The Apprenticeship of Doctor LavertyBook - 2004
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.
Characteristics: 312 p. ;,23 cm.