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Fingal O'Reilly, Irish Doctor (Irish Country Books) [Hardcover]

Patrick Taylor
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  • Hardcover: 431 pages
  • Publisher: Forge (15 Oct 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765335247
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765335241
  • Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 16.3 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 184,331 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fingal O'Reilly, Irish Doctor Fans of Taylor's bestselling Irish Country novels know Dr. Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly as the irascible senior partner of a general practice in the colorful Irish village of Ballybucklebo. Newly married to his once long-lost sweetheart, he's ready to settle into domestic bliss, but there's always something requiring his attention, be it a riding accident, a difficult patient with a worrisome heart c... Full description

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5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF OUR OWN 22 Nov 2013
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Have read several of Patrick's books in this series and thoroughly enjoyed this one as much as the others.
I live in a rural area of Northern Ireland and know a surgery very similar to Dr. Fingal O'Reilley's so can relate to all the
characters and events.
I cant wait to find out if Barry Laverty married the local schoolteacher and I guess I must have missed the book which
relates how Fingal met Kitty after all those years and how their relationship was rekindled. If you know which books cover these happenings, I would be so grateful if you would let me know as I would really love to purchase them.Perhaps you would let me have a list of the order in whish I should read all Patrick's books. I would be so very grateful
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5.0 out of 5 stars Top Quality Reading 17 Dec 2013
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First Class reading as with all his irish country books.
The whole concept of life in a small village based around a doctors practice is great.
I have read all these books and look forward to reading more.
I would recommend these books anyone who enjoys a mixture of Serious/Amusing stories
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3.0 out of 5 stars Resting a bit on his laurels 5 Nov 2013
By HopewellMom - Published on
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I love this series (except for "An Irish Country Girl" which I thought was ridiculous), but it seemed to me that the author was "coasting" on this one.

First the good: The story was as wonderful as Taylor's series always is. The characters are among my favorites. I honestly look forward to each new book in this series so much so that I hate to criticize, but I must.

Now, The bad: Too much overly-stilted conversation drawn from newspapers of the day, old medical textbooks and the like. It is a series that does need medical explanations, but they got pretty long-winded in this one. When a character says something like "So, do you think England's King Edward will abdicate" and when a guy in a pub started pontificating in very newspaper-ish language about the Civil War in Spain, I groaned. It sometimes seemed as though he was stringing bits of story together with Wikipedia articles too. A lot of tourist guide stuff was wedged in, too, and there were blatant pandering to the Americans who likely buy most of these books such as phrases along the lines of this one, "a medical specialty known in American as Internal Medicine" that sort of thing. A small footnote explaining a term would have been much nicer than a long-winded reference book piece that nearly dis-rails the story.

All of that said, I AM EAGERLY looking forward to the next installment. I listened to the audio and John Keating's performance was, as always, outstanding. He IS the voice of these characters to me as I have enjoyed most of this series on audio.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Taylor Nails It - Again! 14 Feb 2014
By Peggy Glenn - Published on
Taylor's latest book takes an in-depth look at Fingal O'Reilly, the doctor. Having graduated from medical school in Dublin in the 1930s, O'Reilly signed on to a job ministering to the very poorest of Dublin's disenfranchised lower class. The experiences of that time changed the course of his medical life, his romantic life, and his friendships. It's probably very helpful to any reader of this book to have started at the beginning of the series, or at least go back and read them all. Taylor's greatest strength, IMHO, is in the way he makes the village and the villagers come to life. Knowing all the players is not at all essential to enjoying this book, but is a delightful backstory not to be missed.

Anyway, back to this book. With well-crafted storytelling, Taylor shows us how the newly-married O'Reilly and his wife (Kitty O'Halloran O'Reilly, his true love from 30 years ago) weathered the storm of Fingal's early days of 24/7/365 doctoring and how that experience has made their marriage such a sweet reward. To tell both of these stories, he magically weaves incidents of O'Reilly's time in the trenches of the Dublin tenements into his contemporary (1960s) life as the beloved and revered doctor in a small village in Ulster. Och, sure, aren't there just a few wee bits of loads of medical jargon, but, then again, isn't this O'Reilly's story to tell? And isn't he a doctor? And didn't he participate in, or witness, some history-making advances in medical care in both time spans? Away off with ye if the details bother yer path through the book. Gut it out, it's worth the work.

Some very skillful editing makes the time transitions back and forth not hard to follow, although I confess to skipping through near the end, 'cause I wanted to finish up with Kinky's news.

My only wish as I finished this book was that the next one was ready, already. I feel as if I could walk up to any of the characters in the book, know them by sight and voice, and walk into the nearest pub (women are allowed now) for something to quench my thirst. I'm hoping the next book gives us more news of the well-drawn and delightful characters in the village who were really background actors playing bit parts in this book which delved into, um, the title of the book: Fingal O'Reilly, Irish Doctor.

Tip o' the pen to ya, Patrick Taylor. Well done!
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Patrick Taylor does it AGAIN! 2 Nov 2013
By Lois A. Zollars - Published on
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I have been hooked on the crazy, wonderful series of Patrick Taylor's stories of Fingal O'Reilly and his other lovable characters. While the books are THOROUGHLY entertaining- real page turners, it's also a learning experience of how we have progressed in the medical world. I like how the author portrays how doctors REALLY get attached to and care about their patients, how they reach their diagnostic conclusions, and how they follow up with a course of action- based on the medical knowledge and medicines that they had available at the time. The old and the new characters introduced into every book makes you want to cry, laugh, and just plain ol' "scratch your head" at their antics and the way they looked at life! I've read he's working on another Fingal novel- I'M READY AND WAITING!!!!!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yet another great yarn from Taylor 17 Nov 2013
By margaret hardy - Published on
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I love Fingal O'Reilly. Provides complete immersion in Irish history and culture. Problem is I read faster than Patrick Taylor can write.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Irish Country Doctor series 29 Jan 2014
By Kathleen Hunt - Published on
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Taylor is a master story teller! Waiting for his next one! he makes you feel that you are right there in Ireland
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