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I am a former (and perhaps future) patient of the doctor in this book, Tim Lepore, and the stories spun here are all true and very entertaining. I found myself laughing out loud at parts. Tim is a larger-than-life figure on the island. Eccentric. Brilliant. Hard working. A vital part of the community. I found the book to be a little scattered and would have appreciated a slightly more linear approach to telling Tim's story, but overall, it was quite enjoyable. The only downside of this experience was the narrator, who did his best to make everyone who lives on Nantucket sound like a back-water r-smearing hick. Not everyone here speaks with a folks fishing-village New England accent. (Although, admittedly, some do.)
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I would not recommend this book, firstly it is very long seemingly covering every action the doctor took from his parents meeting to age 67. Although the doctor dose seem like an amazing person with lots of good story's, the style makes it hard to tolerate. Written as an series of quotes, with little connection this book lacks the progression, plot, and organization that tie together James Herriot stories. The author seems more interested in writing an tribute then writing an novel.
This book could have been good if tackled by an author capable of crafting coherent stories. Unfortangly Island Practice is less "the naked lady who stood on her head" or "all things bright and beautiful" and more an ten hour long obituary.
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