fingal, and Kinky make an interesting household and the small town characters are comic, pitiable, or despicable in turn. Perhaps the time period just doesn't strike a nerve for me (even though it's during my lifetime). The best part for me was the glossary of Irish Gaelic words/phrases in the back of the book.

Jun 23, 2015

Barry Laverty has just finished medical school and is joining a GP practice in a small northern Irish town. This is a quiet book about living in a small town in northern Ireland during the early 1960's. I was surprised at the the doctors' knowledge of literature and the lack of political conflict.

WVMLStaffPicks Oct 20, 2014

1960’s Ireland produces lots of quaint charm and interesting stories for recent medical grad Barry Laverty. The village is complete with a crusty, knowing older doctor and lots of unusual patients. Barry must decide if he wants to be a rural doctor and the village will decide if they should accept this young newcomer.

JaclynA Apr 04, 2014

This is a sweet and delightful book full of charming colourful characters. This was a very fast read, without long overdrawn descriptions about anything unimportant. It was direct and to the point, with a doctor who has common sense. Perfect for a rainy day.

Feb 24, 2014

Delightful. Young doctor assisting an older doctor in small village Ireland. Great humor. A shear delight with a treasure trove of interesting characters you will come to love.

Jul 28, 2013

Patrick Taylor is the "male" Maeve Binchy. A wonderful writer of great stories. I've read all the "Irish Country" series of books and would recommend reading these books if you enjoy colourful characters that are so true to life that by the end of each book you feel you personally know each and everyone of them. Patrick is a retired doctor now living in Canada. His tales from "Ballybucklebo"will make you smile, cry and then laugh right out loud. Love his books and look forward to reading more tales of this small Northern Ireland village written by a very talented writer.

Feb 07, 2013

I enjoy this genre of book. The pace is slow but you get to know and love the characters of this small village and cannot wait to find out what is happening in the thier lives next.

sablegirl Jan 24, 2013

Another great book by one of my new favorite authors; Patrick Taylor. I am in love with Ireland and these books just take me back there. I love the Irish slang and enjoy the "translations" in the back of the book. These books are funny, hearwarming and "delicious!" I recommend them to everyone and will continue to read them myself. I can't put them down and would love to just sit in a comfy chair, have a cup of tea and read them through!

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