You have got to read this book. It is the story of a newly appointed doctor who joins the practice of older, crotchety doctor, in Ulster Province, Northern Island, Dr. Fingal Flahertie O’Reilly.
While at first the new doctor, Barry Laferty, judges O’Reilly to be totally incompetent and foolish, he comes to understand that the older man is both compassionate and effective.
The book takes you through myriad characters, all of whom are kindly portrayed by stories and sayings. All, that is, except the Councillor, Mr. Bishop, who is powerful and cruel.
Interesting sayings pepper the book with humor and imagination. Take the words of the doctor’s cook and house keeper, Kinky, Mrs. Kincaid. After seeing a James Bond movie, or as she names it, a “double-oh-seven film,” she remarks saucily. “I’d not mind having that Sean Connery’s slippers under my bed, so.”
Happy endings due to the cleverness of Dr. O’Reilly leave you smiling.